Mission Navigation Belt

The Mission Navigation Belt is developed together with the Royal Netherlands Army, and designed to provide users with intuitive information in critical situations. Information is provided directly to the skin keeping hands, eyes and ears free. The Mission Navigation Belt can be used to transmit information regarding navigation, communication, and warning signals.

Suitable for Military conditions

The Mission Navigation Belt is made from a moisture-wicking, breathable and anti-bacterial material, to make it comfortable to wear in different situations and environments. The Mission Navigation Belt can be easily put on by using the side zipper or velcro closure. The electronics can withstand 10% stretch and are washable.

Available for order 2017

Information is presented in an intuitive way

The Mission Navigation Belt can either be integrated in a belt around the chest or in a shirt and can be used with operational outfit and equipment. It contains 8 vibration motors that are placed around the torso in order to provide information regarding direction or communication. 

Connects to existing systems

The Mission Navigation belt is designed to enable an easy connection to existing information and positioning systems (such as C4I), either by cable or Bluetooth connection. The belt contains a built-in compass to allow for directional information.

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Technical Specifications

  • Laminated electronics, seamlessly integrated into textile
  • Stretchable and bendable
  • Electronics are washable (hand wash or 30 °C )
  • Sweat resistant
  • Bluetooth or USB connection
  • HID connection to all common devices and operating systems (mobile and desktop)
  • Powerful ARM processor
  • Shirt runs on ‘TactileOS’ operating system, which accommodates future applications or custom work
  • Integrated compass and GPS
  • Battery time at least 8 hours (depends highly on use)
  • Weight: ± 200-250 gram
  • Sizes: XS to XXL, or can be laminated into existing attire


Waypoint navigation


The shirt offers an easy and reliable way of navigation. Vibrations are given in the direction of the next waypoint. Distance can be distinguished by the number of vibrations.

The shirt gives a clear signal when the waypoint is reached and automatically moves on to the next.

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The navigation application can be used for waypoint navigation and guidance to a rendez-vous point or to patrol an area. If a group is separated, the individual soldiers can be directed to the established rendez-vous point.



With the covert communication application, group communication is possible by sharing pre-defined tactile patterns. Short signals can be sent discreetly without being seen or heard.

Thus communication remains possible even in conditions with low visibility when emission of light or sound is undesired.

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First results were positive!

The Mission Navigation Belt has been tested by a group of Dutch Infantry Soldiers in multiple military situations during day and night time. Their reactions were positive:

“ The Mission Navigation Belt is very comfortable, I was not hindered in my performance and I did not feel the belt under my clothes except for the vibration signals. (Belt or vest worn in combination with full equipment).”

“ The Mission Navigation Belt is beneficial for navigation, especially in the dark. You are more certain of your exact location and the direction you are going and less dependent on landmarks and hand signals.”

Interested in using the Mission Navigation Belt?

We build custom solutions for partners who want to integrate our technology in their system. Contact us with your ideas to info@elitac.nl.