Start-Up Xandar Kardian Unveils Smart Senior Care

At CES 2019, U.S Korean start-up Xandar Kardian unveiled a new smart home monitoring device intended for seniors. The home health emergency device NZEL100 PERS, personal emergency response system, provides an SOS Sequence, three ways of calling for help as well as well as monitoring of vitals. To get help, seniors can either push a button, use a voice command through Amazon Alexa, or gesture towards the device. From there, the system will notify nine of the user’s registered caretakers via a push or voice notification. If none of the caretakers respond to the notifications, an optional emergency dialing system can call 911 for the user.

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Kardian’s PERS Device. Photo provided by Xandar Kardian.

Aside from the help trigger, the NZEL100 PERS device can also detect falls without the user having to wear a device or use a security camera. Kadian’s PERS device uses artificial intelligence to detect falls and automatically asks for assistance if a fall is detected. Along with fall detection, the device features Proactive Health Monitoring including resting heart rate/ breathing rate, sleep apnea, and a movement index. If caretakers or emergency services are called, they can get the user’s vitals before even arriving at their house.

While not currently on the market, consumers can pre-register to buy the NZEL100 PERS device for $35 on the Kardian website. Along with their PERS devices, users will receive an exclusive gift for their early signup. The device connects through Wi-fi, 4G, and GPS and requires a $99 initial setup fee. The device also features a smart LED lamp, making it easier to find.

Given the demand for independent senior living, Kardian is not the only company to invest in senior home automation. Essence, a smart home company, has made a line of senior safety products similar to Kardian’s NZEL100 PERS device, with fall detection, artificial intelligence, and easy connection to emergency services. More devices are expected, as the home health monitoring market will reach $32 billion by 2023, while the PERS market will reach $11 billion by 2025, according to Link. With an aging population, Kardian’s PERS device is more relevant than ever.

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Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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