Hugo Silva and Margarida Reis, researchers from the Pattern and Image Analysis group of IT in Lisbon, have developed a prototype called CloudBIT, a plug & play device that allows sending BITalino biosignals directly to a cloud (RepoVizz) using only a Wi-Fi connection.
Existing wearable and portable cardiac sensing systems, that inspect both the heart´s electrical (ElectroCardioGram - ECG) and mechanical (PhonoCardioGram - PCG, UltraSound - US) condition, require a base station (a computer or a smartphone) to record the data or to mediate the communication between the devices and the cloud. On the other hand, existing connected devices either have prohibitive costs, offer limited functionality or are difficult to use.
This cloud-based “off-the-person” cardiac signal acquisition and storage tool is one of the key ideas of SmartHeart, a IT internal project that joins three of IT research groups, which have independently created technology and accumulated knowledge in the field of cardiac sensing and signal processing. This project builds upon original work partially developed by the team in the field of cardiac sensing and signal processing within projects such as “DigiScope”, “HeartSafe”, “ICT for Future Health”, “HeartBIT” and “BITalino” (http://bitalino.com).
Between 23-24 October, at ISCTE-IUL, IT is promoting the Visions for Future Communications Summit, an event that aims to answer the question “5G is here. What comes next?”. The goal is to bring together the visions of thought leaders from research, industry and governments about the potential strategies to face the future of communication networks in the new world, triggered by the current development of 5th generation networks communications. New systems, transmission, control, security and services, will be some of the topics under analysis in an attempt to project what is beyond 2025.
This summit will have several panels, where an unprecedented core of specialists - industry, academic and regulatory agents – will be presenting and debating ideas, concepts and challenges associated with this visionary concept. Henning Schulzrinne, ex-CTO of the Federal Communications Commision (regulatory organ for telecommunications in the USA), Ian F. Akyildiz – founder of the fields of nanocomputation and nanocommunications – and Edward Knightly, whose works in the field of wireless were used by the White House, are just a few examples of the internationally recognized high profile personalities attending this event.
The Vissions for Future Communications Summit is co-organized by IT, ISCTE-IUL and the University of Aveiro, with the support of international institutions like the IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the 5G Public Private Partnership (a society with the biggest players in the telecommunications´ world) or the Networld2020 (a society of European institutions interested in the telecommunications).
Finally, the results of these debates will be developed and compiled into a document that, in addition to being available for the public, will help the European Commission and the NSF to outline future communication strategies.