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MindTree Launches Continua, New Bluetooth Health Device Solution on Android Platform

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October 15, 2009

MindTree Launches Continua, New Bluetooth Health Device Solution on Android Platform

By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor

MindTree Ltd., a provider of IT and Bluetooth intellectual property solutions, has announced its Bluetooth health device solution on the Android (News - Alert) platform.

Continua, the new device solution, will help people connect with their healthcare administrators in real-time, ensuring seamless interoperability among personal healthcare devices. The company successfully demonstrated the functionality of the new solution on the Google (News - Alert) G1 Android Phone recently.

MindTree has incorporated its qualified Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR stack including eL2CAP, Multi-Channel Adaptation Protocol or MCAP and Health Device Profile (HDP) into the device. Further, it has been equipped with IEEE (News - Alert)-11073 layers ported onto the Android platform on a Google G1 developer phone.

Continua in combination with the Google G1 Android Phone has been demonstrated interoperate with a pulse oximeter from Nonin Medical. The device wirelessly transfers the oxygen saturation levels and heart beat readings gathered by the pulse oximeter to the G1 mobile phone via Bluetooth, which then displays these readings. Further, these readings can be stored for future reference or can also be uploaded onto the Internet to an Electronic Health Record or HER.

According to the current demographic trends, the busy lifestyles of the people worldwide don’t allow much time or motivation for fitness and weight management, which has resulted in a rise in chronic diseases. Further, the aging population across the globe needs higher levels of supervision and medical intervention.

Hence, a system becomes necessary where people are seamlessly connected to their healthcare providers, further stressing the importance of improved interoperability among health devices.

The Bluetooth stack and profiles developed by MindTree have been qualified for 2.1+EDR and have been proven in multiple products for interoperability and robustness by various firms like NEC (News - Alert) Corporation, GN Netcom and Logitech. The company has developed a range of products in the profile, such as headsets, handsets and automotive infotainment platforms.

The company enjoys the privilege of being the first independent stack provider to qualify the Bluetooth health device profile. Its Bluetooth stack has been developed in ANSI C programming language, and features a well designed abstraction layer which enables easy portability across various platforms.

Rick Cnossen, president and chairman of the board of directors, Continua Health Alliance, said the alliance is encouraged by the launch of MindTree's implementation of the Continua Version One Bluetooth device interface. Cnossen added that the MindTree technology will foster and accelerate the development of Continua standards based mobile solutions available to consumers.

In September this year, MindTree had signed an agreement with Kyocera Wireless Corp. to acquire Kyocera Wireless (India) Pvt. Ltd., its Indian subsidiary. Recently, Avocent Corporation, a provider of IT operations management services announced that MindTree Limited had deployed Avocent's suite of remote infrastructure management solutions to enable full IT operations control over IP.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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