Innovation project supports Lifeline for community medical emergencies

23 September 2015

Innovation project supports Lifeline for community medical emergencies

Lifeline Applications is working with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to develop the start-up company’s first product – a panic button and mobile application that allows first-aiders to provide assistance at medical emergencies.

Lifeline Applications aims to connect networks of first-aiders and vulnerable individuals, empowering communities to save lives and fostering independence in our most at-risk members of society.

When a patient activates their Lifeline panic button, a distress signal will be communicated with their location to the emergency services, selected contacts, and any registered first-aiders within the vicinity.

The panic button is designed to be in a discreet form, for example a key ring, a belt clip, or a bracelet or neck pendant. The mobile application is intended to broadcast the location of the patient, using internet-enabled mapping and location services.

Director of Lifeline Applications Ross Henderson said: “By ‘crowdsourcing’ community care and ensuring the patient receives rapid medical attention, survival rates in urban areas will significantly improve. We are currently working in partnership with GCU to build a functioning prototype of our Lifeline panic button. We are excited at the direction the project is taking.”

The project is being led at GCU by Peter Barrie from the School of Engineering and Built Environment, which has research expertise in microelectronics design, embedded and real-time systems, mobile and pervasive systems development, software engineering, cloud computing, service-oriented-architectures, networking and communications.

The project to create a usable panic button prototype, suitable for functional product testing, is being funded through an Innovation Voucher from the Scottish Funding Council.

Lifeline Applications is based at Strathclyde Enterprise Hub, supported by the Rising Star programme. 

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