Toumaz Creates Sensium Module for Wireless Vital Signs Monitoring

Toumaz Technology Limited today announces the first availability of the Sensium(TM) modular system, a new ultra-low power wireless infrastructure for health and lifestyle monitoring applications. The wireless-enabled modules, based on Toumaz’s ultra-low power Zoum(TM) transceiver platform, will be made available to key customers from the end of September 2006. The first demonstration of the new modular system will take place on the Oracle stand at The World of Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland (Geneva Palexpo, 10th-13th October 2006, Oracle stand #315).

The ultra small size body-worn module can be attached to the body with a sticking plaster to enable non-intrusive, continuous monitoring and analysis of the mobile individual’s ECG, temperature, and at least one other vital sign such as respiration or activity level. The wearable sensor module incorporates Toumaz’s ultra low power Zoum RF transceiver to create a wireless data link and transmit personal readings on to a Zoum-enabled SD card or USB module. The SD card plugs into any standard PDA or cellphone running Windows Mobile 5, allowing the ECG, temperature and other vital sign data to be received, processed and displayed via Toumaz’s ECGSoft application software. A sophisticated, real-time arrhythmia detection algorithm continuously analyses the incoming data to provide an intelligent ECG monitoring capability.

Due to the ultra low power Zoum transceiver, incorporating both RF and baseband functionality such as framing, error correction and link protocol, the body-worn Sensium module is able to be manufactured in a small, non-intrusive form factor that can use a small, low cost zinc-air battery to provide multi-function continuous monitoring for an average of five days.

“The Sensium module is delivering the wireless infrastructure for a new wave of personalised care applications, and is now set to enable a real revolution in areas such as continuous vital sign monitoring,” commented Toumaz COO, Keith Errey. “By integrating with standard mobile devices such PDAs and cellphones, the Sensium is defining new possibilities for low cost, disposable monitoring solutions for a whole range of healthcare applications, including ‘at risk’, post-operative and home monitoring.”

The ‘digital plaster’ concept pioneered by Toumaz has attracted significant interest within the healthcare market. Toumaz Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Professor Chris Toumazou, will be delivering an e-Session on “Pervasive Monitoring Technologies for Personalised Healthcare” at The World of Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Geneva. The presentation will be available to delegates throughout the conference.

About Toumaz Technology
Toumaz Technology Limited is a developer of advanced RF, analogue and mixed signal semiconductors. The focus of the business is low power devices based on the company’s proprietary AMx(TM) (Advanced Mixed Signal) technology which addresses the needs of lower power consumption for mobile and wirelessly connected systems.