Project Serene IoT: Networked sensor technology in the healthcare sector

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers huge potential for the healthcare sector - from diagnostics and patient safety to optimized logistical processes. A total of 21 European partners are working in the SERENE-IoT project to create elementary basics for IoT applications in healthcare. As part of the project, the German consortium coordinated by Fraunhofer EMFT is developing an IoT-compatible mobile analyzer for detecting multi-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). 

Networked Sensor Technology in the Healthcare Sector
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Networked sensor technology in the healthcare sector

The detection method (developed in the MRE-Test project, funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology as part of the "Microsystems Technology Bavaria" program, funding code MST-1308-0001//BAY189/001) is being transferred to a networkable overall system that can be used in battery operation. This is based on new application-specific memory chips with very low energy consumption. The focus of the research project is on the development of a secure software architecture for the IoT networking of medical devices and on the security of the transfer of confidential data. 

Vernetzte Sensorik im Gesundheitsbereich
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Secured and networked on-site MRSA detector

On the national level, the testing of the developed concept of IoT-networked medical devices is carried out by the clinical center of the University of Munich using various demonstrators (mobile MRSA detector, device for the detection of postoperative infections, nutrition pump, fall detector for the detection and prevention of falls).

The SERENE IoT project is funded by the EUREKA cluster PENTA with €5.1 million, 67% of which is provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF.



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