DAN Europe R&I has activated agreements with industrial and scientific partners for the joint development of patents and for the supply of electronic components. Among the main partners of the project:  Altec Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering (management of big data and satellite links) and Comftech (wearable devices).

The two-way telemedicine and geo-localization services in diving and other sports will come to market with a specialization given by the experience of the rescue model operated by DAN Europe in 40 years of experience in emergency medicine, worldwide.


credit by Altec/ASI

For the purposes of telemedicine in remote environments DAN R&I could not help but use an expert partner in the space sector that is represented in this case by the company ALTEC (Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company) that for its experience in the management and control of space missions has often been called the “Italian Houston”.

ALTEC is the Italian center of excellence for the provision of engineering and logistics services to support the operations and utilization of the International Space Station and the development and implementation of planetary exploration missions.  ALTEC is a public-private company owned by the largest European space company, Thales Alenia Space and the Italian Space Agency, ASI.

ALTEC is based in Turin and has its own staff seconded to NASA and ESA.

ALTEC services range from engineering and logistic support to the training of astronauts, to the support to experiments in particular of biomedicine, to the processing of scientific data, to the development and management of the ground segment of space programs and the promotion of space culture.

Comftech is an innovative SME that deals with the design and implementation of wearable monitoring systems based on textile sensors and smart garments.

The peculiarity of these wearables is given by the presence of sensors fully integrated into the fabric that, through a small electronic device and a special app, ensure the acquisition of physiological parameters with a very comfortable and not bulky method.

Heart rate, respiratory rate, body position and level of activity are the salient data recorded by these wearables that can be washed normally in the washing machine, like a common T-shirt for athletic use.

The wearable approach is essential for the purposes of DAN R&I that aims to monitor and intervene on athletes in extreme environments whose performance should not be affected in any way by data collection.

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Various university bodies are included in the project among these we remember:

  • Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Padua with reference to the Director of the Master in Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine Dr. Gerardo Bosco

  • The University of Insubria collaborates with the project especially for the clinical skills related to cardiorespiratory monitoring with reference to Prof. Cesare Beghi

  • The laboratory of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology of the Department of Health Sciences (DISS) performs clinical biochemistry analysis on plasma and blood serum to detect changes over time of indices related to oxidative stress and decompression, as well as markers related to cardiopulmonary effort of divers, freedivers and athletes with reference to Prof. Michele Samaja

  • The Department of Maxillofacial Surgery of Pisa collaborates with the project for aspects related to respiratory disorders in sleep within a multidisciplinary project that has as its role the use of wearables in the diagnosis and ongoing care of subjects suffering from this disease with reference to the director of the department Dr Bruno Brevi