US firm Embedded Wireless has announced that US operator AT&T will be the exclusive LTE provider for its remote monitoring service that keeps an eye on patients when they return home following discharge from a hospital or care home.
Embedded Wireless’ Zilant Wellness Platform monitors patients’ vital signs while its mobile personal emergency responses system (mPERS), which is a pendant worn by patients, is designed to detect if they suffer a fall or other accident. Both services will be underpinned by a combination of AT&T’s LTE network and Wi-Fi within patients’ own homes.
The additional bandwidth from an LTE connection makes video observation possible. Other services that are part of the monitoring platform include motion detection and vital signs measurement.
Embedded Wireless says its system will launch commercially later in 2012. It is currently being piloted, the company says. Interestingly these pilots are in Europe as well as the US, although the company makes no mention with which operators it is working outside the US.