Products for more safety for elderly persons
Finnish intelligent flooring has already gained a strong foothold in the global marketplace. Safety solutions geared to senior citizens are meeting growing demand as the population ages
Finnish 9Solutions (founded 2009), is headquartered at Oulu, offering safety and productivity solutions for the healthcare sector. Its founder Sami Herrala came up with the idea to form an own company in 2008 when he became concerned about his aging father, an independent farmer. He has a technical background, and started to think on how one could improve elderly people’s security. He drew up a business plan, found some business partners and start-up financiers and was presenting the system firstly at a trade fair in Stockholm in September 2010.
9Solution is based on the positioning platform developed by the company, which uses Bluetooth and Cloud technologies, which helps to track both people and devices, indoors and out. The solution rolls real time situational awareness, personal safety solutions and the optimisation of work flow all into one. The comprehensive system offers new opportunities for countries like Finland and Germany, where healthcare costs need to be brought down up to 20 % in the near future.
70 % of the company’s turnover is exported. The main markets are Finland, Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia and Australia. The annual growth rate is 500 % to 700 %.
Another Finnish company, Elsi Technologies, stands for smart floor solutions that are installed in around 2000 flats in Finland and overseas. The majority are installed in care facilities, but the floor can also be installed in private homes. As the population ages, exports are growing markedly in Nordic countries.
The smart floor uses sensor technology to identify the location and movements of people on the floor. The user interface has been developed in co-operation with customers, thus as user friendly as possible. The smart floor send data concerning the movements of residents directly to a mobile phone of the person concerned with care duties. The strong points of the system are automatic alarms and customisation, such as the possibility to adjust the sensitivity of the man-down alarm. The system also provides precise information concerning changes in the daily routines of the resident and assists in diagnosing illnesses. Elsi’s technology encompasses the entire flat and does not limit its interior design. The smart floor is an invisible helper that does not put a label on the user.
Elsi’s product portfolio entails actually two products Elsi Elderly Care, a patient monitoring and security solution for nursing homes and Elsi Research, the smart floor system.