Munich, December 10, 2012 – with an ageing society, a growing number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases, and rising healthcare costs new solutions are in demand for ambient assisted living, mobile health, and home care. These solutions need to be available soon, designed for extreme user-friendliness, cost-effectiveness and, most of all, compliance with highest security standards. Supported by the Title Sponsors Swisscom and Ericsson and sponsors Telit Wireless Solutions and VARTA Microbattery, the M2M Challenge innovation competition is recognizing the best solutions in different fields of interest, with healthcare being one of the main categories.One of the most decisive issues when it comes to the acceptance of novel healthcare applications based on M2M communications is security. No matter what kind of vital data is transmitted, it is crucial that nobody except explicitly listed contact or care persons have access to a patient’s health information, which is what makes M2M solutions stand out compared to other novel health technology solutions.Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecoms provider for example, is now offering its customers the Limmex Emergency Watch with an integrated M2M SIM card. This allows the user to set up a phone call to individually selected people or a professional emergency call centre. The Limmex watch is the world’s first watch enabling the user to get assistance anywhere, at the simple touch of a button and it is a good example of how M2M communication can assist chronically ill or elderly people in a very unobtrusive way. The Limmex Emergency Watch is made possible by the sub-compact dimensions and power profile of the Telit GE865-QUAD GSM/GPRS module ideally suited for such wearable technology solutions.GlucoTel™, the glucose monitoring and management system by BodyTel providing constant wireless communication of blood glucose parameters is another example of how patients can benefit from new health monitoring systems enabled by M2M communication. Vital data is sent automatically via Bluetooth technology to a home gateway, which automatically sends the data in an SSL encrypted connection to a secure online database – without requiring the patient to do anything else. Through the application of hybrid processes with security algorithms both on the device measuring relevant data and in the cloud, the system guarantees that data will not be hacked or seen without permission.
An additional crucial factor for the broad application of M2M solutions in the healthcare industry is the compliance with national and international health guidelines. Without required certifications, even highly effective products will have no chance of succeeding in the market as they will not be subsidized in any way by important partners such as the health insurance industry. In order to get the necessary certifications, it will become increasingly necessary that products and solutions be based on internationally acknowledged standards. That is why associations like Continua Health Alliance gather market players focused on creating a functional health ecosystem based on guidelines striving to achieve real interoperability among different devices and solutions from the various companies.
Concepts for innovative M2M healthcare solutions can be submitted for the “M2M Challenge”, the international innovation competition in the field of M2M, through December 31, 2012 at www.m2m-challenge.com. An international panel of renowned experts will evaluate the submissions on criteria including market potential, degree of technological innovation, and novel usage of the “Internet of Things”. The finalists and the winner of the competition will be announced during the official awards ceremony at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2013. The winner will receive a cash prize of USD 5,000 and all finalists will get the opportunity to present their solutions to a large audience of international industry and media representatives.
Premiering in 2012, the “M2M Challenge” competition in innovation is looking to recognize new and revolutionary m2m apps in the categories of energy & smart grid, automotive & transport, security & surveillance, healthcare & wellness, and consumer electronics & more. Entries will be evaluated by an international panel of experts on criteria including innovative character, business potential, and usability. Developers and users are invited to join the competition and benefit from the unique networking opportunities and business generating potential. Innovative m2m apps must be submitted online at www.m2m-challenge.com by December 31st, 2012. The M2M Challenge is sponsored by Title Sponsors Swisscom and Ericsson. Other contributors include sponsors, Telit Wireless Solutions and VARTA Microbattery, with Beecham Research, Cloud & IOT Show & BuildInG Taiwan, Cluster 55, Team Côte d’Azur, and Wearable Technologies making up the international partner network.
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