Reliable Analytics for Disease Indicators (ReADI)

Have a Smartphone?

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) has been selected by DARPA to lead a research project called Reliable Analytics for Disease Indicators (ReADI). This project will help the team understand pre-clinical indicators of developing health disorders.

The ReADI project is being conducted to understand how continuously measured signals from smartphones could be used to detect human health status. We are interested in learning more about factors involved in different health problems in order to understand how best to identify and address health concerns rapidly, specifically using non-invasive measures gathered through everyday smartphone use.

By participating in this project, you will be providing data that will help improve our ability to assess individual readiness and health!

Frequently Asked Questions

How anonymous is the data?

  • We have designed the study to make the data as anonymous as possible. Your research coordinator will provide you with an anonymized participant ID that will be used in place of your name for all data collection and storage. This mapping is necessary for providing rewards or following up if any issues arise.
  • To maintain anonymity, you should not reveal your participant ID to anyone else.

How long is the study?

  • The study is ongoing through 2021. We would like for participants to be enrolled for at least 2 months.

What will I have to do if I join the study?

  • You will first review and sign the consent form and then receive a link to the initial survey (takes ~30 min) along with instructions to download the application. You will then receive daily surveys – no more than 10 questions a day, typically less than 5 minutes to complete.

Who developed the mSense application?

  • mSense is developed and maintained by Kryptowire LLC.

That’s a lot of data! What if I’m not comfortable with how much data is being collected?

  • With the exception of data collected from the gyroscope and accelerometer, you have the option to opt out of any features you’re uncomfortable with. Please see the last question for descriptions of how each data type is handled and protected.

How is my data handled and protected? How will it help?

  • General
    All data is tied to an anonymous participant ID. Data is encrypted on the device and is also encrypted in transmission to the data collection infrastructure. For additional details on the data collected, please click to download the iOS version manual or the Android version manual.
  • Proximity and location
    GPS data is collected for determining a device’s geographic location. The absolute location of the device is not reported, but rather the delta between the current position and previous recordings to get a relative position.
  • SMS Messages
    Metadata regarding the time a message was sent or received is collected. No data about the sender, recipient, or body of the message is collected.
  • Audio
    Users can use mSense to explicitly record and grant permission to collect an audio file they record. The file is processed to capture mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC) data from the audio. MFCC data are a representation of the short-term power spectrum of sound which cannot be used to recreate raw audio recordings. Audio samples are not collected in the background outside the context of the mSense app.
  • Camera/Photo Gallery:  
    Users can use mSense to explicitly record or grant permission to collect an image or video file they have recorded. Camera data is not collected in the background outside the context of the mSense app.
  • Touch
    Information about whether the device is being held and if the screen is on or off are collected.
  • System Information
    Battery level and whether the device is charging are collected, along with information about whether Wi-Fi or Bluetooth are enabled and if there is an active connection. For active connections, the connection type (e.g., Wi-Fi, mobile data, ethernet, etc.) will be collected.
  • Calendar
    Metadata collected for calendar entries includes only when the user created or modified the entry. No data about the event itself or its participants is collected.

Privacy Policy

Data Collection
Immediately following installation, the app will not collect, store, or transmit any personal information from the device on which it is running. The app will upload reports when the app crashes. These reports contain information about the state of the app when it crashed, and the app developers will use these crash reports to improve the app. These reports do not contain any personal information. Once the study begins (e.g., after entering a confirmation code), the app will begin collecting data as defined by the study. You may disable sensors (via app user interface toggle buttons) at any time for any reason. You may quit a study and/or uninstall the app at any time, for any reason. Data is automatically uploaded when the device is connected to a WiFi network and its battery is being charged.

Do not attempt to use the app to record confidential communications. Short audio snippets may be recorded as part of some studies that you choose to participate in for purposes such as cough detection, environmental loudness and social interaction frequency. All audio recordings will be processed on your device and the full contents of the recording will not be accessible for use in a study, or by you. Only summaries or features of the recordings will be used in, or will be accessible as part of, a study, like loudness, pitch, and frequency. If you are in a location where recording a confidential communication is likely or if you suspect that a confidential communication is taking place, you must disable audio collection, close, or otherwise disable the app.

For more information on the types of data could be collected in a study please refer to the Research Subject Information and Consent Form which is provided to you at the beginning of each study.

Data Use
Data collected in studies run by Lockheed Martin are used according to the policies set forth during the consent process, which limit use of all data to the specific purposes of the study. All data are used in aggregated analyses to protect the privacy of participants.

Data Sharing
Data collected in studies run by Lockheed Martin may be shared with research collaborators according to the policies set forth during the consent process.

Data Retention and Deletion
Data collected as part of the ReADI Study will be retained at least through completion of the DARPA Warfighter Analytics Using Smartphones for Health (WASH) program. Further retention will follow policies set forth during the consent process. You may email the study coordinator at any time to request deletion of your data. To do this, send an email to

Children’s Privacy
Studies run by Lockheed Martin are not designed with the intent to attract the collection of information from children under the age of 18. We ask that children under the age of 18 not apply to participate in this study.

If you are a resident of California as defined in the California Code of Regulations (18 CCR § 17014), you have the following rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”):

Effective January 1, 2020, the CCPA allows California residents to request: access to their personal information in a portable and readily usable form; disclosure of the specific categories of, and sources for, personal information that the company has collected about you; the business or commercial purposes for collecting the personal information; the categories of third parties with which the information was shared; and, deletion of your personal information, subject to certain exceptions.

You must verify your identity before we will fulfill your request. As a part of this verification process, government identification may be required. You may designate an authorized agent to make a request under the CCPA on your behalf. In order to designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf, you must provide a valid power of attorney and the requester’s valid government-issued identification.

You have the right to make a request two times in a 12-month period, free of charge. We will respond within 45 days of receiving your request, unless we request an extension. In the event a 45-day extension is needed, we will notify you of the extension within the initial 45-day period.

As defined by California’s ‘Shine the Light Law,’ California residents may annually request and obtain information free of charge about what personal information is disclosed to third-parties for direct marketing use within the prior calendar year. Lockheed does not sell or share your personal information with other businesses for direct marketing.

Changes to this Privacy Notice
Lockheed Martin reserves the right to modify this Privacy Notice at any time. If we make changes to this Privacy Notice, we will post the revised notice here and update the effective date.

Effective: September 30, 2020

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please review the FAQs section or reach out to a research coordinator at: