EMERGENCY CALL AND ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS PROVIDE SECURITY FOR OLDER PEOPLE -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

15.09.2021

OKW Odenwälder Kunststoffwerke Gehäusesysteme GmbH

EMERGENCY CALL AND ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS PROVIDE SECURITY FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Sudden fall. Getting up under your own power is no longer possible and you may even have suffered a serious injury. This is where emergency call systems can be of decisive help! They support senior citizens and people in need of help in their daily lives, warn them of dangers and, in an emergency, notify their relatives or the rescue service. Enclosures from OKW make a decisive contribution to this - whether as a portable version on the body, fixed to the wall or as a base station on the table.

THE INITIAL SITUATION
The fear scenario for many single seniors is simply: What happens if I fall down and nobody notices? It can happen at any time! With increasing age, the ability to see and hear declines. Muscle strength, coordination and reaction speed decline, and chronic illnesses often make life more difficult for many older people. Emergency call and assistance systems, however, give seniors the necessary security to master everyday life and relatives a good feeling, even if they are not in the immediate vicinity. With both home emergency calls and mobile emergency calls, seniors carry a mobile transmitter with them. If something happens to them, they press the button on this transmitter. This causes the device to trigger an alarm at an emergency call centre, which immediately attempts to contact the person concerned. If this is not possible or if there is an emergency, the emergency call service staff will inform relatives, the family doctor or the ambulance service as required.

HOUSINGS FOR PORTABLE SYSTEMS
OKW's wearable cases are perfectly suited for these mobile emergency call applications. The BODY-CASE, for example, can be worn on the wrist like a watch. With the wide range of accessories, however, there are many more possibilities: wearing around the neck with a neck strap, wearing on the body or pockets with a clip-on or simply loosely inserted. The case series can be delivered in 2 different sizes, with and without recessed control panel. The intermediate ring made of soft TPE material enables optical differentiation (e.g. for special injection moulding from 200 pieces in individual company colour) and the high protection class IP65. Thus the electronic components are protected against water jets when washing hands or cleaning.

TRANSMISSION OF THE EMERGENCY CALL
In the classic version, emergency call systems for senior citizens transmit the emergency call via radio from the hand-held transmitter to the base station. The base station immediately alerts the stored telephone number. Base stations can be used as tabletop versions or space-saving wall-mounted versions. The OKW housing portfolio includes a wide range of options for this - depending on the required volume of the built-in electronics, the number of keypads/operating elements and the customer's personal design preferences. That is why we are "picking out" a series of enclosures called SYNERGY at this point. The desktop and wall-mounted enclosures are characterised by their high-quality appearance, consisting of an aluminium profile with a top and bottom part each made of black plastic. There are 36 enclosure sizes available in 4 basic shapes: round, oval, rectangular and square. The SYNERGY, like pretty much all OKW enclosures, can be modified according to individual customer requirements, with e.g. printing, mechanical processing for interfaces/displays, a paint finish and much more.

MORE SAFETY WITH AAL ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
Intelligent assistance systems (AAL Ambient Assisted Living) go one step further, in addition to the pure emergency call function. The basis is a self-learning system in which sensors are networked with each other to collect and evaluate data. In this way, routine tasks and habits of the senior citizens are recorded. AAL systems can, for example, automatically take over the control of lighting and room temperature. Another possibility could be fall sensors in the floor, which detect if a person is lying on the floor for a long time. Sensors in ceilings/walls or in the shower check the resident's movement profile and also trigger an emergency message in the event of deviations or need. You can find an application example under the attached link. The AAL assistance system collects information as well as sensor readings and thus enables early hazard detection and reminder function. For example, if someone leaves their home while the cooker is still on, the system can issue a warning or switch the appliance off automatically.


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