No wearables. No pressure pads. No cameras. The only fall detection and alert system that provides 99% miss detection free and 96% false alarm free performance without the headaches of privacy issues.
KARDIAN can be used on a nightstand with Wi-Fi connection for homes and it can also be installed on the walls or ceiling of hospitals and nursing homes with simple wiring.
Unlike wearable based fall detection systems, KARDIAN can even detect slow "sliding falls".
Kardian devices are not affetected by dirt, dust, light or temperature. There is no physical maintenance to worry about. There is also no need to replace any parts unlike pressure pad based systems.
The core hardware technology powering KARDIAN is IR-UWB RADAR which stands for impulse radio ultra wide band radar. It sends out 20,000 nano-pulses per second and gather valueable data to its surrounding. Micro movements and vibrations such as chest movement from breathing and heart beats are detected and monitored. Fall detection looks at distance, movement and speed (time of flight) to determine falls.
IR-UWB stands for Impulse Radio Ultra Wide Band radar. It is essentially a very wide bandwidth (low emitted power) with lots of multipath at 500MhZ frequency.
IR-UWB emits very short energy pulses, typically on the order of hundreds of picoseconds, that are transmitted with the use of a specially designed wideband antenna. KARDIAN has developed unique algorithm that can use IR-UWB to create adjacent thin layers vertically creating a “field” that can detect health vitals.
Kardians patented technology can detect and monitor health vitals such as heart rate, breathing rate, sleep apnea, fall detection and can also be used as a PERS (personal emergency response system) device.
IR-UWB operates at a wide, but low bandwidth – 500Mhz. In other words, it emits less than 10,000th to 100,000th less signals than a standard wireless Wi-Fi router. It is completely health-risk free to use on a daily basis.
World's first and only commercial and medical grade level fall detection system that is 100% contactless
For hospitals and senior care facilities, caretakers must be made aware of "sit-ups" as well in order to act quickly and prevent the patient from attempting to get off the bed on their own. KARDIAN can accurately and rapidly detect sit-ups from a bed or chair - including toilet seat and send alerts accordingly.
The only other known contactless fall detection system is a system that uses 3D stereo vision cameras or kinect depth based infrared cameras. Both of these technologies still use a form of a camera lens, which can cause discomfort among users concerned for their privacy – especially when used in a bedroom or bathroom. Furthermore, it requires physical maintenance (lens must be kept clean) and is sensitive to light and temperature. Kardian on the other hand only sees data. There is no camera at all. It is also unaffected by light or temperature.
In certain situations - such as a bathroom, slip & falls can occur that can cause severe injuries. Kardian detects these types of falls with impeccable accuracy.
While most competitors finish at alerting a fall, Kardian keeps going. It continues to monitor to see if the person gets back up – reducing false alarms even further. If the person does not get up or move, it will start reading their respiration rate and movement index pattern. All of this data will be sent in real-time to the designated caretaker via a mobile app. There is also an optional “call patient” feature where the caretaker can also make a direct call via VOIP and speak to them through the embedded speaker/mic.
Fall detection at home is largely monitored via a wearable – most often used as a pendant. It has several sensors including accelerometer, gyroscope and sometimes barometer all designed to detect “sudden falls”. However, not all falls are drastic, severe, sudden falls. Some falls, such as from fainting or slow motion falls (sliding falls) are virtually impossible for wearables to detect. Hence, when they claim “95% accuracy”, the 5% is most likely referring to not detecting sliding falls. Kardian on the other hand accurately detects and monitors for sliding falls. This is why it can also see falls from chairs as well.
For professional medical or senior care facilities, a designated app can be installed on a smartphone with option to select rooms or zones. If a fall is detected in these zones, it will send the alert to the designated app of the designated smartphone. For homes, the customer can designate a caretaker of up to 5 people. The customer also has the option of signing up with KARDIAN’s partner company – RAPIDSOS in order to be able to connect directly to 911 / first responders.
4 out of 5 injuries that occur in bathrooms are caused by falls. 33% of seniors required hospital admission following a bathroom fall. In some instances, hospitals and nursing care facilities have been sued for negligence due to a bathroom fall while the patient was in their car. One of the biggest challenge has been privacy. Wearables are not waterproof and even if they were, customers wouldn’t want to wear them to the bathroom. Pressure pads on the toilet seat only tells the caretakers that the patient has come off the seat but not necessarily tell them if he/she has fallen or not. Cameras poses extreme privacy concerns, especially in a bathroom scenario. KARDIAN is truly the one and only solution available when it comes to providing accurate and reliable fall detection without any privacy concerns whatsoever.
74% of all injurious bathroom falls were unwitnessed.
Kardian has the unique ability to detect objects and people separately. With its radar technology, it can also auto-detect and calculate the distance of the floor. This is important as it can also determine if someone “fell” on a sofa or bed which could be intentional. Video below demonstrates various types of falls that can occur from a bed.
KARDIAN has a clear advantage over its competitors due to the fact that it uses a completely different technology that has never been available in the past. It has the highest accuracy rate, lowest false alarm alarm rate, is 100% contact free (wireless) and is most reliable to use over time since it is not affected by environmental contamination such as dust/grime build up, lighting and physical abuse (pressure pads).
WEARABLE FALL DETECTION
PRESSURE PAD DETECTION
Kardian's technology provides complete remote health monitoring including fall detection, breathing rate / resting heart rate detection, sleep apnea (OSA) as well as provide urgent action upon a possible medical emergency (PERS).
Kardian is currently only available for hospitals, remote patient monitoring service providers and senior care facilities. If you wish to learn more about what Kardian can do for your organization, please contact us by billing out the form on the left. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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