A smart mattress from healthcare company Para-Care incorporates Ayla Networks IoT platform technology to provide timely updates on a sleeper’s physiological condition. The smart mattress is aimed at helping reduce the number of sudden deaths from coronary diseases among elderly people as they sleep.
“The Ayla IoT platform gave us the comprehensive, end-to-end IoT solution we needed to incorporate intelligent control from the mattress itself to the cloud, and to deliver a reliable, secure connected product,” said Tim Chen, founder of Para-Care. “With the help of Ayla’s IoT technology, Para-Care is able to provide stable and continuous monitoring data on elderly patients, especially in situations where round-the-clock care is difficult to achieve.”
“Para-Care represents another example of a healthcare success story built using the enterprise-class Ayla IoT platform,” said Phillip Chang, co-founder, vice president and general manager of Greater China for Ayla Networks. “We plan to continue investing in this area so that more people can benefit directly from IoT technology.”
Para-Care Smart Mattress Improves Healthcare of Elderly Patients
In China, where Para-Care is based, it is reported that there were more than 222 million people over the age of 60 – and that 60 percent of them suffer from myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Each year, more than a million Chinese elderly people die suddenly of various coronary diseases, more than half the time while asleep. As a result, there’s no time to take advantage of the “golden five minutes” for cardiopulmonary resuscitation crucial to increasing survival chances.
Aimed at elderly patients, the Para-Care smart mattress records in real time a person’s heartbeat, respiratory rate, and the number of times he or she turns or gets out of bed. This data generates diagnostic reports automatically to enable detailed sleep analysis. In the case of abnormalities, the smart mattress can notify the patient’s caregiver or family members remotely, sending messages to their mobile devices.
The Para-Care smart mattress conducts physiological monitoring without direct contact with the skin. Using Ayla embedded agents for wireless connectivity, the Para-Care smart mattress does not require circuitry, and it works with gauzes, pajamas, blankets and other materials. Even patients with pressure sores or back injuries can use the smart mattress.
The smart mattress records and uploads data once per second, providing a comprehensive picture of the person’s physiological state. The mattress has a built-in SD card able to store three days’ worth of temporary data in the event of an unexpected disconnection from the network.
Para-Care will showcase its smart mattress at CES 2017, being held January 5 to 8 in Las Vegas. More information will be available at Ayla’s CES Booth #41160 in the Smart Home Marketplace at the Sands Hotel, Halls A – D.
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