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DeviceOn Helps Maintain Automated External Defibrillators (AED)


Project Introduction

Automated external defibrillators (AED) are compact devices that deliver life-saving electric shocks to victims of cardiac arrest. Like fire extinguishers, AED are distributed around office buildings and public infrastructure for use in emergencies — and are thus hard to manage and maintain. AED must remain able to function even when in sleep mode. A report by SCA Awareness, indicated that over the course of 15 years more than 1,000 cardiac arrest deaths were connected to AED failure. Of these, battery failure accounted for almost one-quarter of the incidents.

Our Solution

Ensuring proper AED function during an emergency necessitates regular maintenance checks. These checks ensure the AED device is working properly and allow managers to replace batteries and components as needed. 

 Advantech DeviceOn provides a cloud solution that periodically self-tests AED devices and ensures functional integrity. The solution includes a timed self-test and self-awake connection to ensure power supply over a long period of time. In addition, DeviceOn provides a visual map on the dashboard that displays failed equipment, maintenance events, notifications, and firmware OTA updates. 

 A case presented by an AED maker illustrates how DeviceOn helped overcome these maintenance challenges. This equipment maker sells thousands of AEDs to multiple regions, and found it difficult to ensure proper operation while and maintenance for distributed devices. 

 The company now used DeviceOn to monitor its AEDs in real-time and receive alerts when a device fails a self-test and requires maintenance. The visual map dashboard makes it easy to see which devices are working properly and which ones need attention. As a result, the customer was able to ensure that its AEDs were always ready to use.

Highlighted Features

  • A cloud solution is needed to periodically self-test AED devices to ensure functional integrity
  • A timed self-test and self-awake connection ensures power supply over a long period of time 
  • Visual map dashboard highlights failed equipment, maintenance events, notifications, and firmware OTA updates.