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Senior Monitoring System

Options for Senior Monitoring

Seniors today are getting connected,

but that doesn’t always mean they are using a computer or a smartphone. Connected technology is providing options for seniors to use health-monitoring devices that often fade into the background, offering security without demanding attention.

We have seen numerous products in this category coming to market lately.

For example, GrandCare Systems, www.grandcare.com, provides a combination of remote environmental sensors to watch over a loved one. We even have www.medcottage.com, a complete modular home that act as on site care facility.

Sonamba, from pomdevices, www.sonamba.com, is also providing monitoring for seniors. The Sonamba device features a 7-inch touchscreen with built-in motion and sound sensors, plus an emergency button. The device keeps track of the senior’s activity, alerting caregivers if something seems out of place. Sonamba doubles as a digital photo frame when not in active use, allowing the technology to become a natural part of the home décor.

As mentioned in the Connected World article “Meeting the Challenge” [Mar./Apr., ’11, p76], next, pomdevices hopes to build a community of devices around Sonamba, adding compatibility with other types of technology, such as blood pressure monitors. These other devices would report back to the main unit, providing even more data about the senior’s condition. To read more about Sonamba, check out the digital edition of Connected World.

The connectivity for Sonamba is provided by a cellular module from Telit Wireless Solutions, www.telit.com, in the form of the company’s GE865-QUAD M2M module. According to Telit, the GE865-QUAD is optimized for power consumption and can receive over-the-air software updates.

Making sure a health-monitoring device can always connect is important, since it could someday save a life.

“There are over 43 million caregivers in the U.S. that seek the peace of mind of knowing that their loved ones are safe and healthy,” say Ajit Pendse, the CEO of pomdevices. “With the help of Telit’s experience and support throughout the Sonamba development process, we are now able to provide seniors with a well-tested and reliable communication device to extend their ability to live independently.”

Sonamba sends text messages to caregivers about a senior’s daily activity, as well as messages composed by the seniors themselves. The device can also provide seniors with reminders to take medication, plus games and calendar events. All of these features are designed to allow seniors to live independently while also enjoying additional safety and security.

grandCARE featured on Peggy Smedley Radio Show

Peggy Smedley Radio show had the chance to interview the team at CES 2015 and find out the reasoning behind grandCARE’s strategic brand positioning and new “betterCARE” brandmark.

Laura Mitchell, founding member and strategic advisor of GrandCare Systems, discusses the digital health industry and her company’s shift towards patient centered care.

“In order to achieve better outcomes for professional care providers, healthcare systems and the end user, it is critical to have the ultimate client experience. The grandCARE touchscreen is the heart and soul of the system, encouraging engagement and better compliance, ultimately resulting in better health.”


The Peggy Smedley Show, the voice of M2M and connected devices, is broadcast live each Tuesday from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CT on the Connected World Network, owned by Specialty Publishing Co., and a member of the World Syndicated Radio Network (wsRadio). The Peggy Smedley Show is a weekly radio show that helps listeners not only understand connected devices, but also how to make these devices a part of their everyday lives.

GrandCare’s Laura Mitchell Connected World’s 2014 M2M Women of the Year Nominee

Top U.S. Connected Women Lead Connected World Magazine’s 2014 Women of M2M List


Connected World magazine names the 2014 Women of M2M in its Apr/May issue.

Carol Stream, IL (PRWEB) March 18, 2014 –
Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, IBM’s Florence Hudson, Microsoft’s Julie Larson-Green, Ford Motor Co.’s Nancy Gioia, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.’s Peggy Johnson, and IBM’s Sandy Carter lead the blue chip roster that make up the 42 members of this year’s Connected World magazine Women of M2M. The women selected will be honored at an invite-only dinner, sponsored by Synchronoss and Aeris, to be held at Carlucci Restaurant, just outside of Chicago on April 10.

This year’s Women of M2M list is comprised of some of the most powerful women in the technology sector representing many of the largest companies in the world. These women were selected because they each brought a unique lens to their respective companies that has helped push connected technologies forward.

Connected World magazine is unique in its coverage of the rapidly growing space of interconnected technologies. Each of the women on the list has contributed to this, moving their respective company towards a common goal of bridging the gap between people and machines.

“There are few lists that celebrate successful women and only one that recognizes women of the M2M and technology space. Call it the Internet of Things or M2M, our industry and these women have enabled the world of people and machines to collide gracefully,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine and president, Specialty Publishing Co. “I wish to extend my congratulations to each woman named, and am happy to be able to do so during Women’s History Month.”

About Laura Mitchell, VP Business Development, GrandCare Systems

Laura Mitchell, VP Business Development, GrandCare Systems

Laura Mitchell, VP Business Development, GrandCare Systems

Laura is a founding member of GrandCare Systems. A significant part of her initial role was to bring the product to market in 2006 through the development of a nation-wide distribution network. Laura specializes in Social Media and non-traditional, guerilla marketing strategies, furthering GrandCare brand recognition throughout the digital health industry, and has been featured in Forbes for her work.

She travels nationwide, providing educational presentations on digital home health, social media, using t echnology to mitigate hospital readmissions, and go-to-market strategies. Venues include the AARP National Convention, AHIMA, NAHB, Connected Health Symposium, ASA, CEDIA, CEA Industry Forum, and CES. She has also authored various magazine articles on the digital health market and go-to-market strategy.

Laura was a key organizer for the EHX and CEDIA Future Home Pavilion Educational Tracks. In 2008, she created the industry-wide Aging and Technology webinars. She was the recipient of the What’s Next 2011 Boomer Business Innovation Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation and was awarded the 2012 Dealerscope’s “40 Under 40” Award. Laura is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison and lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two boys and two dogs.

The 2014 Women of M2M:

Marylin Arndt, Orange-France Telecom
Cathy Avgiris, Comcast Cable
Karen Baer, AT&T
Saraswathi Balasubramaniam, Aeris Communications
Mary Barra, General Motors Co.
Terra Bastolich, NetComm Wireless
Sanida Bratt, Synchronoss
Terri Bresenham, GE Healthcare India
Stacey Burr, adidas
Sandy Carter, IBM
Tamara Chamberlin, Verizon Networkfleet
Sarah Cooper, M2Mi
Laura Crisp, Verizon Wireless
Pam Ferguson, Rogers Communications
Betsy Francis, AT&T Digital Life
Nancy Gioia, Ford Motor Co.
Kristen Hale, Spireon
Florence Hudson, IBM
Peggy Johnson, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
Chandra Krintz, AppScale Systems
Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft
Peggy Lee, Jazz Wireless Data
Doris Mattingly, Lantronix
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!
Pamela McCauley Bush, University of Central Florida
Desiree Mejia, Location Based Technologies
Linda Mills, Northrop Grumman Corp.
Laura Mitchell, GrandCare Systems
Donna Morrow, AirStrip
Mary Murphy-Hoye, Intel
Michelle Pampin, Cambium Networks
Cathy Peng, Ethertronics
Tiffany Sargent, Intel
Meg Selfe Divitto, IBM
Amy Sheng, CellScope
Patricia Steele, KPN M2M
Jen Stephan, ZoomSystems
Kathy Tan, Intel
Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox Corp.
Pat Watkins, Sprint
Jean Weiss, PeopleNet
Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard

Be sure to pick-up the Apr/May 2014 issue of Connected World magazine to find out more about the Women of M2M, as well as read their individual profiles. The issue is available in print or by downloading the Connected World app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Simply search for Connected World.

About Connected World magazine

Connected World is the business and technology publication that provides the intelligence industry titans need and the guidance consumers crave. It’s all about M2M. http://www.connectedworldmag.com