October 17, 2014

We are sorry to announce that the company will cease operations this month. We are looking for ways to carry on the work and support our loyal customers so please contact us with any questions. It has been a 14 year adventure and we’d like to thank you all who helped us grow and work on some fascinating projects.​

May 27, 2014

As environmental quality is a growing issue, Sensaris is introducing its new EcoPM device for air quality monitoring. The portable, lightweight wireless device provides particle counts, total VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) as well as relative humidity and temperature measurements.

This new device can be used not only for real time display of air quality and comfort but also for other applications for smart cities such as mapping of urban heat islands.

Its built-in miniature fan ensures reliable measurements for both indoor and outdoor air quality measurements, which were validated against reference stations, particularly for PM2.5 µm, which have a much bigger health impact than PM 10 µm .

Hourly averages like currently measured by reference stations are not sufficient for taking action on a local level. By providing measurements every 30 seconds, the EcoPM enables not only better indoor air quality but also energy savings as air handling units in a building can be optimally ran based on the preset indoor/outdoor ratios for example.

Since the EcoPM contains a dual mode Bluetooth radio, it is compatible with a wide variety of mobile devices. The MobiSense applications for data communication to the Cloud is available both on iTunes and Google Play. so that users can easily see real time and using one mouse click the touch of a button extract logged files from the EcoPM.

For users without smartphones, Sensaris also developed a Java application, which can be for example installed on thin client PCs for deployments in offices, hotels and schools..

From our Sensdots interface, anyone interested in environmental monitoring can access data visualization for various indoor or outdoor areas, compare data between locations, generate and print reports simply using their web browser.

Air quality is one of the top priorities for Chinese citizens ; we are therefore actively preparing interfaces and manuals so that they can use the EcoPM in their everyday life in conjunction with low cost yet efficient air purifiers such as the Smart Air Filters. (http://smartairfilters.com/)

The EcoPM is the beginning of a series of devices for better well being and smarter living.

EcoPM – Technical Data Sheet v2

Accessing IAQ data Sensdots

Accessing live data from a PC

Android Accessing live data

Accessing live data from IOS device

EcoPM – Technical Data Sheet Chinese version

February 7, 2014

Sensaris introduces the first dual mode Bluetooth solution for blood glucose and
temperature data management.

People dealing with diabetes want to leverage mobile technologies to improve their daily lives while keeping the glucometers they are familiar with. Ease of use, cost of consumables and measurement accuracy are key factors in device selection.

Likewise, when it comes to smartphones, a large majority of blood glucose meter users indicate that there is a growing need to have solutions compatible with the widest possible variety of smartphones and tablets, not just the latest models. To fill this gap, Sensaris is introducing the first dual mode Bluetooth/Bluetooth Smart interface for diabetes management applications. Blood glucose data can now be easily managed from smartphones, not only to improve reporting to health care professionals, but ultimately to lower glycemic variability for patients and thereby reduce the number of hypoglycemic events.

Along with providing connectivity to the Lifescan One Touch Ultra 2 glucometer (one of the most accurate device for veterinary blood glucose measurements), a non contact infrared thermometer can also be used with the same dual mode interface for medical grade temperature measurements.

The “2for2” device (2 Bluetooth technologies for 2 measurements) comes with an API so that developers can quickly integrate glucose and temperature data into their own mobile phone applications for iOS or Android based devices.

Dr Michael Setton of Sensaris explains that “By using the Bluetooth Low Energy technology and combining with existing medical devices Sensaris has made the existing technology more patient friendly. The first combined device will be available for the veterinary market and will migrate to human use when FDA and CE certification are obtained. This is an important strategic step for patients as a December 2013 study by Allied Marked Research indicated that the blood glucose meter market is likely to capture the lion’s share of the world mHealth market in the next few years.”

Sensaris intends to extend the 2 for2 to several glucometer brands and to integrate other physiological measurements for better chronic disease management.

June 16, 2013

Sensaris has posted the first 2 episodes of our Internet of Things training course.
The courses are accessible via this link (Click on the link below to access the course)

IoT University Access.

The complete schedule is the following:
What the IoT is about,
Technology convergence.

MCUs: Market, types
Serial communication: I2C and SPI
Wired connectivity: Ethernet
Wireless technologies: Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, Zigbee, WiFi, GPRS/3G, Sigfox, Weightless……….
Power: POE, Batteries,solar energy, energy harvesting, inductive charging.
Power optimisation, latency, range, signal propagation, interference

Platforms: Senspods, Arduino , Raspberry Pi, Over the Air firmware updates,, programming languages, IDE/compilers.
Embedded Software: Contiki, RTOS and others.
Network topologies: Star, mesh.
Real time vs store and forward or on demand access.
Possible Data models.
Security:AES, DES, SSL, man in the middle attacks. Impact on autonomy.
Protocols: IPv4, IPv6 , TCP vs UDP, http, MQTT
Databases: SQL, NoSQL
Cloud storage, big data analysis, scalability, SaaS
Real time technologies: Websockets.
Silos/ interoperability, bridges, SDKs and APIs
Mobile world integration : Smartphone and tablet shares, iPhone / Android opportunities and quirks.
Web technologies: html 5, xml, JSON, GIS
Data Visualisation: User Interface, graphs, mapping, Augmented Reality
Deployment, remote support, fleet management , managing risks and evolution

Value chain and Business models.
User centric cloud based services
Analytical Hierarchy Process for technology selection

• Industry: Data center applications, parcel tracking and monitoring, worker exposure
• Environmental monitoring: Air quality, water quality, radiation
• Meteorological: Barometric pressure, temperature, relative humidity, UV index, wind speed, precipitation etc.
• Agriculture: Soil moisture, leaf wetness etc., greenhouse uses, fresh produce monitoring, wine growing, grain preservation
• Smart homes: Home automation, Energy consumption optimisation, LED lighting, presence detection, indoor air quality.
• Internet of Things for healthcare: Professional services, mHealth, Chronic disease management, quantified self
• Sports and fitness: Real time Heart rate monitoring,HRV, recovery, Inertial sensing for performance optimisation, gait analysis and foot pressure mapping, muscle fatigue
• Smart cities: Museums, lighting, noise mapping, road condition sensors
• New applications: Advertising, Iot and drones. Google talking shoe etc.

March 21, 2013

As spring is here, we decided it was time to look at applications other than what we’ve been doing over the past 5 years. Since several people in the office are getting ready for the competitive season to start again in various sports, nothing could be more appropriate than to monitor heart rate and heart rate variability.So, here it is: an iPhone (and very soon Android) app connecting to a Polar Bluetooth Smart HRM and sending data in real time to a database. The information can be viewed using any web browser (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox) either in real time or since it is stored in a database can be replayed at will. Stay tuned for more fitness and sports appcessoriesfrom Sensaris in the near future . In the meantime, get your sneakers, shorts and friends to get training ; of course if you have new ideas regarding sports apps, we’ll be very happy to hear from you.



February 15, 2013

Sensaris 推出“空气质量智能手机”全球网络。
首款智能城市 iPhone 和 Android 应用程序配件。

2013 年 2 月,法国克罗尔市
英国最近的争论及中国城市发布细微颗粒浓度的必要性无一不彰显着人们对空气质量监测日益浓厚的兴趣。一项针对中国人口的研究表示,42% 的受调查人员最关注的是城市大气污染或其健康效应。
Sensaris 在 4 大洲的 15 个城市推行了试验项目和部署后,目前正推出首个基于云技术和智能手机的空气质量监测全球网络。
诸如噪声、一氧化碳、氮氧化合物、臭氧、二氧化碳、紫外线、细微颗粒、湿度、温度、辐射等环境数据以及 GPS 定位都可无线发送至 iPhone 或 Android 移动设备。用户可选择在手机上存储数据,将其发送至服务器以进行实时映射,或本地存储在 Senspod 的内存卡上以便稍后传输。此专利申请中的解决方案将便于市民监测室内和室外空气质量,并通过社交网络应用程序比较和共享结果。对于智能城市服务而言,此袖珍型 Senspod 可在行走时使用,可安装在车辆(自行车、小轿车)上或是放置在城市公共设施上使用。我们可扩展的架构结合了易于使用的移动应用程序和我们基于 web 的界面,可确保帮助我们的客户进行轻松部署。
在许多情况下,小轿车内的传感器比城市中的空气质量监测站还要多。随着来自 1 月份蓝牙创新世界杯的提振,我们非常高兴在今年夏季能够在多个新城市中部署 Senspod。我们的设备和软件将为市民和社区提供改善空气质量的新型方式,同时社交网络工具的使用将能够在全球范围内促进理念和解决方案的交流。这对于增强人们引入本地解决方案以解决此日益突出问题的决心和斗志而言是非常重要的一步。
Senspod 的每日所需费用还不到在咖啡厅消费一杯咖啡的花销。

February 4, 2013

We looked at various systems, but they did address mostly messaging and were often far too costly to deploy or suited just for one country. (See for example US driven Direct Project).Y3 enables us to design mobile centric solutions which are both interoperable and future proof. Yobidrive’s CEO, François Vaille, describes their vision pertaining to the use of PKI for Securing The Internet of Things:

Yobi Drive’s Blog: Securing the Internet of things.

Let’s take a pulse Oximeter: raw saturation data has to be cleaned from non representative measurement points, added to a live data set, but also aggregated day by day… the real, meaningful data is not the raw data from the sensor. Primary data is the saturation, metadata can be location, date and time, authorized readers, sensor health… context could be “live data” or “archived”.

All those operations being managed in a Y3 context transition, the data is encrypted with the keys of the sensor immediately after all those transforms in the blackboxed Y3 API, and stored ready for use by mHealth visualization apps. Those apps access the meaningful sensor data after door opening ( so decryption enablement ) by the end user himself, in the same way than he accesses protected shares in YobiDrive FX.

IoT is a very simple and natural application of contextual storage, immediately adding intelligence to the raw nature of – not so – smart things.

Whether used for chronic disease management, in hospitals or real time monitoring during emergency transport, security and trust are always among the top requirements for our customers. Even in a growingly fragmented and diverse mobile environment, once healthcare providers have agreed on PKI certificates revocation checking, one of the last barriers to adoption will have been addressed ; patients at the center of the healthcare system, will be able to use the m-Health Internet of Things on a daily basis.

To go further:

The Direct Project: Sending health information over the cloud

C. Doukas et al., Enabling data protection through PKI encryption in IoT m-Health devices, 2012 International Conference on Bioinformatics and bioengineering (BIBE), p 25-29.

Healthcare use of X.509 and PKI is trust worthy when managed

December 24, 2012

We released an application for Android phones to measure peak flow values using Bluetooth data transmission. Peak flow meters are simple devicex measuring how quickly air is expelled from one’s lungs and are used in daily life for asthma monitoring. Peak flow values of 50% – 80% of a person’s best results are a sign of a moderate asthma attack, while values below 50% are a sign of a severe attack.

As part of a management plan, having regular readings will help asthma sufferers better control their disease, manage their medication or even act hours-sometimes days-before early signs of asthma attacks appear.
Our growing application portfolio opens new doors to better understanding of correlation between air quality/personal pollution exposure and physiological effects.

July 20, 2012

Using Senspods, it is now easier than ever to check indoor environmental quality.
The new Senspods were developed and trialed through a grant from the Eco Energies Innov funding program Eco Innov focusing on home energy savings.
Studies at Coventry University clearly showed that monitoring CO2, temperature, humidity and amount of light is also useful for home energy profiling and to better understand where gains can be made towards passive homes.( Coventry Passive Homes ).
The data can be visualized in real time using mobile phones or data sent to the cloud can be to compare the environmental quality of different homes.
Public building requirements: New focus on schools and day care centers in France.
In France , a new requirement for day care centers came into effect on July 1 st 2012 and requires all buildings to characterize VOCs (formaldehyde and benzene) and CO2. Carbon dioxide has no effect on health but it is an excellent indicator of the degree of air confinement and renewal rate.
A recent study in the Midi Pyrenees regions shows that out of 310 schools, 21 % have insufficient ventilation.Midi Pyrennees Schools
This in line with a previous study which looked at 160 schools in 13 regions in France which found that 16 % of schools (25 % in elementary schools) did not meet the French Committee for public health values. Indoor Air quality study
If you want to find out about your own living spaces, your office, gym or if you’d like to know how schools can improve the well being of the students, we probably have a solution for you.

June 22, 2012

To answer the request from developers wanting to integrate Senspod data into their own applications, we are releasing our first version of the Sens2Cloud API. The principles that guided us were ease of use, flexibility to adapt to new types of sensors, and flexible controls.
Dominique Guinard (with Ion and Mayer) highlighted the advantages of using REST for wireless sensor networks in this publication:

He concludes “Participants identi ed that RESTful Web services represent the most straightforward and simple way of achieving a global network of smart things because RESTful Web services seamlessly integrate with the Web.”

Now that the framework is released, the next Senspods will all follow the same data format, but since we’ve got already 15 Senspods, you have a busy summer ahead of you.
In this manual, you will find how to deal with:
Query format
Returned values

Senspod’s functions
Get the Senspod’s frame data units
Extract the last X Senspod’s frames
Obtain Senspod’s frames between two dates

Have fun.

Sens2Cloud manual
Sens2Cloud manual

May 4, 2012

After the success of Senspods used for the “Montre verte” and the” Copenhagen wheel” projects, we wanted to build services based on information shown in real time on wearable platforms.
We started with the Sony Ericsson Live View and Android based phones.The result is shown below:

Senspods’ data can be provided as RSS feeds, therefore very simple RSS readers can display information on wearable devices, so developers can let their imagination run wild for new applications based on sensor data.
Since we can now also stream Senspod data to iPhone, our next development will be to use the amazing Pebble Watch !!

Stay tuned and contact us if you are interested to become one of the early adopters.

April 20, 2012

Sensaris releases ZAO, an all-in-one biomedical device for m-health applications.

ZAO is a all-in-one biomedical device for mHealth, disaster relief, wireless hospitals or innovative homecare uses. It communicates with mobile phones, tablets or access points and leverages cloud technologies for unprecedented applications. In a single package the following functions are provided:

  • - Pulse oximeter
  • - Blood pressure monitor
  • - Thermometer
  • - Glucometer interface
  • - With a WiFi module

To use ZAO, a doctor, a nurse or even a patient selects the function to be used and then starts measurements . Thanks to mobile and web based applications, ZAO displays the data either just locally or sends it securely to a distant server.


Working with doctors and nurses over the last 10 years, Sensaris realized that providing wireless devices was not enough. They needed a single wireless unit to perform essential and vital basic measurements: oxygen saturation, heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, blood glucose. Something that like a stethoscope they can always carry, a device which fits in a pocket. Small size, ease of use and ruggedness are crucial for telemedicine applications.

Patients also told us that instead of having to learn to operate a variety of devices they wanted a simple to use, reliable unit compatible with their phones, internet gateways or TVs.

So with the help of mHealth specialists and ER doctors we took the various stages of ZAO through tough field testing and we are now proud to introduce the result of this team effort.


We could have added a screen on ZAO to simply give results directly on it. But we chose not to because we strongly believe that a lot of applications can be developed around wireless technologies and networks. It is all about seamless experience and users using different interfaces through the day: phones, tablets, PCs, TVs. ZAO delivers vital information in real time at the point of care no matter when or where.
Two way communication over IP also provides field users with instant access to expertise. Moving data rather than patients is always more efficient.


The patent pending ZAO is the first device with 5 key healthcare functions compatible with both Android and iOS based devices (even satellite phones for remote area telemedicine).

Connectivity to plug computers enable easy deployment and connectivity to hospital Ethernet or WLAN networks.
Entreprise level security and data encryption.

Compatible with mobile broadband access for disaster emergency response.

Interoperability with existing health systems through IEEE 11073 data transcoding.

Patent pending

January 31, 2012

Yesterday was a very special day as we received in Munich an award for the Bluetooth Worldwide Innovation Cup in the category “Automotive, entertainment and other” .
This has a special meaning for us as it validates our vision to build a global network of environmental monitoring sensors for citizens. Mobile phones are personal devices but our environment is a shared responsibility and concern. The Senspod family is growing quickly and there will be exciting announcements in the near future so stay tuned.

We thank the Bluetooth SIG and the members of the jury for this recognition, and for those of you that could not attend the ceremony at ISPO, here is our presentation.

January 9, 2012

In the journal “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society”, you can read a fascinating article about “Human Centric Sensing”. Click on the link below to access it:

Human centric Sensing Article

The authors indicate in the abstract “The first decade of the century witnessed a proliferation of devices with sensing and communication capabilities in the possession of the average individual……Social networking platforms emerged, such as Twitter, that allow sharing information in real time. The unprecedented deployment scale of such sensors and connectivity options ushers in an era of novel data-driven applications that rely on inputs collected by networks of humans or measured by sensors acting on their behalf.”

We share the same vision and believe that people are still at the heart of the “Internet of Things”. This is why trust, privacy are key issues for deployments and sociological considerations are as important as technological ones. Sensor networks are just extensions of our senses and provide new ways to interconnect them, but what matters is what is done with the data, not how it is collected or communicated.
We are really excited about new developments and product launches in 2012…..it should be a great year and we will do everything we can to make it a good year for you as well.
Best wishes for this new and exciting journey !

December 10, 2011

After beta tests in 6 countries (out of 18 countries where Senspods are used), we are now releasing Senspod App.
Starting with EcoSense, you can now download software directly from the Android Market, install it on your Android devices and start making a difference for the environment in your city.
Simple steps:

- Scan the QR code,
- select install,
- launch the app,
- select your Senspod and enter 1111 for pairing.

Send your friends the web address to see your data live. You are done.

Current record is 1:48 (and that was even without any warm-up whatsoever).Can you top that ??

November 28, 2011


ユーザーはデータをリアルタイムに電話上で見る、また地理社会的なネットワークツールを使ってデータを共有することができます。分布図作成と社会ネットワークを統合することで安全な地域の情報を素早く共有できます; 自分達の近接地域の安全性についてより詳しく知りたい人々はウェブブラウザー付きのデバイスを使うことでウェブベースの視覚的なインターフェイスにアクセスできます。


「日本でのSafecast(セーフキャスト)プロジェクトは市民中心の放射線監視への道を開きましたが私達はスマートフォンとの互換性を広げソーシャル・ネットワークによってデータ共有を簡素化したかったのです。私達は5カ国で毎日のユーザー達による初期の試験が正確さとソフトウェアの使いやすさの視点からの両方で首尾良く完了したことをとてもうれしく思います。Senspodはソーシャルで地元でのモバイルによる環境監視の最初のブロックです。」とSensarisの創業者兼CEOであるミカエル・セットン(Michaël Setton)は宣言しました。このデバイスは現在同社のウェブサイトで注文することができます:http://www.sensaris.com/store/

Sensaris はインターネット関連品に焦点を当てた新興企業です。同社は地理位置情報、無線通信および低電力製品に基礎をおくモバイルを中心にしたソリューションを提供します。その製品とソフトウェアパッケージはスマートシティーや医療用アプリケーションに使われています。



November 18, 2011

We are happy to announce that Sensaris has been selected as part of the 3 finalists in the category “Automotive, Entertainment & More using Bluetooth low energy technology”.

Senspods qualification for this competition confirms our belief that Bluetooth is the leading enabling technology for Internet of Things applications.
This is definitely the right category for Senspods as we showed their use for the IBM Greenhaviour project where Senspods were mounted on a driverless car, and it fits with the entertainment part as well since we initially developed the “Montre Verte” concept and have now taken it to the next level using wearable accessories.

The pervasiveness of mobile phones with Bluetooth radios is both an advantage and a challenge.It is an advantage in terms of power consumption and low gateway costs (any mobile phone with Bluetooth will do). It is a challenge because our software platform needs to work similarly on Nokia Series 40 phones, Android phones from version 1.6 to 2.3 or iOS devices.
Our recent demo in Mumbai definitely showed that crowdsourcing is the way forward for improved sustainability. No matter what the outcome of the competition is, we will be increasingly focusing on wide scale applications in the coming year. Stay tuned !

Press Release

November 10, 2011

Sensaris adds radiation monitoring to its Senspod platform. Recently some areas with high radiation levels have been detected by citizens in Japan and it is clear that a large number of Geiger counter is necessary to keep track of safe areas over time.
The RemPod has been designed to provide such a service to citizens and municipalities as it measures alpha, beta and gamma radiation and GPS coordinates, and either stores the data on a memory card or displays the values in real time on mobile phones via Bluetooth transmission.
Users can view the data in real time on their phones and also share the data using geosocial networking tools. The integration with mapping and social networks enables rapid sharing of safe areas; people wanting to know more about the safety of their immediate area can access the web based visualization interface using any device with a web browser.
For fast deployment several devices can also be simultaneously connected to WiFi or 3G networks. Since RemPods are also designed to store measurements in a built in microSD memory card, they can record data even in conditions with no network access such as ships at sea for example. The sensors will also be valuable tools to monitor soil decontamination and to then keep track of the evolution around storage facilities.

“Safecast in Japan paved the way for citizen centric radiation monitoring but we wanted to broaden compatibility with smartphones and simplify data sharing via social networks. We are very pleased that the initial testing of RemPods by daily users in 5 countries has been successfully completed both from an accuracy and a software ease of use point of view. Senspods are our first building block of Social, local, mobile environment monitoring.” declared Michaël Setton, founder and CEO of Sensaris.

RemPod brochure

September 30, 2011

The Qatar University Wireless Innovations Centre (QUWIC) at the Qatar Science and Technology Park has unveiled two new systems that they say will deal with some of the significant logistics and systems management issues currently facing Qatari institutions.
Using its new Labeeb data processing system, QUWIC has launched Masarak, a comprehensive solution to provide real-time and historic traffic information in Qatar, and a user interface that will support services and applications using this information to address the needs of three market segments: government entities, enterprises, and consumers.
Users can access these systems through mobile device applications, web applications, voice, SMS and broadcast, and will allow users to monitor traffic congestion on an interactive map, as well as get directions between locations that factor in traffic flow, ease of use and distance. The system can monitor data from vehicles such as Mowasalat taxis and buses, and will also integrate data from cameras. QUWIC officials say that the system promises to assist with traffic congestion and monitoring, vehicle tracking, trip planning, dispatching and intelligent fleet management.

Users will be able to monitor air quality in real time on their mobile device According to QUWIC officials, strategic partnerships have been formed to create comprehensive business ‘eco-system’, including the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, the Ministry of Interior and Traffic Department, Mowasalat, Qtel, Qatar University, and Qatar Foundation.
QUWIC has also partnered with Qatar Foundation’s HSSE Department, the Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute and the Ministry of Environment to design and build its Qatar Air Pollution Surveillance System (QAPSS).
The system will use the Labeeb data processing technology to integrate data from air monitoring sensors that are set to be installed along Qatar’s roads with data from larger air quality monitoring stations at Qatar University, Education City, the Ministry of Environment and other locations around Doha.
QUWIC officials said that additional sensors can be installed at construction sites, smart cities, sports facilities and educational institutions as needed.
These stations will be monitoring levels of particulate matter, oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur oxide, as well as other atmospheric conditions such as temperature and humidity, all of which have an effect on human health.
QAPSS will help build a bank of historical and real time environmental data that will provide a clear map of air quality conditions around Doha, which will allow experts to advise on possible safety measures and government policies.
Users will also be able to monitor air quality conditions in real time on their mobile device through an application designed by QUWIC’s Mobile App Development Centre. QUWIC officials said that these systems were purpose built, and will continue to evolve to meet new challenges and tackle new problems as they come up. They are in a position to be flexible and adaptive, as these solutions have been built in-house and have not been brought in from institutions outside of Qatar.


September 24, 2011

We have been working on this topic for several years and thought it would be beneficial to gather and share in one location technical information pertaining to wireless sensors for urban environmental monitoring.

Here is a map of the projects/studies we are aware of, and we will constantly update it of course. If you are aware of other projects that we should add to this list, please send us information.

View Sensaris Environmental monitoring sensor network research in a larger map

Korea Seoul micro sensor node

air pollution based on geosensor network Korea

EcoBus Serbia

Columbia CO augmented reality

India bus GPRS GPS Air sensing

Maqumon Vanderbilt


common Sense novice users

Open Sense Zurich 1

Open Sense Zurich 2

Cambridge Message

VITO Noise and air quality sensor network


August 23, 2011

Recently an interesting article indicated that a low cost Android from Huawei is already used by 350 000 kenyans.

“It seems like just yesterday when only the slickest kid on the block had a smartphone, but now,this revolutionary gadget is selling like hotcakes in the developing world. Earlier this year, the
Chinese firm Huawei unveiled IDEOS through Kenya’s telecom titan, Safaricom. So far, this $80 smartphone has found its way into the hands of 350,000+ Kenyans, an impressive sales number
in a country where 40% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The IDEOS’s success in this market firmly establishes the open source Android as the smartphone of the
people and demonstrates how unrelenting upswings in price-performance can jumpstart the spread of liberating technologies. Thanks to low-cost Androids, the geographically-untethered
smartphone is here to stay, and it simply cannot be stopped.”

In June 2011, Huawei and Safari Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding for technology transfer with 3 kenyan universities. Dr Bitange Ndemo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications indicated that he sees 90% of phones being smartphones in the next 2 years.

That same month, , Safaricom and Telkom Kenya announced they were embedding health services into their product offerings. It is not an altruistic endeavour however, as both companies hope the move will see their profit margins increase, after prices wars have devastated the countries telecom sector in recent months.
Much of the focus will initially be on rural areas in the country through the virtual clinics, which the telecom companies said would bring in “modest” consultation fees. The mobile operators claim users will make huge savings on money spent on travel and logistics associated with hospital visits.

Safaricom’s Health Presence will be equipped with facilities to read a patient’s vital signs – including temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate. On the other end, the doctor on call will be able to read the vitals on a computer and together with the patient’s narrative, is able to give a diagnosis and prescription or refer the patient to a health clinic.
The e-health centres will be housed in digital villages set up by Safaricom. It has put up 800 digital villages and plans to put an additional 5,000 by end of this year.
Sylvia Mulinge, the general manager of Enterprise Business Unit at Safaricom, said
“In the first year, we will have 30 per cent of the digital villages equipped with the health presence facility,The project is meant to take affordable and quality health care to the common person. One should be able to consult a professional medical practitioner at under $2 (Sh168). This would in ordinary circumstances cost one in excess of Sh2, 000, when one factors in travel costs and other logistics.”

Adapting our products and services to meet new challenges.

Emerging countries are quickly embracing mhealth technologies and it is not a coincidence if the GSMA first mobile health Summit took place in South Africa in June.
Shipments of budget Android phones priced at around the US$150 mark numbered just 2.5-3 million units in 2010, the vast majority of which were split between ZTE (ZTE Racer model, review and specs here) and Huawei (IDEOS, review here) .
Sales of such phones are expected to grow to more than 20 million units in 2011. Huawei plans to ship between 12 and 15 million Android powered devices this year,At a time when healthcare budgets are being re-examined, it is clear to us that mHealth can contribute to improving quality care without requiring substantial investments. To encourage this move, we have ported all our mobile health applications to this IDEOS phone: software packages for our biomedical devices in the Senspacks (thermometer, glucometer, blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter) are all available now for such entry level smartphone. Granted the low resolution takes some getting used too after using higher end smartphones,the screen keyboard is tiny and it can be annoying to type SMS messages, and more annoyingly the battery life is awful BUT does it really matter when it sells for $ 80 in Kenya and for 8300 rupees in India ?
To us, not really because we believe that these are small issues compared to improving the lives of thousands of people and enabling a faster diffusion of mobile health to save lives.
Sensaris will release new mobile health solutions for diabetes management and for maternal, newborn child health in the near future with a particular focus on these new platforms for emerging countries.

July 5, 2011

Crolles, France.

Sensaris introduces a new product for wireless applications. Our Bluetooth®/Wifi® bridge integrates two state of the art low power modules: a Bluetooth WT12 from Bluegiga® and the Wifi® Flyport from OpenPicus. The web server contained within the Flyport module hosts a web application dedicated to controlling sensors and monitoring their data.
Web developers do not need to know about embedded electronics anymore to develop in record time ground breaking applications and services for wireless sensors, either as standalone entities or in networks.

Using the Bluetooth®/WiFi® Bridge, our customers can:·
- Use the Sensaris mHealth and environmental devices with any Apple® mobile devices: iPad®, iPhone®.
- Connect Bluetooth sensors to devices missing the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile but with WiFi radios (e.g. Windows Phone 7 platform)
- Start working on Internet of Things applications with future proof wireless technologies and a wide variety of platforms: Android®, iOS, plug computers etc.
- Control and monitor multiple devices through the bridge via web applications.
- Send real time data to any remote server.

The first applications developed are for mHealth and environmental monitoring but many exciting applications are in the pipeline…………….

Bluetooth-WiFi bridge introduction.

June 24, 2011

Crolles – France

As its first standalone mHealth solution, Sensaris is releasing pulse oximetry solution compatible with 90 % of the mobile phones and tablets sold today.

As a  result of several years of close cooperation with doctors and users, the software (iOS, Android or J2ME)  is easy to install, configure and use.

We chose oximetry first because there are close to 650 000 surgical procedure are performed every day worldwide and pulse oximetry is now a standard to detect hypoxemia, and perioperative or postoperative complications. Just to equip operating rooms in poor or emerging countries, WHO estimates that there is an immediate need for 100 000 units.

In OECD markets, besides being widely used by anethesiologists in hospitals, it is increasingly purchased by subacute care centers, EMS or for home monitoring .(COPD, sleep apnea).