IoT Devices Help Medical Companies Track Their Assets

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Nancy   2018/ 01/22

Organizations may lose millions of dollars annually due to devices misplaced or high-value assets stolen. In healthcare, things like defibrillators and vein pumps can be misplaced. With more information from tools and patients collocted by organizations, healthcare IoT devices are becoming more prevalent. However, IoT devices may face the challenge to ensure that IoT devices are properly connected and to extend the battery life of the device to its maximum capacity. At present, suppliers are developing tools to improve the connection reliability of low-power devices and IoT devices for asset tracking and patient monitoring.

Sierra Wireless announced the AirPrime HL78 that combines with SIM and cloud, a low-power wide area (LPWA) cellular module that will help companies connect devices and track assets. These modules adopt Altair Semiconductor’s integrated chipsets to extend the battery life of devices by improving wakeup and sleep mode responsiveness.  These modules also have an ultra-low sleep mode, security and GNSS tracking features.

Dan Shey, managing director and vice president at ABI Research, said in a statement: “There are over 690 million LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity devices expected by 2022 and the market needs a low-power, compact embedded module to connect their industry, smart home, smart city, and simpler static sensor applications.”

Joe Madden, chief analyst for mobile experts, said in a statement: “Basic tracking technologies RFID like and bar codes are now being used heavily in the retail and logistics areas. Although, the range of these technologies is limited, the capabilities of using real-time tracking about 9.6 billion RFID tags in 2016, marking an important baseline for asset tracking. Because low-cost barcode or RFID tracking represents indirect competition for investments in the enterprise market.”

These low-power IoT devices are especially useful for asset tracking. Asset tracking can save money potentially and help doctors quickly find what they need. That can save the lives of patients in emergency situations.


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