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By Karl Gibbs
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About

The Acticheck Assure is a easy to use and wear smart band (worn on your wrist) that continuously monitors you well being through multiple sensors, so if something should happen whilst you are wearing it e.g. a fall or tumble the band will alert and connect with your chosen family, friends or neighbours, so you can get help, fast.  Similarly you can raise an alert yourself by simply squeezing the band. 

With ground-breaking 2 year battery life, waterproof properties  you can be confident the Assure is always with you, giving you peace of mind no matter if you are at home, out cycling, lone working or walking home at night.

In short this revolutionary product has the potential to save your life.

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KEY FEATURES 

HOW IT WORKS

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MONITORING

All of your (assuming you are the wearer!) details including any alerts, recent temperature and movement information and location can be checked at any time via a secure, yet simple to use, web based ‘dashboard’.

My Acticheck Dashboard
My Acticheck Dashboard

The dashboard also provides the means for you, or an approved administrator, to manage two important sets of information. For you, this could include medical details, how to access the house, and who else other than your responders needs to be informed. For responders, this includes contact details, when they are available, and whether they can see all of your details.

All personal data is kept secure and protected by the latest 128bit encryption technology. Such strong encryption uses 288 times as many combinations as 40-bit encryption. That's over a trillion times stronger – so you can feel assured that your personal information is safe as you want it to be.

SEE IT WORKING IN REAL WORLD DEMO

So here’s the real life proof of the Assure working.......it is a little rough and ready 8 min demo shot in one take , so that you can see it see and understand the full working product

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Where did this idea come from?
Karl, Acticheck’s founder, was asked by his mother whether there was a service that could phone her once a day to “check you are OK?” So,Karl began to research a solution. There were services available to do this, but they were not designed around the needs of busy people who might be out, working irregular hours or just walking the dog. Alerts would be raised simply because the person was out of earshot of the phone – not useful for anyone keen to retain their independence.None of the existing products on the market were suitable for Karl’s mother (too expensive, too specialised, or just unattractive), or indeed the many millions who feel occasionally vulnerable but still lead busy lives. There was nothing available that could continuously checks wellbeing, unobtrusively, 24 hours a day, and that could summon help wherever and whenever needed.

SUPPORT AND FUNDING

We are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of their Med-Tech Low Carbon initiative. We have also had support from Innovate UK which invited us to exhibit at the Innovate UK 2014 exhibition organised by the UK Trade & Investment arm of the UK Government. Members of The Knowledge Transfer Network have also given us invaluable guidance on bringing the Assure to market.

The remainder of our funding comes from two seasoned business investors who continue to give their unwavering support. 

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR 

MARKET RESEARCH

During the Assure’s development we spent a lot of time thinking about and researching our market to find what exists and what exactly the users of a personal alert system lack from their current options. Here’s a summary of that research…

TIMELINE

COVERED IN

We’ve already received coverage and support from the following publications:

THE TEAM

THE NEXT STEPS

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We are excited that the Assure is now ready for home use. We are able to provide support and reassurance for those who would appreciate and benefit from it in the home. However, our goal is to ensure constant reassurance wherever the wearer may be. So when you are away from home, you know that the Assure will continue to connect you to those who care about your wellbeing, alerting them if necessary as to how and where you are.

To allow this global coverage we need to connect the band to our database via a smartphone. To enable this communication we need a developer to produce an app for us. Due to the communication technologies we have developed this is more complex than you would imagine, and there isn’t an ‘off the shelf’ solution we can use. We would really like to be able to use the full functionality of the phone to allow pin point location information, access the speakerphone, manage the wearer’s responders list and so on.

That’s where you come in.

We are working to a very tight budget and we don’t have the resources to fund this development. As it stands we can only begin to fund this when the home-based units are on sale.  That means a potential delay of many months of not providing, what we feel is a complete solution for continuous reassurance. As yet there is no other product on the market that provides this constant reassurance and we would love to be able to make a real difference to people’s lives. We want to let people celebrate their independence, completely.

If we raise £25,000 we will be able to start this now and have it ready for our launch in the summer. If we raise more it will help us to develop the cellular version of the base station so the benefits of the Assure can be shared with those who don’t have internet access.

We hope you will help us to really make a difference.

Risks and challenges

Currently we are field-testing the Assure and making tools for our first production run for a summer delivery. We have all the funding in place for this.

There are a number of questions we are still discussing – for instance what are the best materials for the band? How soft or hard should this be? What’s the most secure but comfortable way to secure the band? How sensitive should the fall detection be? Our engineers are also range testing the band's coverage within a home environment to find an acceptable range for the band to work.

These questions will be answered through the expertise of the team and the network we have built up since the inception of the project. However there is always the element of “we don’t know what we don't know” as Donald Rumsfeld now infamously quoted!

We will be gaining CE approval for Europe and South Africa and will be working towards approval for sale in the US and Canada. After this we will investigate other markets such as India, China, Russia and South America

Within any product's development there are always risks and unknowns, particularly when you are developing it. Although the core technology our engineers are working with (while relatively new) is tried and tested, it is the application of the technology, and a sprinkle of magic, that allows us to create the end-to-end solution that is the Assure.

If something does trip us up, leaves us scratching our heads or delays us you’ll be the first to know.

We see Kickstarter as a collaboration to allow Acticheck to bring a positive change to people's lives, and we'd like your help to achieve this.

Risks and challenges

Currently we are field-testing the Assure and making tools for our first production run for a summer delivery. We have all the funding in place for this.

There are a number of questions we are still discussing – for instance what are the best materials for the band? How soft or hard should this be? What’s the most secure but comfortable way to secure the band? How sensitive should the fall detection be? Our engineers are also range testing the band's coverage within a home environment to find an acceptable range for the band to work.

These questions will be answered through the expertise of the team and the network we have built up since the inception of the project. However there is always the element of “we don’t know what we don't know” as Donald Rumsfeld now infamously quoted!

We will be gaining CE approval for Europe and South Africa and will be working towards approval for sale in the US and Canada. After this we will investigate other markets such as India, China, Russia and South America

Within any product's development there are always risks and unknowns, particularly when you are developing it. Although the core technology our engineers are working with (while relatively new) is tried and tested, it is the application of the technology, and a sprinkle of magic, that allows us to create the end-to-end solution that is the Assure.

If something does trip us up, leaves us scratching our heads or delays us you’ll be the first to know.

We see Kickstarter as a collaboration to allow Acticheck to bring a positive change to people's lives, and we'd like your help to achieve this.

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    Exciting Acticheck active experience day to put your Acticheck band through its paces – choose from a range of options

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    Acticheck personalised ‘Family Pack’ (4 x Acticheck bands & 4 x base stations featuring your choice of names for each), gift wrapped, hand written thank you card and video message delivered to anywhere in the European Union

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    One of the first 10 Acticheck prototype bands and base stations in production

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    1 available – one-off framed technical drawings from the early stages of Acticheck’s development, plus early model and a day trip to Acticheck HQ for a behind the scenes tour.

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