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Ericsson and Brighter launch IoT diabetes monitor at Gitex

Steve Rogerson
October 15, 2019



Ericsson and its partner Brighter, a Swedish health-tech company focused on improving chronic disease management, introduced Actiste, a complete IoT-based product for monitoring and treating insulin-dependent diabetes, last week at the Gitex trade show in Dubai.
 
Brighter says it is ready to deliver Actiste diabetes management as a service in the UAE and the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with cross-border mobile connectivity to be provided by communication service providers.
 
Actiste brings together all required functions into a single connected device – blood sampling, blood glucose measurement and insulin injection. The device is delivered as part of a subscription service, designed to simplify patient’s everyday life and optimise and improve treatments.
 
The total number of people living with diabetes in the UAE is 1.2 million, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), of which approximately 480,000 are insulin-dependent and could benefit from Brighter’s Actiste service.
 
“By partnering with Ericsson, we are able to offer a truly seamless customer experience,” said Henrik Norström (pictured left cutting the ribbon with Charlotte Skånstad-Shand from Ericsson), CEO of Brighter. “No matter where in the world patients decide to go, their generated health and treatment data will always be securely stored and available to improve their treatments.”
 
The cellular-enabled Actiste devices are managed by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator and securely connected by communications service providers to deliver a consistent level of service and a single dashboard. This provides Brighter with a unified view regardless of where those devices are deployed in the world.
 
“This is an important milestone for how connectivity can transform people’s lives for the better,” said Fadi Pharaon, president of Ericsson in the Middle East and Africa. “Our global partnership with Brighter has now reached a stage of real deliveries to the market, utilising the global connectivity service based on our IoT Accelerator. The result is an enhanced healthcare industry in the UAE and wider GCC, and an improved quality of life for diabetes patients.”
 
Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator is used by 35 telecom service providers worldwide to provide managed connectivity services to over 4500 enterprises in more than 100 countries. It enables enterprises to manage IoT devices easily and cost-effectively on a national, regional or global scale with full control throughout the entire IoT device lifecycle.