Sheriffs use injury-detecting tech to remotely report officers down (VIDEOS)

A Virginia sheriff’s office will be the first in the country to field a wearable sensor that can automatically call for help if it is damaged.

The Montgomery County, Virginia sheriff’s office last week announced they will be spending $86,000 to purchase SES Automatic Injury Detection (AID) system panels for every officer. The panels fit on the deputy’s body armor and, if damaged– for example by a knife or bullet– will automatically generate a phone call and text out identifying the officer, injury location, and their Google Earth coordinates.

“This day, to us, means possibly saving one of my deputy’s lives one day,” Sheriff Hank Partin told WSLS in the above video. “I hope we can spread this technology far and wide.”

SES hopes not only to provide the tech to agencies moving forward but also versions to the civilian market as well. They tout it as the “first wearable active sensor technology with the ability to automatically summon help without human assistance.”

Below are a couple of demos of the SES AID system in tests.