Ekso Bionics Robotic Exoskeletons Improve Patient Mobility
Ekso Bionics products unlock human strength, endurance, and mobility potential, with broad applications across medical and industrial markets. One of their products is the robotic exoskeleton. This is a ready to wear, battery-powered robot that is strapped over the users’ clothing, enabling individuals to achieve mobility, strength, or endurance not otherwise possible. In 2016, Ekso Bionics received the first FDA clearance exoskeleton for use with stroke and spinal cord injury levels to C7.
VodafoneVodafone is a British multinational telecommunications company, has its headquarters in London and with its registered office in Newbury, Berkshire.Among mobile operator groups globally, Vodafone ranked fifth by revenue and second (behind China Mobile) in the number of connections (435.9 million) as of 2014.
Equipment & Machinery
Ekso Bionics® (EKSO) is a worldwide pioneer in the field of robotic exoskeletons. For over 10 years they have been committed to developing the latest technology and engineering to help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable.
- CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
Vodafone IoT will be connecting the world’s first exoskeleton that is FDA cleared for use with both stroke patients and spinal cord injuries, the Ekso GT™. Vodafone’s IoT managed connectivity service will ensure reliable communication globally for diagnostics and improved access to patient data, helping to improve the user experience with the suit.
- DATA COLLECTED
Battery Charge Level, Connectivity Status, Medical Diagnostic Instruments, Movement
- SOLUTION TYPE
- SOLUTION MATURITY
Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
The Ekso GT can provide adaptive amounts of power to either side of the patient’s body, helping to improve results for patients. The suit allows physical therapists to mobilise patients earlier, more frequently and with a greater number of high intensity steps, all of which will aid recovery.
Impact #2 [Management Effectiveness - Real Time Information]
With Vodafone IoT technology, exoskeletons are performing in real time, providing therapists with data on how the patients’ rehabilitation is progressing.
Impact #3 [Efficiency Improvement - Deployment]
Vodafone’s managed connectivity service means Ekso Bionics can expand globally easily, cost effectively and without dealing with multiple suppliers.
- QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
- USE CASES
Process Control & Optimization (PCO)Process Control and Optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints.The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations.Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance:- Equipment optimizationThe first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks.- Operating proceduresOperating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual.- Control optimizationIn a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.