What is Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a network of objects that are connected to the internet and able to collect and exchange data.
According to the research of Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, 54% of the consumers own one or more IoT devices, but 90% have little trust in the safety in IoT.
IoT in healthcare
IoT is also used in the healthcare, which can give healthcare institutions a lot of data. For example these institutions can make predictions about how syndromes will develop or how the patient flows continue. These are just predictions; but the probability is about 90%. There even exists a solution which can predict a heart attack two weeks in advance!
Internet of Things is getting more and more important in the healthcare, especially in the elderly care. With wandering systems, access control, nurse call systems etc., the nurses can collect a lot of data about the residents. This will result in a safer environment for everybody.
Not only in healthcare institutions IoT is used, but also in homecare. IoT provides more safety and a comfortable living for the elderly. Therefore, they can live longer in their own home. There are products that are common in our daily life, like the refrigerator. But there also smart refrigerators. When it is empty or the resident ran out some products, the fridge will send a signal and groceries will be done automatically. Another example is of course the alarm button on a wristband or a necklace. When the resident pushes the button, it will send an alarm to a call centre and the operator will decide to send help or help the resident by phone.
Foston Europe and IoT
It is true that 90% of the consumers have little trust in the IoT, and that only 14% feel like they are really well informed about the safety of the devices. Foston Europe’s IoT platform is based on a very secure environment. It integrates all types of Telecare systems, different RF sensors, and vital signs measures. Finally we can integrate all type of non-invasive sensors, which can store information of the user on its daily activity and detect any change on his behaviour. This can be done in nursing homes and in assisted apartments but also in the house of the user. In this way we want to make living at home for the elderly, more comfortable. It is not only for them but also for the people around them, like their family or caregivers. They will be able to know and respond to any problem that might occur.