Essence, a global Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, has developed a multi-sensor fall detector in partnership with US technology company Texas Instruments (TI).
The fall detector, set to launch in the UK market this year, uses TI’s mmWave sensor to track the position of elderly people living at home.
If there is a sudden change from a standing to lying position, the device uses its internal decision-making mechanism to determine if a fall has occurred.
Care providers are then notified through Essence’s Care@Home senior monitoring platform, which integrates multiple sensors placed around the home.
The new device has already garnered two respected industry awards for innovation in its pre-launch phase. The most recent, the IoT Breakthrough Award 2020, is part of the IoT Breakthrough Awards programme that recognises the innovators from around the globe in a range of IoT categories, including health and wellness.
Dr. Haim Amir, CEO and Founder at Essence said: “Independence in later life shouldn’t come at a cost. The use of innovative radar technology significantly increases the accuracy of fall detection, giving peace of mind to caregivers while allowing residents to live freely.
“By collecting detailed information, we can tailor our response to reduce risk and provide round-the-clock care. Care@Home maintains the privacy of the resident while giving healthcare providers accurate alerts that include the resident’s location in the house, allowing assistance to arrive quicker. This is a gamechanger for the elderly care market.”
The announcement of the new radar system follows NHS research that shows that one in three over 65s living at home will have at least one fall each year, with 88% of these falls resulting hospitalisation.
Data from the Office of National Statistics also found a 70% increase in people dying as a result of a fall between 2010 and 2017.
Robert Ferguson, manager at Texas Instruments said: “The 3D sensing and on-chip processing capabilities of TI mmWave sensors are opening the doors for applications that require privacy-conscious, intelligence at the edge. Essence has taken advantage of the accuracy and intelligence of our technology to develop an innovative product for today’s elderly monitoring applications.”
In 2019, AMP reported on how local councils were increasingly turning to assistive technologies, including fall detectors.
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