Monitoring Systems

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Driver Monitoring Systems - Companies

Ten companies that are producing driver monitoring systems for cars, trucks, airplanes, ships, rail, etc. and have revenues less than $10 billion are Jungo Connectivity, ORBCOMM, Seeing Machines, Smart Eye, FotoNation, Nauto, Optalert, SmartDrive, GreenRoad, and Omnitracs. My methodology and a brief overview of each company follows.

Methodology

To find smaller medium and small companies producing driver monitoring systems, I first searched for precompiled information, which I found on VentureRadar's "Top Driver Monitoring Systems Companies" and EE Times' "12 In-Car Devices to Watch Drivers" articles. This produced eight of the companies on the list. For the remaining two, I used Owler to identify two driver monitor system competitors with less than $10 billion. In addition, I used Owler to verify that all companies have revenues of under $10 billion.

I attempted to identify companies that offer driver monitoring systems for a variety of transportation types; however, after extensive research, I was only able to find one company that mentions that it has products for vehicles other than automobiles. I assume this is because the smaller companies are focused on cars and trucks, while larger companies have the ability to develop products for other types of transportation vehicles.

Please note that in line with the instructions, much of the company descriptions are quoted directly from the company websites to ensure you have an accurate idea of each company's capabilities.

Jungo connectivity

Revenue: $1.8 million

Overview: This company developed "Co-Driver," that "helps automakers create safer cars today, and transition into autonomous vehicles of tomorrow." In particular, the monitoring system allows companies to "to collect real time events from drivers, including distraction, drowsiness, phone use, mirror checking, gaze direction, head bobbing, falling asleep, and much more." It is "available as embedded software and mobile application, enabling easy integration to existing fleets management technologies."

Orbcomm

Revenue: $254.2 million

Overview: "ORBCOMM technology is squarely focused on the driver, and offers the only real-time fleet safety solution that detects unsafe driver behavior and offers verbal coaching before a crash or fineable offense occurs." Features include "in-cab verbal coaching," "Speed-by-Street," seat belt use alerts, "crash and rollover detection," emergency call and panic button, "signal jamming detection," "automated exception alerts," "driver/vehicle inspection reports," driver/fleet scoring, "work alone timer," and "vehicle inspection alerts."

Seeing machines

Revenue: $13.6 million

Overview: Seeing Machines' "FOVIO" system "is a pioneer in the emerging market segment of Driver Monitoring Systems and works with some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers." It is already being used in 10 production vehicle models and "accurately measures eye and head position, driver attention, fatigue, and distraction by coupling sophisticated image processing with comprehensive scientific models of driver behavior and physiology." It also will provide "an understanding of the driver’s state in real-time, enabling the car’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to make instant decisions based on a situational understanding of what’s happening both outside and inside the vehicle."

Seeing Machines' aviation monitoring solution "provides insights into pilot performance, from simulation-based training and assessment, to understanding pilot scanning behaviour during critical stages of flight — for both pilot flying, and pilot monitoring."

Smart eye

Revenue: $7 million

Overview: Smart Eye has developed two products for driver monitoring. The first is called AntiSleep and it is "designed for real-time analysis of the driver’s eye and head movements in the real world. As a proven, stable and precise solution, it provides great accuracy and a large visual field even when using a single camera. The software instantly identifies and tracks the driver, focusing on three key factors for assessing driver alertness: gaze direction, eyelid closure and head position and orientation. Using 3D mapping, the intelligent algorithm outputs actionable data in real time."

The second product is called Blackbird, a compact camera system that was "designed for the automotive industry." This product creates "an ideal environment for tracking and measuring human eye and head movements, regardless of actual light conditions"

FotoNation

Revenue: $30 million

Overview: FotoNation DMS is an "in cabin system that monitors driver attention and alerts driver to return focus back to the road when diverted based on face detection, head position, eye-opening levels, head orientation, eye position, drowsiness/fatigue detection, eye gaze, and vital signs monitoring." According to the website, "these technologies enable state-of-the-art attentiveness assessment, fatigue detection, driver drowsiness as well as in-cabin security and customization options, based on driver identity."

Nauto

Revenue: Less than $1 million

Overview: Nauto's "multi-sensor device detects collisions, monitors risky maneuvering, and tracks driver behavior in real-time." Videos of "especially dangerous incidents are auto uploaded" to a remote dashboard. These incidents include driver distraction, tailgating, and risky maneuvering. Its bi-directional camera provides "clear video of vehicle’s cabin and the road ahead" and its "contextual event analysis evaluates driver performance by using computer vision to analyze and understand real safety risks."

Optalert

Revenue: $5.6 million

Overview: Optalert's technology is "able to accurately and objectively measure a person’s level of drowsiness, in-car video cameras." It "concentrates on the driver, not just their behavior, and importantly it can detect when a person is more at risk of becoming a drowsy driver, rather than wake a person who has fallen asleep" and it is "based on key measurements which track the amplitude velocity ratio of blinks; essentially measuring how fast and how far a person opens their eyelid after they close it. These continuous measurements are then translated into a score between zero and 10 on their patented Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS™)."

Smartdrive

Revenue: $5.3 million

Overview: The SmartChoice system by SmartDrive eliminates "the riskiest driving that leads to collisions and drives up costs with a video-based safety program that is as powerful as it is easy-to-use." It provides "analyzed event video, immediate offload, and web-based and mobile-capable workflow." It captures, "distracted and drowsy driving, aggressive speeding, u-turns and more," offers "360 degree video insight," and allows for easy measurement of results through its "KPIs, analytics, and benchmarking." Other products include SmartDrive Extended Recording, SmartDrive Tracking, and SmartDrive SmartIQ®.

Greenroad

Revenue: $20 million

Overview: GreenRoad's Fleet Safety system "helps organizations with mobile workforces gamify driving to keep their fleet drivers and fleet vehicles safer through every mile of every trip." Specifically, it provides "objective in-vehicle feedback," safety scores, gamification, in-vehicle video, safety hot spots, an easy-to-read dashboard, and instant driving tips. Its monitoring software "analyzes and translates risky driving events into a simple metric for each driver and the entire fleet."

Omnitracs

Revenue: $115 million

Overview: Omnitracs' "Roadnet Telematics Software" gives "operators the actionable answers needed to keep drivers safe, lower fuel consumption, and reduce maintenance costs." The company's "Critical Event Reporting (CER) and Black Box Event Recording, help reduce the number of safety-related incidents by enabling fleets to identify, analyze, and correct unsafe driving behaviors." In particular "The CER application monitors vehicles for significant safety-related occurrences and provides immediate notification of critical events to help monitor driver behavior and improve fleet operations." It also "proactively identifies unsafe driving behaviors to help prevent accidents before they happen."

Conclusion

Of the 10 companies that are producing driver monitoring systems profiled here, only Seeing Machines specifically mentions products for any vehicle other than automobiles. The company with the highest revenue is ORBCOMM with $254.2 million and the one with the lowest revenue is Nauto with less than $1 million.
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Health Monitors - Companies

Our research team was successful In identifying 9 small to medium-size companies that provide patient health monitoring gadgets, apps, services, or systems. We searched pre-existing publicly shared sources to locate concise descriptions of these companies for you. Sources included company websites (especially the "About" sections), recognized and reputable news media companies, consumer information magazines, and trade publications from the health technology industry. The 9 companies are as follows: HoneyCo, Mobile Help, Biotronik, BlipCare, LOK8U, A&D Medical, Assured Living, iRhythm Technologies, and Cardiac Insight, Inc. I will provide a more detailed description of each company below.

HONEY CO

Nashville-based HoneyCo offers real-time in-home monitoring services for patients that offer vital sign data that can be looked at by the patient him/herself or by the patient's caregiver aide or family members. The two main offerings are the HoneyCo Check and the HoneyCo Connect. According to HoneyCo's website, it is their mission "to improve the level of care and safety of aging adults. We do this by designing easy-to-use technology. Specifically for the elder care industry and families of older adults." At present, HoneyCo's services are available only in the Nashville, TN, metro.

MOBILE HELP

Florida-based MobileHelp describes itself as America's leading provider of M-PERS technology. The company's MobileHelp Classic basic system is a comprehensive in-home medical alert system using cellular technology to connect patients in all US 50 states with a 24/7 centralized emergency response center. Other products include DUO, the first fully integrated medical alert system with GSM/GPS technology, and SOLO, an innovative alert solution for people without home telephone lines.

BIOTRONIK

BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® is a user-friendly remote cardiac monitoring system. The system collects data from the patient’s device every night, typically while the patient sleeps. This data allows physicians to review the patient's cardiac function. The system can also detect and alert physicians to relevant changes in the patient's health and or changes to the device status. The BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring system is the only remote monitoring system to be FDA-approved for early detection and as a replacement for device interrogation during clinical office follow ups.

BLIPCARE

Blipcare is another remote monitoring system whereby patients use system-specific devices, such as a wireless digital weight scale and a wireless blood pressure cuff monitor, to collect and send data upstream to the Blipcare digital portal. Blipcare's Blip BP is the first wireless blood pressure monitor approved by the FDA. Readings are automatically uploaded via home WiFi connection to Blipcare's servers. After testing themselves with these devices, patients can access their own test results by entering their unique login information into Blipcare's portal which can be found online or by using an app designed for mobile handheld digital devices such as tablets and smartphones.

LOK8U

The company states that it provides the most reliable locator tech service in today's market. Their LOK8U Freedom watch device monitors and identifies the location of patients whether at home or outside of their home continually day and night and alerts when a patient strays beyond customized physical boundaries. The service is especially useful to families caring for an elderly patient with Alzheimer's, or other dementias, who tend to wander. The system's portal can be accessed via home desktop computer or mobile digital device such as a tablet or smartphone. LOK8U is based in the state of Minnesota, USA.

A&D MEDICAL

A&D Medical's product is a single personal health monitoring app called WellnessConnected. It can be used with a variety of technical devices such as blood pressure monitors, weight scales, the Lifetrak wristband activity tracker, and a variety of mobile digital devices such as smartphones. This system "combines the company’s new Bluetooth Smart-enabled health monitoring devices, A&D Connect mobile app, and cloud-based personal account, to give individuals and organizations the tools to track progress toward healthy living goals." In addition, "all devices easily connect to Bluetooth-Smart enabled iOS and Android mobile devices, and the suite of products provide diagnostic readings such as blood pressure, weight, BMI, steps taken and calories burned.

ASSURED LIVING

The Assured Living company offers a system of home monitors to track the movements of at-home elderly patients. In addition, front and back doors can be locked remotely and room temperatures can be gauged remotely through thermostat readings and changed up or down. Their system also includes a wearable push button device for the patients so they can send out an emergency alert in the event of a fall or similar potentially life-threatening accident. The service bills monthly via subscription agreements.

iRHYTHEM TECHNOLOGIES, inc.

iRhythm Technologies offers biosensing technologies to help medical clinical professionals achieve better evaluations and diagnoses of patient cardiac arrhythmias. Their system involves wearable devices for patients whether at home or outside of the home that capture and send up vital medical data to a cloud-based receiver. Clinical physicians and other key medical personnel can then access this uploaded patient data from their office computers. "Our goal is to be the leading provider of first-line ambulatory electrocardiogram, or ECG, monitoring for patients at risk for arrhythmias." Their Zio system offers a cost-effective, high diagnostic yield, first-line monitoring solution. iRhythm Technologies is based in San Francisco, California in the USA.

CARDIAC INSIGHT

Cardiac Insight's Cardea SOLOsystem is also designed for more efficient and affordable measurement-taking and reporting of patients' irregular heart rhythms leading to more accurate diagnoses of arrhythmias by their doctors. Instead of routing a patient's data through multiple clinicians, which is time-consuming, the data can be delivered directly from a patient to his or her doctor within minutes via a lightweight wearable wireless monitor device. The Cardiac Insight company is based in Kirkland, Washington, USA.

CONCLUSION

To wrap it up, we found 9 small to mid-sized companies that provide patient health monitoring gadgets, apps, services, or systems. These companies are HoneyCo, Mobile Help, Biotronik, Blipcare, LOK8U, A&D Medical, Assured Living, iRhythm Technologies, and Cardiac Insight, Inc. Descriptions about these companies were sourced from each company's online website plus from reliable news organizations, consumer information magazines, and from trade publications covering the health technology field.
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