Ubisense awarded two projects by SBRI Healthcare to improve processes in NHS Accident and Emergency services (A&E)
Cambridge, UK – 24th May, 2016 – Ubisense Group plc (AIM:UBI), a leader in enterprise location intelligence solutions, has been awarded two projects to adapt its Dimension4 real-time precision tracking technology and SmartSpace software platform into products that significantly reduce the pressures facing Accident and Emergency (A&E) units.
The only business to be awarded two projects in this call by the NHS England funded initiative SBRI Healthcare, Ubisense is now developing solutions to specifically help coordinate admissions in real-time and aid longer-term resource planning.
Ubisense’s technology is already employed by over half of the major global automotive companies to monitor, control and optimize their complex assembly processes in challenging manufacturing environments. Through in-depth research and work with the world-renowned Addenbrooke's Hospital, Ubisense recognized a number of parallels between the ad-hoc, non-linear processes required by modern manufacturing and those employed every day in A&E departments. These new projects will utilize the same proven techniques embodied in the Ubisense “Smart Factory” range of products to generate efficiency and visibility benefits for hospitals.
Paul Webster, VP of manufacturing, said: “We’ve been looking for the right opportunity to utilize our solutions outside the manufacturing industry and there are many areas across the healthcare sector where our technology can deliver real advantages. Working in conjunction with experts from the NHS and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN’s) allows us to explore this in more detail and we’re looking forward to seeing the results of our work.”
With the dramatic global expansion of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) there is an increasing demand for software platforms that can derive intelligence from the movement and interaction of objects and their environment. Ubisense SmartSpace enables organizations to can construct massive real-time virtual environments and monitor and model real world behaviors enhancing existing software solutions.
This work was commissioned and funded by the SBRI Healthcare programme. SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative, championed by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). The views expressed in the publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the SBRI Healthcare programme or its stakeholders.
Part of Innovation Health and Wealth, the SBRI Healthcare programme sets industry the challenge in a series of health related competitions which result in fully funded development contracts between the awarded company and the NHS. Unlike many R&D projects which offer grant or match funding, SBRI contracts are 100 per cent funded and the company retains the IP.
Ubisense (AIM: UBI), a global leader in enterprise location intelligence solutions, helps manufacturing, communications and utility companies improve operational efficiency and boost profitability. Ubisense location intelligence systems bring clarity to complexity, enabling customers to revolutionize their operational effectiveness in a measurable way. Founded in 2002, Ubisense is headquartered in Cambridge, England, with operations in North America, France, Germany and Japan.
About SBRI Healthcare
The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, championed by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), whose role is to promote UK economic growth by spreading innovation and best practice across the NHS. The SBRI Healthcare competitions are launched on a biannual basis and result in fully funded development contracts between the awarded company and NHS England to meet known healthcare need.
Funding for SBRI Healthcare has been secured from NHS England. The programme is directed by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN) on behalf of NHS England and the other regional AHSNs. Health Enterprise East is the management partner and supports the EAHSN to handle the applications, assessments and delivery against contracts.
About Academic Health Science Networks
Academic Health Science Networks, of which there are 15 regionally based, have been recently designated to provide a systematic delivery mechanism for the local NHS, universities, public health and social care to work with industry to transform the identification, adoption and spread of proven innovations and best practice. SBRI Healthcare competition theme areas are chosen in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks across England. The programme management is led by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network on behalf of NHS England.
About Health Enterprise East and Competition
Health Enterprise East Limited (HEE) is the NHS Innovation Hub for the East of England, and assists with accelerating the development and uptake of innovative MedTech products and services that improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
Having pioneered and successfully run the initiative for the East of England since its launch in 2009, HEE now oversees the national SBRI Healthcare programme bringing together businesses, the healthcare industry and the NHS. Information on future competitions can be found on the SBRI Healthcare and the Health Enterprise East website.