SALT LAKE CITY -- In an effort to provide Internet connectivity to a variety of its medical device and home and building automation products, Matsushita Electronic Works has signed a multi-million dollar licensing agreement with emWare Inc. here.
Under the terms of the agreement, Matsushita, maker of National and Panasonic products, will use emWare's EMIT device networking software to add Internet connectivity for remote access, management and diagnostic capabilities to more than 500 of its products.
EmWare's technology allows any device made for homes, businesses and factories to communicate over any network, including the Internet, using any interface such as telephones, Web browsers, PDAs, databases or custom applications (see story in the Nov. 1, 1998 Online Magazine).
To facilitate integration of emWare's technology into new and existing products, MEW has formed a special project team. Matsushita has already employed the emWare technology in its CARE Monitor used in nursing homes. This product uses EMIT technology to allow remote monitoring of convalescent care centers.
According to emWare, remote video cameras mounted in the individual rooms transmit video images which are displayed on a user interface that is monitored by an attendant. The cameras can also generate alarms or alerts, which are displayed on the Web browser user interface with the appropriate image to represent the health issue.