Cambridge Consultants has released a new platform for wireless device connectivity, which the company believes will make almost any medgadget wireless for less than $10 of extra manufacturing cost. The system has already been embedded into and tested on a pulse oxymeter and weighing scales.
For the first time, the Vena platform embeds both the emerging IEEE11073 standard, which ensures compatibility of data exchanged between different types of devices, and the emerging Bluetooth Medical Device Profile, optimised for the secure transport of medical data, onto the single chip. Successfully concept tested with a pulse oximeter and weighing scales, the platform will be expanded to include other types of devices including blood pressure monitors. The platform is also capable of delivering a complete display, which means that device manufacturers now simply need to add their sensor of choice and the device is wireless-ready.
The Vena platform can be used with multiple devices providing a connection to online records through a monitoring station, home PC or set top box. In addition to Bluetooth, the platform incorporates complete support for a range of other connections. Full TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) implementation allows Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections. Cable connections via UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter) or USB can also be added. The platform can even be used to transmit data via mobile phone for health and fitness applications on the move.