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Latest UpdatesRadar-based non-wearable eldercare device developer Tellus You Care establishes a Japanese subsidiary in Tokyo
Jun 15, 2020
Founded in San Francisco in 2017, Tellus You Care, Inc. applies the latest radar technology used in autonomous vehicles to remotely monitor the elderly by linking data to a cloud for AI analytics. The system uses only radar and does not record any video or audio. Without contact, it can collect information on the user's indoor activities (sleeping, walking, turning over, falling, etc.) and vitals (heartbeat and breathing) while protecting his privacy. The information collected is analyzed in a cloud and can be used for health care, nursing and medical assistance. It enables monitoring during sleep, an area that has been particularly difficult for caregivers to cover.
While data collection and analysis of data can address many issues in eldercare settings by improving efficiency without burdening care workers, wearables and video cameras solutions are often difficult to implement due to data accuracy, data continuity, and protection of privacy. The company's behavioral detection devices are compact, can be installed indoors, and can be used simply by plugging them into an electrical outlet, so one device can be installed in each room of a typical Japanese home and the information gathered can be shared with family members or other caregivers. In addition to making remote health management easier, the data collected by the radar is highly accurate. It can be seen as a solution that reduces the psychological and physical burden on both the elderly and the caregivers.
In 2019, NTT DOCOMO and Kobe City have been moving forward with projects aimed at commercializing the system in Japan, including demonstrations at municipal housing and community facilities in Kobe. In February 2020, the company established Tellus You Care Godo Kaisha in Tokyo in order to expand its business by deepening cooperation with nursing care businesses and real estate development companies. With the spread of the novel coronavirus, there is a growing expectation for technology to assist in providing care to the elderly in nursing homes and at home while reducing personal contacts.
Upon establishing Tellus You Care’s Japanese subsidiary, the IBSC provided information (market), consultation (tax), PR support, service providers introductions (lawyers and tax accountants), and business matching services.