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Biomedical wireless sensor network - bwsn

The overall goal of the project is to achieve a biomedical wireless sensor network supporting monitoring related to different diseases, patient profiles and treatment life cycles including home care.

Within the hospital or extended care environment, there is an overwhelming need for constant and invisible monitoring of vital body functions. Today’s biomedical sensor solutions are effective for an individual measurement, but are not integrated into a complete body area network, where many simultaneous sensors are working at the same time on an individual patient. Also there is a need for increasing patient mobility, and in many cases, sensors for biomedical monitoring are not yet wireless. This creates the need for the implementation of new biomedical personal wireless networks with a common architecture and the capacity to handle multiple sensors, monitoring different body signals, with different requirements. The overall goal of the Biomedical Wireless Sensor Network (BWSN) project is to achieve a biomedical sensor network supporting monitoring related to different diseases, patient profiles and treatment life cycles including home care. The biomedical sensor network will integrate body sensors through wireless communication where mobility and security are addressed, and meet the requirements of users and regulatory authorities. The project will demonstrate the use of wireless biomedical sensors operating in a network following the patient all the way from surgery at the hospital back home. This project comprises enterprises within industry, research institutes and an end user environment (hospital) in four Nordic countries, and thus is transnational in nature. Participants are: * Acreo AB, Norrkoeping, SWEDEN, www.acreo.se * Delta - Centre for Short Range Wireless Technologies, Hoersholm, DENMARK, www.Wirelesstech.dk * Imego AB, Goeteborg, SWEDEN, www.imego.com * Interventional Centre (IVS), Rikshospitalet HF, Oslo, NORWAY, www.ivs.no * MemsCap as, Skoppum, NORWAY, www.memscap.com * Millicore AB, Goeteborg, SWEDEN, www.millicore.com * Novelda AS, Kviteseid, NORWAY, www.novelda.no * Novosense AB, Lund, SWEDEN, www.novosense.se * SINTEF ICT, Trondheim, NORWAY, www.sintef.no * VTT Information Technology, Helsinki, FINLAND, www.vtt.fi The consortium is composed of companies in the value chain from component developers (NOVELDA), sensor system suppliers (MEMSCAP, MILLICORE and NOVOSENSE), to the end users (IVS - doctors, patients, hospital). Leading RTOs in all countries (VTT, ACREO, IMEGO, SINTEF, DELTA) provide key competences and synergies with ongoing research to the project. In this way, the consortium provides added value within the Nordic R&D stage and allows for the transfer of knowledge and business development across national boundaries. At the sensor level of the value chain, MEMSCAP (SME), MILLICORE (SME), NOVOSENSE (SME), VTT, DELTA and SINTEF together with the other RTOs within the project, will be able to integrate and test their sensors within the end-user (hospital) environment. Security with data transmission, interaction with other potentially interfering radio signals, and reception of information from radio signals will be central. In addition, implementation of different sensor types from different companies within the same network will be a major challenge and breakthrough in this project. NOVELDA (SME) together with the Interventional Centre and the sensor suppliers within the consortium, will integrate, implement and test a UWB-IR (ultra-wide-band impulse radio) communications solution with various sensors within a sensor network. This exciting new radio technology will be compared with other more mature radios such as Bluetooth and Zigbee. This will allow for an important reference point for the sale of its communications solution in the open market. The Interventional Centre will through implementation and testing of an in-hospital biomedical wireless sensor network with multiple sensors from different enterprises, be able to take advantage of new sensors with more effective, seamless and patient friendly capabilities. This will also lay the groundwork for implementation of the sensor networks to other user environments, for example primary health care organisations or home care environments. The project will provide close collaboration between the partners in product development, knowledge building and marketing. The sensor network with sensors, wireless communication and user applications tested in user environments gives an excellent reference for market penetration. The project will use the results for visualisation of the benefits for health care services. Financing and organising implementation and use of biomedical sensor networks are critical, and it is important to build up knowledge about the opportunities among key interest groups, e.g. politicians, health care administration, and patient groups.
Acronym: 
BWSN
Project ID: 
4 489
Start date: 
02-06-2008
Project Duration: 
19months
Project costs: 
1 000 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Information Processing, Information System
Market Area: 
Monitoring equipment

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