Machine 2 Machine: Healthy

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KORE Telematics, the world’s largest digital wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, says its President and COO Alex Brisbourne, will participate in the mHealth Device panel discussing mobile-enabled healthcare devices, this week at CTIA.

KORE Telematics announced this week the launch of KORE LOCATE, the industry’s first location-based service offering from a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).

Providing a single interface across GPRS and CDMA networks in the U.S. and Canada, KORE LOCATE complements existing GPS applications by offering a rich feature set of location-based services. It is said to work with any device, including non-GPS enabled devices. It enables utility, point-of-sale and telehealth solutions, operating on the KORE network, to track device locations.

KORE’s MedApps device, for example, relies on the KORE cellular M2M network to remotely transmit health information to a patient’s electronic health record from any location.

KORE doesn’t sell hardware or devices, unlike most Machine to Machine (M2M) providers. They’re a multi-market MVNO (Virtual Operator). They lease carrier space and provide all functions of a Tier 1 mobile operator.

Five years ago, Oregon Health & Science University Healthcare (OHSU) was among the early adopters of radio frequency identification, using WiFi-based tags to track assets around its facilities, writes RFID Journal.

The organization—which operates OHSU Hospital and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at its Marquam Hill Campus, in Portland—already had a Cisco Unified wireless network in place when it selected a tracking solution from AeroScout, with RFID tags that would speak to its existing Cisco nodes.

AeroScout Wi-Fi T2 tags transmit a unique ID number to the medical center’s existing Cisco Wi-Fi nodes, which forward that ID to AeroScout’s MobileView software, residing on the hospital’s back-end system, where the tag’s location is pinpointed on a map of OHSU’s nine buildings. AeroScout says it has the largest market share for Real Time Location Services (RTLS).

T2 Tags include embedded Low-Frequency (LF) receivers and optional Ultrasound receivers. AeroScout provides the only tags on the market that have this unique tri-mode functionality with Wi-Fi, Ultrasound and LF. Ultrasound signals do not go through walls and thus ensure accurate room-level resolution.

The DASH7 protocol combines a low power wireless sensor networking (like Zigbee) with RFID. It operates in the 433 MHz unlicensed spectrum, communicates at 100 kbps, penetrates concrete and water, and connects over long distances at low power.

GlobalTrak integrates DASH7 cargo tags to track cargo location via cellular networks. SAVI combines Dash7 with Iridium Modems for global tracking via satellite.

Machine to Machine communication (M2M) has expanded beyond a one-to-one connection and changed into a system of networks that transmits data to personal appliances, explains Wikipedia. All the major U.S. cellular operators now have major M2M programs.

Other RFID articles on Dailywireless include; DASH7 Begins Certification Program, BofA + Visa: Mobile Payments via NFC, DASH7: Sensing On The Move, Phones Become Wallet, Tires Hacked, GSM Broken, RFID Distance Record Smashed.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 8:10 am .

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