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IoT Network Puts Defibrillator Management in Hands of Suppliers
With CardiLink's Medtech AED device-monitoring system, using Asavie IoT Connect, makers and suppliers of life-saving equipment can help customers manage the location and condition of each item automatically.
CardiLink provides an application programming interface (API) for manufacturers, which can then build the technology into their own branded applications to manage and display the data. To use the system, a manufacturer or supplier first scans in the unique ID number of a particular CardiLink device, then links it to the serial number of the specific AED, which is deployed by the company's customer. The sensor identifies any movement or the opening of the device, as well as its battery level. It beacons an alert via a cellular connection to the CardiLink server, using the private Asavie network, according to Hugh Carroll, Asavie's VP of marketing.
In the long run, CardiLink hopes its solution will lead to more AED deployments in public areas. Traditionally, Wassermann says, some companies or organizations have been reluctant to put many AEDs in public places, simply because they are vulnerable to theft or damage—and ensuring they are properly maintained poses a challenge. With the CardiLink and Asavie service, he says, both problems could be alleviated. "The challenge has been in creating the awareness around the need for AEDs" in public places, he adds.
Asavie's technology operates on private networks for each customer, based on relationships with local cellular service operators. While the technology allows manufacturers and distributors to offer value-added services, Wassermann says, the ultimate goal is to ensure lives can be saved. "Our priority is patient safety," he states.
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