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SMEs selected to boost health and social care through the Internet of Things

Cambridge Wireless (CW) has announced the shortlist of SMEs to take part in their IoTUK Boost programme. Twenty companies were selected based on their capability to address key IoT challenges in the health and social care sector through their innovative, ideas, products and services. The SMEs will now participate in two intensive one-day workshops, receiving valuable mentorship and guidance from experts covering multiple disciplines; technology, business and health &social care end sector usage. 

IoTUK Boost is a national programme designed to support IoT innovation and adoption across business and public sectors, through open innovation challenges and incubation activities across the UK. Alongside SETsquared and the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, CW is delivering the programme in the South of England, with a focus on health and social care technologies. UK SMEs were encouraged to put forward their ideas, products or services related to assisted living, managing and monitoring long term conditions, telehealth and telecare. 

The shortlisted SMEs are:

Acticheck (Assure): A constantly monitoring personal alert system designed to be worn 24/7. Linked to a cloud based database it offers multiple ways to raise an alert including our proprietary ‘wellness check’ and an internet portal to connect wearers to carers

Activ8rlives (BuddyWOTCH): Consumer-facing cross-over medically-certified device collecting key vital signs to accurately forewarn of respiratory failure, with treatment shift to home by self-management undertaken by the patient and their families.

Altitude Tech (Sensly): An indoor air quality sensor that uses onboard gas sensors to detect harmful compounds. 

BioDigital Health: Assisted Living (AL) Health Sensors platform linked to the Building Research establishment SMART Homes.

Care Systems Integration (Caring Cloud): A smartphone app and website that enables people to remain in the own homes longer. 

Cascoda: A radio device that delivers whole house coverage, but for ultra-low power consumption based on patented technology that allows for much improved receive sensitivity.

CurrentCare: An ultra-low cost alert system based initially on energy use, which can detect what time someone gets up, goes to bed, cooks, if they spend more and more time in front of the TV etc.

Design for Social Change:  A real-time civic engagement social network that applies human intelligence with location and sensor data to drive community participation, increase service efficiency and lowers maintenance costs.

Filisia Interfaces (Monoma): A set of sensor-based modular controllers and a software platform with gamified rehabilitation modules. It trains cognitive, motor and communication skills and reports on clients’ progress.

Green Access: A central Communication Hub with wireless already in place across 5000 homes in Newcastle city as a basic unit with the local NHS trust and CCG interested in using the technology.

Inclusive Media Solutions (Innovation Q-View): Enabling people with cognitive disabilities to scan any item around the home with a smart device and it plays a video of how to use it. 

Kemuri: A wellbeing monitor that detects changes to normal patterns of activity of older people living alone. A multi-sensor Smart Power Socket collects data for families or carers can check for the risk of hypothermia, malnutrition, dehydration and unattended falls.

MvBii Ventures (Zing): A watch and activity tracker that can be worn on your wrist, as a necklace or as a pebble in your pocket. 

MyCognition: Developed MyCQ, the universal measure of cognition, and several cognition training video brands, covering the education, business and health sectors.

NquiringMinds: A “secure” sensor suite deployed into both domestic and commercial properties comprising: energy monitors, CO2 sensors, temperature and humidity, boilers and PIR sensors.

Orb Technologies: Developing an electronic entertainment and communication device, designed specifically for use by elderly people, including those with dementia, to improve quality of life.

Position Systems: Targeting those areas of Healthcare where there are clear weaknesses and new technology can help to solve critical problems, especially in emerging economies and the Third World. Typical examples are: Infection Control, Medication Reminding, Fall Alerting, and Perinatal Care, etc

RFMOD (BeanIoT): A full IoT solution consisting, a multi-sensor, “wearable”, “deployable” device, App and Data service with adaptive, secure, wireless mesh network of static (e.g. room monitor) or moving nodes (people) that enables unobtrusive patient monitoring.  

Touchbase Technology (eFridgeMagnet): Helping elderly people to live in their own home for longer, by tracking fridge use patterns and sending a reassuring text message at meal-times to a relative/carer.

Simpalarm: A wire-free and tamper proof unobtrusive activity monitor for the home designed to enable older people to remain living independently for longer, by creating a caring network around them, made up of their family, friends and neighbours.

All twenty SMEs will receive membership with CW and SETsquared as well as a free pass to 4YFN at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. 4YFN is the fastest growing digital start up event in the world bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and mobile innovation enthusiasts during Mobile World Congress. 

“The strength of applications we received for the programme was tremendous.  With the shortlist finalised the next step is to bridge the gap and connect these SMEs with problem owners through our workshops in Surrey and Bristol,” said Bob Driver, CEO of CW. “Together with IotUK and SETsquared, we want to provide the incubation support they need to form a fundamental business proposition strong enough to answer key challenges facing the health and social care sector.”

Assisting with CW’s delivery of the IotUK Boost Programme South England are IotUK, SETsquared Partnership at the University of Bristol and the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. Partners of the programme include; 4YFNAlloyArkessaBreed ReplyDHACAEASHNIotic LabsMediaTek Labs and Trade Fair

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