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PERS vs. mPERS: Innovations in Medical Alerts

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With an aging population and advances in consumer medical technology, the medical alerts market is experiencing a time of exciting innovation and growth. In fact, the Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) market is predicted to be worth $11.1 billion by 2025, with mobile systems (mPERS) accounting for the largest, fastest-growing segment.

With so many changes and innovations in form factors and functionality, it’s important to understand the difference between PERS and mPERS solutions, how they work, and what the primary use cases are.

What is PERS?

Personal emergency response systems are devices that allow users to easily call for help in an emergency. These devices are often wearable, coming in the form of necklaces or bracelets worn by at-risk populations, such as elders or people with disabilities.

According to Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information, a PERS has three components: a small radio transmitter, a console connected to your telephone, and an emergency response center that monitors calls. The transmitter is a small device typically kept with a person — around their neck, wrist, or in their pocket — with a button that is pushed to call for emergency assistance.  

Some of the latest innovations in PERS technology change the form factor completely by integrating into virtual assistants and smart home devices, such as Amazon Alexa and Echo devices. Additionally, smart watches and other wearable tech are being integrated with PERS capability.

What is mPERS? 

Mobile personal emergency response systems, also known as mPERS, refers to wearable, pushbutton devices and call center service that enables aging adults to signal the need for urgent attention and call for assistance. Unlike traditional PERS devices, it works regardless of their location thanks to mobile technology and cellular connectivity.

As PERS/mPERS adoption and mobility increases among aging populations, so too are advancements in medical alert technology. Newer mPERS devices feature improved battery life, advanced sensors, and innovative app development. The result is advanced features such as location tracking, fall detection, and even biometric readings.

Medical Alerts Powered by IoT

As mPERS devices and solutions evolve to include advanced features, new form factors, and increased data transmission, it’s critical that these new capabilities don’t make things too complicated for businesses or consumers. That’s why KORE offers a suite of device and connectivity options that provide the features companies need without adding complexity during initial deployment or ongoing operations.

Download the case study “Remaining Competitive with Innovating Personal Tracking Solutions” to learn how a global, leading manufacturer of wandering prevention devices expanded their portfolios and solution offerings with IoT solutions.

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Topic(s): Healthcare , mPERS , Featured

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