MEDICAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY – Using M2M Technology to Measure Concussions

October 16, 2013 by  
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Using M2M Technology to Measure Concussions
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Stan Marszalek, Avnet Electronics Marketing
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Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI), are a very serious topic in the world of sports today. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly four million MTBIs are reported each year due to impacts in sports and recreational activities.

Despite all this focus, there is still a lot to discover about MTBIs. “It is inexact, a science in its infancy,” Dr. Michael O’Brien of the sports concussion clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital told the New York Times in May 2013. “We know much more than we once did, but there are lots of layers we still need to figure out.”

In the past, one of the largest challenges to fully understand MTBIs has been the ability to collect data about the severity and frequency of sustained impacts. How can neurologists, coaches or parents know when an impact is going to be a critical event if they don’t know how severe it is or how often other impacts have been sustained?

In order to answer these questions, Sensuss, a start-up electronics company, created a portfolio of electronic products that measure and collect data from impacts that athletes sustain. And to create these products, they worked closely with Avnet Electronics Marketing, a business region of Avnet, one of the world’s largest electronics distributors.

The Sensuss S2 is a small, translucent helmet-based device with LEDs that light up when an athlete experiences a pre-defined level of impact.

Sensuss knew that any product that would be adopted to answer the questions of MTBIs would require a number of complex electronic components that would have to be available nearly on-demand to make cost-effective and successful products. Sensuss planned for this, even as the company was developing early prototypes.

Yet, trying to evaluate and develop relationships with each individual supplier was onerous. So, Sensuss turned to Avnet. With an extensive line card and supplier relationships, Avnet allowed Sensuss to shortcut much of this process. The Avnet sales team listened carefully to Sensuss’ goals, identified target component manufacturers, and crafted a supply chain strategy to take the company from the chalk board to the production floor.

Today, Sensuss offers the S2, a small, translucent helmet-based device with LEDs that light up when an athlete experiences a pre-defined level of impact; immediately alerting personnel that a critical event may have occurred. This product, which combines Analog Devices’ sensor technology with highly visible LEDs is available in three preset levels: ages 7-9, 10-13 and 14+.

The Sensuss S3 uses cloud-based computing with machine-to-machine (M2M) technology to collect both the severity and the history of impacts that an individual user might experience. It combines sensor technology from Analog Devices, microcontrollers, and Eurotech Helix cloud-based technology. The Eurotech gateways combine Intel hardware, along with Oracle and Hitachi software and cellular service from Verizon Wireless to connect the sensors and gateways to the Everyware Cloud. The S3 supports 802.11 WiFi, cellular, or Zigbee standards.

The Sensuss products have been widely recognized for their ability to collect data that can transform the paradigm for treatment of head-trauma.
If a user wearing the S3 sensor experiences an impact, the S3 device will monitor impacts and capture that data; it then uses M2M technology to transmit and store that information, and through a cloud based application, provides real-time assessments that protect the athlete from further potential harm. Given the level of impact, the database will be programmed to email, text or send a phone alert to a coach, doctor, parent or other specified caregiver.

The S2 and S3 sensors are helpful for monitoring players who have experienced high level G force impacts that could lead to MTBIs. Research groups are working to determine whether a single impact causing an MTBI is more dangerous than numerous smaller impacts. Sensuss’ product portfolio extends beyond athletics into other industries. The S3 sensors are also installed in gloves and are used to assist children with autism. Clinicians and medical personnel use data from the gloves to educate the children on safe versus dangerous impacts.

In the past year, the Sensuss products have been widely recognized for their ability to collect data that can transform the paradigm for treatment of head-trauma. Sensuss has been a 2013 Laureate in IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program, a 2013 ConnectedWorld Value Chain award winner, and won the silver level application award for Best of Sensors 2013 – in competition with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation, NASA, and other experienced developers.

To meet the growing demand for the S2 and S3, Sensuss leverages Avnet Electronics Marketing’s supply chain management for global manufacturing and distribution. Avnet’s ability to get materials on-demand anywhere in the world is crucial in getting the Sensuss products to market.

Eurotech and SENSUSS Win Gold M2M in Action Connected World Value Chain Award

June 17, 2013 by  
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Visionary M2M Application Detects Potentially Dangerous Head Impact and Stores Data in Cloud 

Columbia, MD – June 17, 2013 – Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, and SENSUSS, an innovator of sensor technologies, today announces they were presented with the Gold Connected World Value Chain Award in the M2M in Action category. The Connected World magazine Value Chain Awards honor the most successful corporate adopters of M2M technology and connected devices, as well as the solution providers that help make their technology adoption a success. 

SENSUSS is developing a portfolio of products that provide immediate information about impact levels that an athlete has sustained during participation. This product, the “S3”, is a device that monitors impacts and captures that data; it then uses M2M to transmit and store that data, and through cloud based applications provides real time assessments that protect the athlete from further potential harm. 

John Grazioli, SENSUSS President said, “A strong M2M value chain helped us take our innovative sensor applications from concept to market. A cloud infrastructure in particular built with our partner Eurotech allows us to do amazing things with data. This prestigious award from Connected World further validates the importance of this technology and validates our teams’ commitment to protect you.” 

“The Eurotech Cloud allows the SENSUSS application to deliver data in real-time to keep athletes safer, and we are proud of the difference this product can make in the marketplace,” said Greg Nicoloso, Eurotech CEO for North America. “By connecting their helmet sensors to the Everyware Cloud, coaches, doctors and parents can find out about potentially harmful hits immediately and even compare the data to previous hits or specific medical issues the athlete may have.” 

About Connected World Magazine 
Connected World is the business and technology publication that provides the intelligence industry titans need and the guidance consumers crave. It’s all about M2M.www.connectedworldmag.com 

About SENSUSS 
SENSUSS is a privately held company that develops a portfolio of technologically advanced products that will impact a vast array of industries. SENSUSS’ mission is to enhance lives through knowledge; we are currently presenting an evolution of sensory products that capture environmental and bio-rhythmic data. These products range from isolated sensors up to a full body area network linked to the cloud. Visit us at www.SENSUSS.com

 
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Eurotech Sports Medical M2M Solution

June 17, 2013 by  
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2013 Sensor Expo Chicago

June 7, 2013 by  
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Sensor Applications Silver Award Winner

Eurotech Powered SENSUSS Application Wins 2013 Best of Sensors Expo Award

June 7, 2013 by  
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Visionary M2M Application that Detects Potentially Dangerous Head Impact Honored by Sensors Magazine 

Columbia, MD – June 6, 2013 – Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, and SENSUSS, an innovator of sensor technologies, announced today that the SENSUSS S3 sensor was presented with the Silver 2013 Best of Sensors Expo Application Award. Sensors Magazine presented the awards at the Sensors Expo & Conference on June 5, 2013 in Rosemont, IL. For the first time, the 2013 awards focused on sensor applications and excellence among engineers, which traditionally focused on sensor technology innovations. 

“We were thrilled to focus this year’s awards on applications and innovations in the world of sensors, and to recognize excellence among engineers,” said Melanie Martella, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine. “The nominations demonstrated exceptional innovation in engineering, applications, and sensor technology, and we applaud all of the winners.” 

SENSUSS is developing a portfolio of products that provide immediate information about impact levels that an athlete has sustained during participation. This product, the “S3”, is a device that monitors impacts and captures that data; it then uses M2M to transmit and store that information, and through cloud based applications provides real time assessments that protect the athlete from further potential harm. 

John Grazioli, SENSUSS President said, “Sensor technology is advancing rapidly and we are honored our application was recognized with a Best of Sensors Expo Award. The future of this industry lies in sensor advancements and a substantial infrastructure created in the cloud to do amazing things with sensor data.” 

“The SENSUSS application continues to attract industry attention since it is truly a useful, innovative use of sensors in a healthcare M2M application,” said Greg Nicoloso, Eurotech CEO for North America. “By connecting their helmet sensors to the Everyware Cloud, coaches, doctors and parents can find out about potentially harmful hits immediately and even compare the data to previous hits or specific medical issues the athlete may have. We look forward to supporting this innovative application as it begins to proliferate in the market.” 

About Sensors Expo & Conference 
Sensors Expo & Conference is the only industry event in North America exclusively focused on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, providing over 25 years of technical innovation and thought leadership. The event is widely known as one of the world’s largest and most important gatherings of engineers and scientists involved in the development and deployment of sensor systems. Sensors Expo & Conference identifies the latest sensing technologies and strategies, explores them in an information-packed conference program and reflects those trends throughout the Expo Floor with new product releases, key technology-focused areas, such as Big Data & Cloud, Embedded, Energy Harvesting, MEMS and Wireless, and a showcase of hundreds of products and services. For more information, visit www.sensorsexpo.com. Sensors Expo & Conference is produced and managed by Questex Media Group LLC, a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA. 

About SENSUSS 
SENSUSS is a privately held company that develops a portfolio of technologically advanced products that will impact a vast array of industries. SENSUSS’ mission is to enhance lives through knowledge; we are currently presenting an evolution of sensory products that capture environmental and bio-rhythmic data. These products range from isolated sensors up to a full body area network linked to the cloud. Visit us at www.SENSUSS.com.

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Helps Bring Award-Winning Sports Impact Measurement Product to Market

June 7, 2013 by  
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According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 4 million mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) or concussions are reported each year due to impacts in sports and recreational activities. Realizing the epidemic of this issue, Jeff Lawson, CEO of Sensuss, embarked on developing a portfolio of products to measure the impacts that athletes sustain. The Sensuss organization quickly realized they would need a skilled partner to help facilitate this project, so they called on Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), to help them launch this venture. With Avnet’s assistance, the award-winning Sensuss S3 and S2 products are being brought to market to create a paradigm shift in the treatment of head trauma.

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A 2013 Laureate in IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program and 2013 ConnectedWorld Value Chain award winner, the S3 product is a helmet or glove-based device that monitors impacts and captures that information; it then uses machine-to-machine (M2M) technology to transmit and store that data, and through cloud-based applications provides real time assessments that protect the athlete from further potential harm. The S2 is a translucent helmet-based device that lights up when an athlete experiences a pre-defined level of impact; immediately sending an alert that a critical event may have occurred.

Sensuss brought Avnet into to this product evolution from an early stage to help realize its vision. Sensuss planned early on to produce its products at multiple international manufacturing facilities, and recognized that Avnet would be a very a strong advisor and business partner because of its supply chain expertise and global presence. Avnet then assisted the start-up company with broad-based supply chain support, including supplier identification, inventory management and FAE services.

“Avnet has been, and continues to be a loyal trusted partner in bringing these products to market,” said Lawson. “Avnet’s ability to provide components to any of several international manufacturing facilities, virtually on demand, has been a key enabler for us to ramp up our manufacturing. As Sensuss grows, our partnership with Avnet will be essential in receiving the supply chain support we need to quickly expand our products worldwide.”

“Sensuss is a classic example of American ingenuity at work. Jeff and team saw a need, then set out to make it a reality. Our team did its part to help,” said Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “Avnet is committed to helping Sensuss and other small companies just like it make their dreams come to fruition through the design chain and supply chain products and services we provide.”

The Sensuss products use a combination of Analog Devices sensors, NXP microcontrollers and a EuroTech Helios aggregator that uses Intel-based technology. The S3 supports 802.11 wifi, cellular or Zigbee standards. The S2 is available today for $99.99 at www.sensuss.com. The S3 is available for limited engagements.

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Eurotech Powered SENSUSS Application Recognized As A 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

April 9, 2012 by  
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COLUMBIA, Md., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –  Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, and SENSUSS, an innovator of sensor technologies, today announces IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program has named SENUSSS as a 2013 Laureate.  The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

 

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“Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements,” said John Amato, vice president & publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organizations’ ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper.”

 

SENSUSS is developing a portfolio of products that provide immediate information about impact levels that an athlete has sustained during participation. This product, the “S3″, is a device that monitors impacts and captures that data; it then uses M2M to transmit and store that data, and through cloud based applications provides real time assessments that protect the athlete from further potential harm.

John Grazioli, SENSUSS President said, “We are at an exciting time for the merging of M2M applications and sensor technologies. The future highlights numerous upcoming sensor advancements and a substantial infrastructure created in the cloud to do amazing things with sensor data.  Along with our partners, Eurotech and Avnet, we are poised to lead this emerging market and together share a commitment to provide social value with our products. This prestigious award from Computerworld further amplifies the importance of this technology and validates our teams’ commitment to protect you.”

“SENSUSS had a great product idea and knew it needed to be combined with current M2M and cloud technology for better, faster delivery of the data,” said Greg Nicoloso, Eurotech CEO for North America.  “By connecting their helmet sensors to the Everyware Cloud, coaches, doctors and parents can find out about potentially harmful hits immediately and even compare the data to previous hits or specific medical issues the athlete may have.  We look forward to supporting this innovative healthcare application as it begins to proliferate in the market.”

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

About The Computerworld Honors ProgramFounded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.

About SENSUSS:  Sensuss is a privately held company that develops a portfolio of technologically advanced products that will impact a vast array of industries.  Sensuss’ mission is to enhance lives through knowledge; we are currently presenting an evolution of sensory products that capture environmental and bio-rhythmic data. These products range from isolated sensors up to a full body area network linked to the cloud.  Visit us at www.sensuss.com.

About Eurotech: Eurotech is a listed global company (ETH.MI) that integrates hardware, software, services and expertise to deliver embedded computing platforms and sub-systems to leading OEMs, system integrators and enterprise customers for successful and efficient deployment of their products and services. Drawing on concepts of minimalist computing, Eurotech lowers power draw, minimizes physical size and reduces coding complexity to bring sensors, embedded platforms, sub-systems, ready-to-use devices and high performance computers to market, specializing in defense, transportation, industrial and medical segments. By combining domain expertise in wireless connectivity as well as communications protocols, Eurotech architects platforms that simplify data capture, processing and transfer over unified communications networks. Our customers rely on us to simplify their access to state-of-art embedded technologies so they can focus on their core competencies. Learn more about Eurotech at www.eurotech.com.

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