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HeartStation picks iBasis to monitor defibrillators

Steve Rogerson
April 7, 2020

HeartStation, an Illinois-based manufacturer of automated external defibrillator (AED) cabinets and accessibility products, has selected Massachusetts-based iBasis’ eSIM for remote monitoring of AEDs to ensure they are fully powered and operational in the event of an emergency.
The selection follows one of the fastest implementations of its IoT products to date, with field trials completed in just five days in late December 2020 and product installed this year.
As the US National Safety Council reports, greater access to AEDs could save 40,000 lives each year in the USA alone, and access to fully powered AEDs by bystanders can increase the odds of survival up to 40% and higher.
The iBasis eSIM enables dynamic monitoring of AEDs via a SIM card installed within the AED cabinet. A signal is regularly monitored during the AED self test, with automatic alerts to dispatch a technician should the device not meet necessary operation.
More than 50,000 HeartStation AED units will be globally remotely monitored via the eSIM. This can enable dynamic routing selection of communications carrier in the cloud to drive the most effective network connectivity to monitor and manage devices remotely worldwide.
“The iBasis eSIM is perfect to further enhance the effectiveness of critical public access defibrillation programmes by enabling remote monitoring of AEDs,” said Keith Hochhalter, president of HeartStation. “This ensures that devices will be fully available in critical circumstances and we are very proud to partner with a company that shares our commitment to delivering life-changing innovation and performance.”
HeartStation was the original company established to bring AEDs into full public use. Its goal was to introduce a system that transferred units hidden from public view to a location readily available to save a life. It accomplishes this by providing a secure, easily identifiable cabinet. It has been designed to be an alerting system to summon additional rescuers to the aid of a victim when the use of the AED is indicated.
“HeartStation has developed unsurpassed capabilities for enhancing access to lifesaving devices,” said Ajay Joseph, CTO of iBasis. “We are extremely pleased to partner with them to deliver the remote monitoring needed to ensure their devices are always powered. We are also very happy with the incredible speed with which the teams have implemented the iBasis eSIM capability. Our work with HeartStation reflects our commitment to enabling companies around the world to rapidly achieve the highest performance in management and monitoring of their products globally.”