Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Made-in-Canada Wearables:
Challenging products, populations and landscapes

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm
Robert Sutherland Hall, room 554

co-hosted with the MPA Program, Department of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada

This presentation positions wearables as private, public, and dual-use military technologies in hybrid roles blurring regular and irregular warfare. Deployed to monitor human, technical, and environmental conditions, wearables support adaptive responses to changing physical, policy, and security landscapes. This discussion addresses the full lifecycle of made-in-Canada wearables, with particular emphasis on uniformed personnel. Considered as instances of dual-use technology, wearables illustrate - and reality-check - the multiple privacy and security risks presented by emerging platforms for AI, unmanned systems, and embedded sensing. Examples from safety, medical, and sports product development are shared; with emphasis on Canada's strengths, including strategic coordination of applied, basic, and clinical research programs.

Andre Arnold photo


Andre Arnold 

Experimental, Emerging, & Dual-Use Technologies
Applied Research Scientist, Enterprise Architect, & Wearable Products
AI, Cyber, & Human-systems
Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) - Instructional Designer, Wearable Technology

Dymond - Enterprise Architect - Dual-Use Applications




Dr. Andre Arnold is a scientific researcher and product architect with wearable technology experience in industrial, academic, and government laboratories. He focuses on dual-use wearables and uniforms for medical, sport and safety applications. His defence-oriented research scope is human-centered and applied technology-driven. This research sets wearables towards challenges in cybersecurity and secure-AI, onshore manufacturing, simulation, decision-making, and policy.