SIARS – A scientific project for reduced risk on the battlefield

“The SiARS project, which affects the improvement of combat readiness, but also the possibility of saving lives in extreme circumstances, shows that the Republic of Macedonia has something to offer to the NATO Alliance and can cooperate with NATO member states at the same level”, said the Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, on today’s opening of the SIARS Project Workshop in Skopje.

The project is implemented by the Military Academy and academic institutions such as the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Medicine from Ljubljana and the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering from the Skopje University “St. Cyril and Methodius”, and supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme. Its goal is to develop technologies for transmitting the vital signs of life of soldiers on the battlefield to medical teams in real time.

At the opening of the Workshop, Minister Shekerinska pointed out that with this system for the transfer of vital physiological information, the risks will undoubtedly be reduced to the soldiers and will increase the number of saved lives. “The goal is really noble. Those who are risking their lives for our security, deserve for us to try and do our best to reduce the risk as much as possible, deserve our commitment to create the conditions for them to perform their work quickly, efficiently and as safe as possible”, said Shekerinska. She added that this project, which unites a large number of institutions, shows that Macedonia is working hard on its strategic goal – NATO membership, because “membership in the Alliance is not only a military goal of the Republic of Macedonia, but it is also a great plus for the academic institutions, for our researchers and experts, and a great advantage for the advancement of Macedonian technology and innovative solutions”.

The Project Director, Janez Trontelj, thanked the organizers and the research team from the Slovenian and Macedonian faculties. “The participants of this project are excellent scientists. You were all totally committed to working together and have achieved excellent results”, he said. He pointed out that he was positively surprised by the dedication and enthusiasm of the young Macedonian researchers, who he said had done a great job.

The ambassadors of Croatia and Slovenia, Danijela Barišić and Milan Jazbec, emphasized that these countries give unequivocal support for Macedonia’s membership in the Alliance. Ambassador Jazbec said that this is an interdisciplinary project with a multidimensional message, an example that Macedonia has something to offer to the Alliance. Ambassador Barišić pointed out that NATO means democracy, the rule of law, technology and science. “The Government of Macedonia has the will and strength to carry out reforms for the strategic goal – NATO membership and Croatia will help you achieve the goals, which is good for you, for the region, for NATO and for the European Union”, Barišić said.

The Dean of the Military Academy, Colonel Orce Popovski, said that the Academy has a rich history in research-based projects that shape our vision for improving the educational process and finding platforms for new ideas and innovations. He said that the Military Academy is part of four scientific projects financially supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme and this is one of those projects.