Wi-Fi-based healthcare technology targets Chinese market

Wi-Fi-based healthcare technology targets Chinese market

Wi-Fi-supported technology that could be used to enable health monitoring in remote areas is being developed – and China is one of its target markets.

Israeli company Celeno Communications, a provider of smart Wi-Fi solutions, and Neusoft Education, an IT and healthcare technology service provider in China, are joining forces to develop advanced Wi-Fi based radar sensors in order to detect and pre-empt abnormal situations or deteriorating health conditions of people under remote healthcare supervision at home or seniors living by themselves in the community.

The technology aims to enable sensor devices in residential homes to enable monitoring without wearables or cameras and without invading privacy.

Celeno’s Wi-Fi Doppler imaging technology leverages the company’s Wi-Fi silicon hardware to generate high-resolution Doppler radar images to track objects and depict their behaviour.

Combined with the right AI classification tools the technology could classify motions and postures, detect breathing and hand gestures and sense the presence of objects. This data could be valuable, Celeno and Neusoft Education suggest, to assess the day-to-day health conditions and vitality levels of family members.

This non-invasive technology – which could be part of the standard Wi-Fi network or alternatively be deployed as dedicated low-cost sensors – achieves these insights without the need for any wearable devices and without using cameras.

The global medical alert systems market is growing quickly, but it’s no surprise perhaps that the Chinese market is being targeted. As the partners point out, the number of elderly Chinese living apart from their children had risen to 118 million in 2016.

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