Ekso Bionics products unlock human strength, endurance, and mobility potential, with broad applications across medical and industrial markets. One of their products is the robotic exoskeleton. This is a ready to wear, battery-powered robot that is strapped over the users’ clothing, enabling individuals to achieve mobility, strength, or endurance not otherwise possible. In 2016, Ekso Bionics received the first FDA clearance exoskeleton for use with stroke and spinal cord injury levels to C7.
Enabling seamless machine-2-machine communications and data transfer across connected control systems, big infrastructure products, and manufacturing plants.
Mevia provides intelligent solutions to improve the quality of medical treatments. Mevia develops solutions that enable people to take the right medication at the right time. This helps improve adherence, which is one of the greatest obstacles to successful medical treatments. According to statistics from the IMS Health Institute poor adherence costs over $500bn globally in avoidable healthcare costs and the World Health Organisation said that, “improving adherence would have a greater impact on health than any potential discovery in medicine.”
Mevia has created technology, which can be adapted to work in blister packs, pill dispensers, and pill pouches, providing patient support and personal adherence feedback in real-time.
Missed medication and adherence is a huge challenge globally for healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies alike. Up to $289bn is spent on missed medication and adherence issues in the US, and the global pharmaceutical market’s revenue loss is estimated to be $564 billion due to medication non adherence.
Being an innovative, yet growing company, Mevia needed to partner with an expert in IoT. However, this partner needed to offer competitive pricing, global coverage, and the agility to adapt their services as Mevia grows. Many providers had high fixed costs which would prove to be a deal breaker for Mevia.
They did not possess in-house capabilities to enhance their product portfolio with the Internet of Things.
Attempt at a partner ecosystem with wearable startups failed. Those products were neither jewelry nor appealed to the masses as a desired form of fashion.
The current state of condition monitoring requires manual measurements that are compounded with aging equipment and the retirement of knowledgeable personnel.
Taking advantage of the fast growth of China and the growing demands in embedded computer systems, Vantron technology was established in 2002 by Silicon Valley professionals and headquartered in Chengdu, China. In addition to readyto-run low-power embedded systems, Vantron also provides assistance in application software development, tailoring its embedded systems based on customers’ requirements, and offering turn-key manufacturing services.
With customers in industries such as healthcare, heavy equipment, vehicle tracking and telematics, looking for customized solutions, Vantron saw more and more customers looking for interconnectivity through the cloud so that they could access and interact with their equipment remotely
The Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute at Hyundai Motor Company develops future mobility technologies. Rather than provide conventional vehicle products to customers, this research center creates new mobility devices with a wide range of speeds for a variety of people, including the elderly and the disabled. As our society ages, there is a greater need for systems that can aid mobility. Thus, we are developing wearable exoskeleton robots with NI embedded controllers for the elderly and patients with spinal cord injuries to use.
Developing a system that can handle complex control algorithms to capture data remotely from various sensors simultaneously and perform real-time control of multiple actuators for a wearable robotics device for walking assistance.
With extended life spans of the world's population comes an increased burden on the world's health care systems. Up to 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition that requires continual treatment management. With the advent of accessible IoT technologies, health care providers are now able to access patient remote monitoring and health informatics that can make management of these populations more cost effective and increase the quality of care. However the slow pace of technology adaptation and proprietary solutions among medical device manufacturers makes it difficult for caregivers to implement a cost-effective IoT solution for patients which can bring together all pipelined stages of patients' treatment, from initial diagnosis through lifetime disease management.
To develop an open IoT ecosystem for clinical and remote medical devices that can bring together patient monitoring data into a single data management and analytics platform.
Providing machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless connectivity to deliver vital traffic information to local municipalities and their motorists to improve traffic safety.
Vodafone IoT will be connecting the world’s first exoskeleton that is FDA cleared for use with both stroke patients and spinal cord injuries, the Ekso GT™. Vodafone’s IoT managed connectivity service will ensure reliable communication globally for diagnostics and improved access to patient data, helping to improve the user experience with the suit.
*This is an IIC testbed currently in progress.*
Cisco, Accenture, Bayshore Networks
The 100 gigabit capability extends to the wireless edge through advanced communications techniques. This allows industries to provide more data and analytical results to their employees in the field using smart devices for greater analytical insights.
The High-Speed Network Infrastructure testbed will introduce high-speed fiber optic lines to support Industrial Internet initiatives. The network will transfer data at 100 gigabits per second to support seamless machine-2-machines communications and data transfer across connected control systems, big infrastructure products, and manufacturing plants.
The 100 gigabit capability extends to the wireless edge, allowing the testbed leaders to provide more data and analytical results to mobile users through advanced communication techniques. Industrial Internet Consortium founder, GE, is leading efforts by installing the networking lines at its Global Research Center. Cisco - also a founder of the Consortium - contributed its expertise to the project by providing the infrastructure needed to give the network its national reach. Industrial Internet Consortium members Accenture and Bayshore Networks are currently demonstrating the application of the High-Speed Network Infrastructure for power generation.
Flexible Pricing Models that Help Provide Real-Time Intelligence Globally
“By leveraging Aeris’ expertise in IoT network solutions, while not being burdened with heavy upfront fees, we could begin to provide services that can increase the wellbeing of patients, reduce medical risk and save money, while providing patients with real-time support on how to take their medication,” Jesper Hassel, CEO of Mevia said. “Aeris’ expertise, combined with its flexible approach, provides us with a robust solution which will allow us to expand globally and allows patients to receive real-time, useful information no matter where they are in the world.”
Aeris’ support of major cellular technology standards, such as GSM, CDMA, and LTE, enables Mevia to offer its customers flexibility and the potential for growth across the globe.
Amyx+ evaluated 1) product enhancement with IoT and 2) analyzed their manufacturing process.
After analyzing their company ethos and brand positioning of their products, Amyx+ recommended an approach that would reinforce their brand emotional identity. All the sensor capabilities, firmware, mobile app, and cloud analytics would need to be aligned to support that strategic goal. Initial communication and sensor capability were developed with supporting mobile app. Amyx+ is currently in the process of implementing the data analytics portion to data visualize predictive data analytics and insights directly to consumers and to the manufacturer.
Amyx+ also evaluated their current manufacturing process that involved tens of thousands of SKUs and analyzed ways to streamline the process, respond faster to changing market demand and lower the per unit cost of the input components. A number of recommendations from 3D printing, vertical integration, and demand-driven product development have been provided.
*This is an IIC testbed currently in progress.*
IBM, National Instruments, SparkCognition
Provide a multi-vendor, cloud-based predictive maintenance solution that proves out new business models. The Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Testbed will offer continuous online measurements, automated analysis, and balance of plant coverage.
The Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Testbed (CM/PM) will demonstrate the value and benefits of continuously monitoring industrial equipment to detect early signs of performance degradation or failure. CM/PM will also use modern analytical technologies to allow organizations to not only detect problems but proactively recommend actions for operations and maintenance personnel to correct the problem.
Condition Monitoring (CM) is the use of sensors in equipment to gather data and enable users to centrally monitor the data in real-time. Predictive Maintenance (PM) applies analytical models and rules against the data to proactively predict an impending issue; then deliver recommendations to operations, maintenance and IT departments to address the issue. These capabilities enable new ways to monitor the operation of the equipment - such as turbines and generators - and processes and to adopt proactive maintenance and repair procedures rather than fixed schedule-based procedures, potentially saving money on maintenance and repair, and saving cost and lost productivity of downtime caused by equipment failures. Furthermore, combining sensor data from multiple pieces of equipment and/or multiple processes can provide deeper insight into the overall impact of faulty or sub-optimal equipment, allowing organizations to identify and resolve problems before they impact operations and improve the quality and efficiency of industrial processes.
Through this testbed, the testbed leaders IBM and National Instruments will explore the application of a variety of analytics technologies for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. The testbed application will initially be deployed to a power plant facility where performance and progress will be reported on, additional energy equipment will be added and new models will be developed. It will then be expanded to adjacent, as yet to be determined, industries.
“It was a natural progression for us to add connectivity into our devices and embedded systems” said Executive Vice President of North American operations, Easen Ho, “and when we looked at the marketplace, we identified ThingWorx as being the premier platform… it really stands above all the other platforms in terms of maturity and partnership ecosystem, and that will open Vantron up to more opportunities.” Vantron’ s customers use a range of operating systems on their embedded systems, from Linux and Windows to Android, all of which will be enabled with ThingWorx, and be “ThingWorx Ready”. Access to the ThingWorx IoT Platform will be built into those systems, so that customers can easily integrate them, and have access to those devices. “That’s on the enablement side” said Ho, “but Vantron will be ready to provide turnkey application service for those customers looking for one-click access to the ThingWorx cloud.”
The rapid application development capabilities of ThingWorx were evident from the start, with Vantron’s engineers adding connectivity and completing the ThingWorx integration within 2-3 weeks.
But that rapid application development was only a part of the story. “Brand recognition, the robustness, and the available partner ecosystem all had an important role to play in selecting the ThingWorx platform” says Ho, “Now all these advantages will be made available to Vantron’s customers.”
To get a free demo of ThingWorx 8: http://solutions.iotone.com/thingworx
Using the LabVIEW RIO platform, including a CompactRIO embedded system and a real-time controller with an FPGA control architecture provided by Single-Board RIO, to acquire data from various sensors and control peripheral units, high-speed communication devices, and actuators; and using LabVIEW software to acquire reliable data by conducting real-time analysis and applying various robot control algorithms to dramatically reduce development time.
*This is an IIC testbed currently in progress.*
Massachusetts General Hospital MD PnP Lab, PTC, and RTI
Large hospital organizations, clinical organizations and any other health care providers. Medical device manufacturers developing products for cloud connected ecosystems.
• Building an open IoT ecosystem that is medical device and activity tracker agnostic
• Clinical and remote monitoring patient data in a single data management and analytics platform
• Medical device asset tracking & management
• Patient prescription medicine and treatment adherence
• Communication and alert system for adverse health events
The world's populations are getting older. There are many reasons for this, including advances in health care technology, increased access to health insurance, and a more health-conscious society. With these extended lifespans there is increased concern for chronic health conditions. Up to 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition that required medical attention and management, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and potential injuries from falls. Because of the society shift in a reduction in unofficial caregivers, like family and friends, many older adults are therefore forced to seek professional home care or nursing facilities. But these are very expensive options and out of reach for many patients.
Infosys, a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium, is leading a new testbed project with significant contribution from Consortium members RTI, PTC, and Massachusetts General Hospital MD PnP Lab (Medical Devices Plug-n-Play Interoperability Program), part of the Partners HealthCare network of hospitals. This testbed is focused on creating an open IoT health care ecosystem for remote/home monitoring of patients, giving them the option of living at home with the added security of remote management of their chronic conditions. This will create a cost effective solution for patients and their families, and provides caregivers the opportunity to provide continuous care beyond the walls of their office or facilities.
Including clinical/hospital patient monitoring within this ecosystem allows for data aggregation and unification of patient data into a single environment, including EMR systems. Caregivers will be able to access a full patient history including clinical & hospital visits with patient vital summaries collected, summarized and analyzed along with the patient's remote monitoring data. Dashboard summaries of patient data will provide a single-page view into the patient's health and adherence to prescribed therapies and medications, and warnings/alerts can be generated to indicate or prevent adverse health events. All these capabilities will provide caregivers better tools for managing chronic conditions of their patients.
A substantial opportunity exists here to reduce the cost of chronic health management for patients. Advances in technology minimization and integration, networking access of medical devices and preponderance of personal smart devices make IoT technology particularly well suited to address this problem.
The Testbed will provide an ecosystem of tools that can provide:
• Improved patient health and reduced hospital readmissions
• Provide patient, family and caregivers involvement and access to patient health
• Enable patients to live at home while under managed care
• Enable health care providers to improve patient adherence to prescribed treatments
As a result, this testbed can provide a better quality of life to patients and enable better care management by caregivers.
Web-based, wirelessly enabled, intelligent traffic signs — including radar speed display signs and variable message signs powered by KORE Global Connect.
With multi-national customers using web-based interfaces, All Traffic Solutions delivers global access to local traffic data in real-time. The data and statistics collected by these devices are what helps customers determine safety benchmarks, traffic pattern flows and ultimately change the flow of traffic in a city for the better.
And by coordinating with KORE, All Traffic Solutions is able to manufacture every device they deploy with wireless connectivity, knowing that global services are available and can be implemented quickly and easily when requested by their customers. This single source solution allows municipalities to take advantage of the wireless connectivity without having to order different equipment. Since every device is installed with this capability, they have the opportunity to decide to use it or not.
Ekso Bionics® (EKSO) is a worldwide pioneer in the field of robotic exoskeletons. For over 10 years they have been committed to developing the latest technology and engineering to help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable.
Mevia helps patients take the right medication dose at the right time. Through our innovative solution of printed traces, electronics and IT system that can be adapted to any primary pharmaceutical packaging we can detect when a pill or dose is taken in real time and connect instantly with the patient, doctor, care giver or relative in any form of communication that they prefer, be that sms, email, phone calls or push notifications in a mobile
A Dominant Market Leader in Retail Manufacturing
Vantron Technology is a leading provider of low-power embedded system and software solutions to OEM/ODM customers. In addition to ready-to-run embedded systems, Vantron also provides assistance in application software development, tailoring its embedded systems based on customers’ requirements, and turn-key manufacturing services.
Hyundai Motor Company
Located in State College, Pa., All Traffic Solutions is consistently recognized as a leading innovator in the traffic safety market for speed displays, message signs and imaging products, delivering groundbreaking levels of service and product capability. By integrating cloud technology into all of its products, All Traffic Solutions allows customers to manage all their equipment and data remotely, through a browser.
The Ekso GT can provide adaptive amounts of power to either side of the patient’s body, helping to improve results for patients. The suit allows physical therapists to mobilise patients earlier, more frequently and with a greater number of high intensity steps, all of which will aid recovery.
With the new 100 gigabit lines, industries can instantaneously connect and control machines located thousands of miles away.
Powered by Aeris’ network, Mevia can now offer an unparalleled solution to help tackle the problem of medical adherence, while providing patients with real-time intelligence and feedback no matter where they are in the world.
Added a new layer of value proposition to customers through IoT-enabled product portfolio
Develop new predictive maintenance analytics modeling techniques
Having intelligently connected systems and devices provides Vantron with a differentiated offering, providing an industry-standard way for Vantron's customers to have their devices easily connected with minimal effort.
Improvement in quality of life for patients by allowing them to live more independently. Provide patients, family and caregivers more involvement and leverage in patient care.
Municipalities around the world can receive vital traffic and
safety information to better manage traffic flow, implement
new DOT programs, improve driver and pedestrian safety
as well as the reduce traffic congestion.
With Vodafone IoT technology, exoskeletons are performing in real time, providing therapists with data on how the patients’ rehabilitation is progressing.
Aeris’ minimal upfront cost and flexible approach has allowed Mevia to roll-out the solution and it also gives them the platform to expand globally, without the added headache of changing payment plans or being faced with untenable upfront fees.
Identified new billion dollar markets to pursue
Document standard and secure architecture patterns and data formats for predictive maintenance in the Industrial Internet era.
Reducing the cost of chronic medical care. Reduce cost in development of IoT connectivity in medical devices though standards adaptation..
Increasing information flow through a variety of sensors available for data collection (tampering, cameras, speed, traffic patterns, etc.)