TZ Medical teams up with Taoglas & Cinterion to win Connected World Value Chain Award

TZ Medical’s innovative heart monitor incorporates a Taoglas antenna and Cinterion cellular module

San Diego, CA – Taoglas USA, Inc, a leading provider of antenna solutions to the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market, announced that TZ Medical, has received Connected World Magazine’s Value Chain Gold Award in the Healthcare category for work on its body-worn, patient-activated cardiac monitor. Cinterion and Taoglas were honored as enablers of this value chain. TZ Medical’s monitor innovatively captures recordings of infrequent and elusive heart arrhythmias and transmits this data to medical practitioners.

“Our new cardiac monitor combines the Internet, wireless communication, and leading-edge heart monitoring technology to provide constant detection, recording, and transmission of cardiac rhythm dysfunctions while the patient is fully mobile,” said Bob Doerr, project director for Aera CT with TZ Medical. “With the Aera CT, cardiac-rhythm related problems are targeted and parameters are predetermined by the physician to provide rapid, accurate data to the prescribing physician. Reports of Afib burden, heart rate, strip samples of arrhythmias are provided daily and as needed by the physician. Additionally, outpatient monitoring allows patients to undergo daily medication titration without the need for hospitalization. We are delighted to team with Taoglas and Cinterion to bring this device to market. Taoglas’ antenna and RF design work and Cinterion’s Cellular Module meant we passed FCC, PTCRB and FDA approvals first time.”

“We always love a new antenna challenge and TZMedical’s monitoring device certainly gave us that opportunity,” said Dermot O’Shea, Joint Managing Director, Taoglas. “While most devices have one PCB, TZ Medical’s had three PCB’s and a battery combined in a small form factor. We tried a lot of different prototypes and in collaboration with Cinterion, we developed a new type of custom multiband, embedded cellular antenna. The project with TZMedical enabled us to add new knowledge and expertise to our Taoglas team. We are delighted to be a part of the Connected World Value Chain Award.”

“It was a pleasure to work with TZMedical and Taoglas to develop a design for such an innovative medical device,” said Paul Kobos, SVP Sales, Cinterion. “The world of M2M devices is moving at such a rapid pace that technology such as communications modules and antennas continually need to keep innovating to stay ahead of the game. As the global leader in M2M communication modules, it is an honor to be recognized by Connected World for such an innovative device design.

Held as a part of the Connected World Conference, the Value Chain Awards honor the most successful corporate adopters of M2M technology and connected devices, as well as the solution providers that make their success possible.. “Those who took home Value Chain and ConnectED Awards should be proud to find themselves among some of the best companies, and entrepreneurs, found in this industry today,” says Mike Carrozzo, chief editor, Connected World. “Each has displayed a great deal of innovation, as well as determination, to get to this point, making their successes well deserved.”

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