Each year, 5,400 Danes experience cardiac arrest outside of the safety of the hospital walls, according to the Danish Heart Foundation. Heart failure can happen anywhere, which makes it critical to have the right equipment on hand when you need it.
“A functional cardiac defibrillator can ultimately be the difference between life and death. We are sure proud of being part of a project that helps ensure the functionality of cardiac defibrillators 24 hours a day,” says Jan Rasmussen, Head of Solution House at Telenor Denmark.
IoT to the rescue
Telenor Denmark and the Aalborg-based development house Seluxit partnered to create an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that proactively monitors cardiac defibrillators, in order to detect any potential problems or malfunctions on the apparatus.
“An IoT unit that will monitor the equipment is installed on the cardiac defibrillators and on the incubators where the defibrillators are stored. This unit communicates via Telenor’s network and sends an alert to the Danish Heart Found and their service partner when any errors or low battery is detected. Telenor has donated the first 1,600 SIM cards, providing connectivity to the IoT units, to get the journey started towards always-functioning defibrillators in Denmark,” says Rasmussen.