Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, according to the National Council on Aging. In long term care facilities, falls often happen at night, when unattended residents get out of bed in the dark. For years, the healthcare industry has been experimenting with technologies that address this problem. One solution is a wearable sensor that activates a camera when residents get up. To protect privacy, the camera in the room sends caregivers blurry images so that they cannot see exactly what residents are doing, but they can see whether they are in bed, sitting, standing or on the floor.
Park Stanislaus in The Netherlands is the site of an eldercare facility using this technology on a private LTE network developed by Druid Software and Corning, who were recognized by the Small Cell Forum for excellence in enterprise commercial deployment. Their Dutch channel partner was Avics B.V., a healthcare technology specialist. The network was deployed in the 1800 MHz spectrum band, some of which is available in the Netherlands for private wireless networks.