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MindTree Introduces Bluetooth Health Device Solution on Android Platform
MindTree Ltd. (NSE: MINDTREE), a global IT Solutions Company and a leading provider of
Bluetooth® Intellectual Property (IP) solutions, today announced the launch of its Bluetooth health
device solution on the Android platform. The solution, which was successfully demonstrated on the
Google G1 Android Phone at the Continua Health Alliance Fall Summit held in Boston from October
5-9, 2009, is designed to provide seamless interoperability among personal healthcare devices,
thereby empowering individuals to connect with their healthcare administrators real-time.
The Continua device solution consists of MindTree's qualified Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR stack including
eL2CAP, Multi-Channel Adaptation Protocol (MCAP) and Health Device Profile (HDP), integrated
with IEEE - 11073 layers ported onto the Android platform on a Google G1 developer phone. In the
demonstration, the health device solution on Google G1 Android Phone interoperated with a
Continua-Certified pulse oximeter from Nonin Medical. The oxygen saturation levels and heart beat
readings gathered by the pulse oximeter are transferred wirelessly over Bluetooth to the G1 mobile
phone which then displays these readings. The readings can be stored for future reference or as a
further application can be uploaded onto the Internet to an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
Today's demographic trends indicate busy lifestyles that leave little time or motivation for fitness and
weight management; a rise in chronic diseases; an aging population that requires escalating levels
of supervision and medical intervention. These, combined with the rising cost of healthcare,
necessitate the need for a system where in people are seamlessly connected to their healthcare
providers. This also brings about the need for improved interoperability among health devices.
MindTree's solution on the Android platform not only enables connectivity but also demonstrates the
interoperability between such devices.
'Continua Health Alliance is encouraged by the launch of MindTree's implementation of the
Continua Version One Bluetooth device interface,' said Continua Health Alliance President and
Chairman of the board of directors, Rick Cnossen. 'The MindTree technology will foster and
accelerate the development of Continua standards-based mobile solutions available to consumers.'
'MindTree's new solution, successfully demonstrated at a premier event such as the Continua
Health Alliance Summit, further strengthens our leadership position in the Bluetooth technology
space,' said MindTree President and CEO - R&D Services, Vinod Deshmukh. 'As Bluetooth
continues to penetrate into newer markets such as healthcare, we will have newer requirements to
address. We are conscious of this changing trend, and will continue to proactively invest in building
the next generation of Bluetooth-based solutions that will effectively address the market
requirements of tomorrow.'
MindTree's Bluetooth stack and profiles are qualified for 2.1+EDR and have been proven in multiple
products for interoperability and robustness by world-leading companies like NEC Corporation, GN
Netcom and Logitech. The products include headsets, handsets and automotive infotainment
platforms. MindTree was also the first independent stack provider to qualify the Bluetooth health
device profile. MindTree's Bluetooth stack is written in ANSI C with well designed abstraction layer
which enables easy portability across various platforms.
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