Date: 15 - 17.10.2015
Time: 09.00 A.M to 6.00 P.M
Venue: MCA Lab and MCA Conference Hall
Analysts estimate that 50 billion devices will get connected to the Internet by 2020. In this exploding Internet of Things (IoT), cloud services and entities connect using the Internet to enable new use cases and new business models across multiple markets and applications. This seemed to be the apt and precise moment to hold an event like 'MEDICAL IoT Workshop'.
The event organized by the IEEE Bangalore chapter and EMBS Bangalore, hosted by Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore was scheduled for two days, 16th and 17th of October, 2015. The event had a pre-workshop session on 15th of October, by the MediaTek, giving hands-on training with LinkIt kit. The workshop helped the participants to get a better idea on the IoT devices, how they look and what they exactly. Till the time, all had just heard about the hype. But the introductory presentation helped to clear a lot of cloud around the topic. The session was divided into two halves: Pre-noon, and after-noon session.
Participants were eager and enthusiastic about the pre-workshop session, as they had a great time exploring the possibilities of IoT, with real-time working devices, built by themselves using the MediaTek LinkIt kit and Starter Kit.
The two-day medical IoT workshop was officially inaugurated on the pleasant morning of 16th October, 2015. The dignitaries of the formal inaugural function included the Director IEEE, India operations, Mr. Harish Mysore, Mr. Bill Ash, IEEE Standards Association, Fr. Josekutty PD, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, Fr. Augustine George, Vice-Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, Prof. R. Kumar, Head, Department of Computer Science PG. The function was also attended by over 140 participants from 30 different institutions and industry. Prof. R. Kumar welcomed the gathering and wished the participants all the very best for the two-day Medical IoT Workshop. Followed by the welcome address, dignitaries lighted the lamp, and inaugurated the workshop. Mr. Harish Mysore, chief-guest of the inaugural function in his inaugural address gave insights to the endless possibilities of IoT devices and also briefed about the IEEE’s India operations. Fr. Josekutty PD, in his address, visualized what IoT meant to people out of the industry, and how they look up to this technology to open up new horizons for a better and safer future. A wonderful brief talk was made by Mr. Bill Ash on the importance of standards and the current progress in the work that he is being a part of on standardizing the IoT framework P2413. Mr. Munir Muhammed proposed the vote of thanks, and thus the inaugural function came to an end.
Remote Homecare E-Clinic
- Somshekhar & Ram Kumar, L & T Technologies
The first session of the day one, was a thriller. Many concepts about the IoT were discussed in brief and this gave a better clarity to the discussions that followed. Mr. Ram Kumar gave a brief intro about the L & T Technologies divisions and how deep they are into the IoT Space. Mr. Ram was very clear on how important this piece of technology could be in the future especially in the Medical Sphere. Concepts about the life cycle of IoT transmission from FIRST MILE to the LAST MILE was discussed in deep with ample interaction with the crowd. He also gave a glimpse into L & T’s IoT frame work UBIQWIESE. Mr. Somshekhar gave a live demo to the participants where, his vitals were sent to the cloud using an IoT device. The device monitored his SPO2 levels heart-rate and BP. Graphical visuals could be seen on the cloud. He used a device called as NONIN with the L & T cloud solution to do this demonstration. Mr. Ram also answered a question raised by one of the participants about the security and accountability of these IoT devices by saying that, “The Benefits of IoT are far outreaching the constraints and they are working on rectifying the shortcomings.”
Building healthcare solutions using Android Devices
- Khasim Syed Mohammed & Satish Patel, Linaro
The second session of the day, weighed more on the practical side of things. Mr. Khasim and Mr. Satish from Linaro, introduced the whole IoT topic in terms of how Android devices can be the point of contact and act as sensors. According to Mr. Khasim, android smart phones are there everywhere and everyone could now afford one, so why not use them, and why not tap the better out of these mini-super computers in our hands. He also spoke about how Google’s Project ARA will boost these proceedings further to greater speeds.
Even though Mr. Khasim talked about the theoretical side of things, the session became more active as Mr. Satish took over the session, to showcase a live demo, and teach how to do it, then and there. Mr. Satish Patel, who is currently working on modifying the android OS, specifically for Project ARA, was the apt personality to take this session. He gave 2 live demos one using IBM’s Blue Mix Cloud and another using SAMSUNG’s SAMI service. He elaborately explained the second demo and every step in setting up one’s android device to an IoT device and send data to the cloud using SAMI service.
Possibilities after Connectivity
- Nitin Mallya, GEHC
Third and final session of the day was about, what can be done after connectivity or in other words, what are the possibilities of IoT. According to Mr. Nitin, the answer was very simple, “INFINITE”. The possibilities are endless ranging from personal health monitors to intelligent machinery and much more. He spoke about his learning from the industry that he has experienced during his career. He emphasized on the fact how important data acquisition is and how much more important it is to make good insights from these acquired data.
Shaping Medical IoT through Standards Development
- Bill Ash, IEEE Standards Association
Mr. Bill Ash started the proceedings of day two with an interesting topic about standards. Being associated with this field for a long time, he was able to give a comprehensive view on the subject. Also, he investigated deeper into how standards helped technology to grow and penetrate the lives of millions people effectively. Mr. Ash also gave an overview into IEEE efforts to make standard for IoT framework namely P2413. Mr. Ash also gave an idea about how standards are built, and why standards are important, not only in IoT Framework, but in every field related with technology.
Wireless Connectivity for IoT in Healthcare
- N Venkatesh, Redpine Signals
An Electrical Engineer from IIT, Madras, talking about wireless connectivity, the workshop couldn’t get any better. Without connectivity and internet there is no IoT. Mr. Venkatesh explained about various options that an IoT device has to connect with the internet. Including Wired and Wireless, Mr. Venkatesh gave an overview of the technologies that are available today for connectivity. He also mentioned about why standards play a major role in connectivity. He briefly stressed on choice of spectrum for data transfer, and the preference of options. Mr. Venkatesh also mentioned about Redpine Signal’s own IoT platform known as `WyzBee`, which can be used for prototyping IoT projects.
Enhancing Connected Hospital Experience with Smart & Secure Medical IoT Structure
- Ravishankar Subbarao, Avaya
Mr. Ravishankar Subbarao, gave a brief explanation about, the IoT in Medical sector. He almost drew a real-life picture of the various products that are current used in Medical sector, as well as how important it is to have a smart and secure connectivity for IoT. He also explained about the role of Avaya in helping to develop the Medical IoT space.
Energy Harvesting Technologies for Point of Care Medical Devices was presented
- Mr. Prabhakar T.V. (IISc).
The second last session on Energy Harvesting Technologies for Point of Care Medical Devices was presented by Mr. Prabhakar T.V (IISc). The session continued for an hour and topics such as how to use devices without batteries were explained. The concepts were explained effectively using various demos such as Litting up an LED by using NFC.
- Ms.Parama Pal (RBCCPS)
Later the session was taken over by Ms. Parama Pal (RBCCPS) on Healthcare Innovations. The session was more concentrated on advancing IoT innovations in the field of Healthcare. During the session mam has demonstrated few concepts which are recently introduced in to the field of health care like AMBULETS, HAND WASH ALERT etc. Ambulets is a concept which helps doctors to diagnose a patient who is transported in an Ambulance without having his/her physical presence so that each patient can be treated within the golden hour.
The Medical IoT Workshop ended with Networking Session with participants. The participants expressed their happiness in the conduct of the workshop as it was a real learning experience during both the days. The workshop ended with a formal vote of thanks by Mr. Nithin Koshy, Student Chair, IEEE Student Branch.