An Australian company called Simavita is releasing an incontinence detection device to be used in nursing homes across New South Wales. The SIMsystem uses a strip that detects liquid and a cellular device to send a note to a nursing station or a care provider.
From the product page:
The SIM™box, when fitted into the individual resident’s stretchpants (SIM™pants), transmits sensor readings from the SIM™strip in the SIMpad® over a wireless network to the SIM™server. The SIMsystem™ Manager software running on the SIM™server then detects key information about continence events and determines when to alert care staff about an event requiring attention.
Alerts are sent via text message to the carer’s mobile phone, or via the facility’s paging system if preferred. As carers are often unable to immediately respond to events, the software will display a summary log of alerts and manual observations can also be entered. The final bladder chart includes all observations in one easy-to-read report.
On completion of the 3-day assessment, the SIMsystem™ Manager produces shift, daily and 3-day reports that may be used by carers for the development of continence care plans.
The SIM™box and SIM™network have been built for ZigBee®, the industry standard protocol endorsed by the Continua Alliance, for low-power and low-range wireless applications. The SIM™box can operate continuously for at least 100 hours before the batteries need charging.