Tunstall Americas introducing Vi+ telecare home monitoring

click to enlargeWe don’t hear much from Tunstall Healthcare in the US other than their traditional/mobile PERS business (formerly AMAC‘s). That may be changing with their introduction (finally) of the Vi+ telecare home unit. It has medical alert, fall detection (via ‘intelligent pendant’) and integrates with home monitoring an array of what they call ‘Virtual Sensors’–motion and other sensors to monitor activity in the home, including wireless sensors for fire, flood and gas leaks. They do make a point of having an integral ambient temperature sensor which will alert their response center if an unsafe high or low temperature is detected.

Other than the press release, no information on Vi+ is on the Americas website yet, including pricing. (Vi without the sensor array has been sold for some time.) Vi+ is marketed in most Tunstall countries in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The fact sheet from Ireland is representative of Vi+ in most markets.

It’s interesting that Tunstall Americas has chosen to enhance their PERS/call center services with sensors, versus entering the hotter telehealth area. Sensor-based activity/danger monitoring is hardly new. This Editor’s former company, Living Independently Group/QuietCare Systems had a platform and analytics driven by motion and temperature sensors as early as 2003. The integration with emergency sensors was a feature of the late Lively kit as it is currently for Healthsense and systems built off the Alarm.com platform.

What is of note is that Tunstall Americas for two years has been buying up established monitoring services and PERS suppliers (often selling other product) around the country, reaching into local home care markets and integrating them into their call monitoring services. The twelfth and latest (June) was Lifeline Emergency Response Systems of Irvine, California.

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