Kai Sensors is particularly deserving of this Award for its development of a breakthrough, state-of-the-art sensor technology platform capable of non-contact, wireless, safe and accurate detection and monitoring of vital physiological signs including heart and respiration rate.
Vital sign monitors serve as an excellent means to monitor and assess patient health. The technology is largely shifting towards remote, wireless patient monitoring, consequent to the rising demand for continuous and efficient patient monitoring systems suitable for hospital and home settings.
“A device, capable of monitoring multiple physiological parameters simultaneously and accurately, with zero contact, crossing all environmental barriers is a significant milestone in the field of patient monitoring and diagnostics,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Vanitha S V. “Kai Sensors' technology can detect and monitor heart and respiration rate with absolutely no contact to the subject, through walls and barriers, and for multiple subjects simultaneously.”
The non-invasive nature of the monitoring is especially critical for subjects who would benefit from fewer wire connections (convulsive patients, mental health patients, infants, etc.). This technology is also a remarkable means to remotely monitor vital signs of elderly patients, with the complete assurance to provide continuous care for the aging population. Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, can also be diagnosed while the patient rests comfortably at home.
The principle of Kai Sensors' technology is based on the multiple input multiple output (MIMO) microwave Doppler radar, strategically combined with sophisticated digital signal processing and specialized algorithms to detect the physical motion of the chest back and forth, and convert the data thus acquired into useful medical information such as heart rate and respiration rate.
Kai Sensors' system can also continuously monitor the physiological parameters of multiple subjects and, by virtue of its proprietary algorithms and hardware functions, the data obtained from multiple subjects can be classified individually to get an accurate measurement of the heart and respiration rate for each subject. No other currently available technology has this suite of capabilities.
Further, devices developed from Kai Sensors' technology have low power requirements. They can operate at a wide range of frequencies and are capable of accuracy within 10 milli-seconds. The systems are cost effective, as the hardware components’ costs are low and designed to suit a specific product for a precise commercial application.
Overall, Kai Sensors' technology is a turnkey solution that can be employed for sophisticated and advanced vital signs monitoring across the continuum of care. With patents pending and an expert technical team, Kai Sensors is well-positioned to rapidly build a commercial prototype of this technology for diverse application sectors.
“Kai Sensors' system is a platform technology with powerful capabilities that will be applied to a wide spectrum of applications in the health care, automotive, and homeland security markets,” notes Vanitha. “Recently, the company secured a significant funding contract from the US Army for the development of a sensor and communication technology on a single chip.”
In essence, Kai Sensors’ technology is an epitome of innovation that holds immense futuristic benefits for the field of life signs monitoring and diagnostics and in recognition of the firm’s remarkable efforts in engendering the novel technology platform, Frost & Sullivan is honored to present Kai Sensors with the 2008 Technology Innovation of the Year Award for wireless vital signs monitoring technology.
Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to the company that has carried out new research, which has resulted in innovations that have or are expected to bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture. The Award recognizes the quality and depth of a company’s research and development program as well as the vision and risk-taking that enabled it to undertake such an endeavor.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
About Kai Sensors, Inc.
Headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kai Sensors (kaisensors.com) is actively engaged in the commercialization of its proprietary technology. The company is currently focused on integrating this technology into products for applications covering three key market sectors—health care, the automotive sector, and homeland security.
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Consulting Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's Growth Partnership Services, Growth Consulting and Career Best Practices empower clients to create a growth-focused culture that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents.