European researchers and industry leaders seek to deliver unobtrusive wireless battery powered ECG monitoring solution for ambulatory use with the ability to analyze the ECG waveform and detect abnormal events in real time. The IcyHeart European project, co-funded by the Research Executive Agency, is a 21-month collaborative research and development project coordinated by Talos RTD in Cyprus.
The project started in October 2011 and consortium partners include CSEM (Switzerland) which is the Scientific Coordinator, EPFL (Switzerland), SignalGeneriX Ltd (Cyprus), Docobo Ltd (UK), Prisma (Greece) and Dolphin Integration (France).
The objective of IcyHeart is to investigate and demonstrate a highly integrated and power-efficient microelectronic solution for remote monitoring of a person's electrocardiogram (ECG) signals. A complete System-on-a-Chip (SoC) will be developed that will include on board the chip an ultra low-power signal acquisition front-end with analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) for ECG, a low-power digital signal processor (DSP), and a low-energy radio frequency (RF) transceiver. Energy efficient signal processing algorithms targeting ECG and similar signals will be embedded and run on the on-chip DSP.
The proposed research will enable major technological breakthroughs in the areas of highly integrated "sensing-converting-processing-transmitting" solutions in a single chip. The IcyHeart technology is expected to generate high market value for the European SMEs developing novel cardio-monitoring products in home and professional environments, and create high societal impact for several categories of European citizens requiring miniature, comfortable and easy-to-use wireless tele-healthcare solutions.
More information about the IcyHeart project at http://www.icyheart-project.eu.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.