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UL helps manufacturers design safety and security features for new generation of medical alert systems that help the elderly “age in place.”
The harbinger for consumer technology desires – the International Consumer Electronics Show – was awash with new prototypes for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services this week.
More manufacturers are designing safety and security into their IoT devices from the start, and many organizations are turning to UL to tap its expertise in these areas. In some cases, longstanding products are being reimagined with Internet of Things technology. One case in point: medical alerts for the elderly.
Ninety percent of adults 50 and older would prefer to “age in place,” or in their homes, instead of in nursing homes, and medical alert systems help seniors maintain their independence safely. New advances in mobile capabilities and sensors are now built into medical alert systems, allowing for the connectivity opportunities offered by the “Internet of Things.”
When working with manufacturers on IoT-based medical alert systems, UL engineers focus on the following key areas:
IoT holds significant promise for many people, especially for those with health concerns who want to live an independent life. UL’s stringent testing of these promising devices are helping to make sure the reality matches the promise.