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Bluegiga Expands to Health and Medical Market With the New Bluegiga eHealth Access Point

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 General News J E 4
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BARCELONA, Spain, February 17, 2010 Bluegiga Technologiesannounced today the availability of their new Bluegiga eHealth Access Pointbased on Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP). The new technology can beutilised in various health and medical applications. The first large scaleremote monitoring systems utilizing Bluegiga eHealth Access Point will beimplemented in Japan by Alive-inc who offers "NTT DOCOMO's wellness support"for people enabling the save remote monitoring of health condition of aperson.

In the health and medical market the use of wireless technology isgrowing fast. Trends in personal health, lifestyle and demographics arecontributing directly to skyrocketing health care costs and the industry islooking for new ways for improved customer care and cost savings.

Bluetooth HDP technology was created by The Bluetooth SIG and leadinghealth and medical equipment manufacturers to support wireless in-home,in-clinic and in-hospital applications. HDP-enabled end-user devices such asglucose meters, blood pressure monitors, weight scales, ECG-monitors orthermometers transmit data wirelessly to fixed monitoring stations or anyother back-end system. Bluetooth technology is ideally suited for wirelessdata transfer due to its low power consumption, low cost, high security,robustness and interoperability.

"It is expected that by 2025 there will be 1.2 billion people over 60years in the world and they will all require more from the health careservices. Combining this with a growing number of people suffering fromobesity as well as the opportunities in personal well-being and sports,health and medical industries can certainly benefit from wireless Bluetoothtechnology," comments Tom Nordman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing forBluegiga.

Bluegiga eHealth Access Point offers the service providers an open andeasy to use platform for building standard Bluetooth or Bluetooth HealthDevice Profile-based sensor networks and connecting them easily to anydatabase remotely or on-site.

Bluegiga eHealth Access Point includes IEEE 11073-20601 Personal HealthData Exchange Protocol and open Application Programming Interfaces forenabling the integration with various back-end systems. At Mobile WorldCongress, the Bluetooth HDP-enabled Bluegiga eHealth Access Point will bedemonstrated with Google Health at stand 1F62 in Hall 1.

Bluegiga has a number of existing customers already utilising theirmodules and networking devices for a wide range of healthcare solutions fromhospital networks to consumer devices.

Bluegiga Technologies Inc. provides Bluetooth-based wireless module andaccess device solutions to OEMs, integrators and teleoperators. The secure,cost-effective and easy to integrate devices are used by industry leaders inthe areas of health and medical, automotive, audio, industrial, and consumerapplications. Bluegiga was founded in 2000 with head office in Finland andsales offices in United States and Hong Kong. Through distribution networkBluegiga has presence in more than 65 countries worldwide. For additionalinformation, please visit http://www.bluegiga.com

Bluetooth Wireless Technology is the global short-range wireless standardfor personal connectivity from a wide range of electronic devices. Thetechnology is now available in its fourth version of the core specificationand continues to develop, building on its inherent strengths -a small-formfactor radio, low power, low costs, built-in security, strength,accessibility, and ad hoc networking abilities. The installed Bluetoothdevice base was more than one billion products at the end of 2006, making itthe only well-known choice for developers, product manufacturers, andconsumers worldwide.

The Bluetooth word, mark, and logo are registered trademarks and areowned by The Bluetooth SIG, Inc.For more information: Tom Nordman VP of Sales and Marketing Bluegiga Technologies Tel: +358-40-776-9983 tom.nordman (at) bluegiga.com

SOURCE Bluegiga Technologies
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