Ascom (www.ascom.com/ws), a leading provider of on-site wireless communications, has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award 2014 for its Wireless Alarm Transceiver product design. A panel of 40 international design experts evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries to determine winners of the annual competition.
This is the second time Ascom has been honored by Red Dot, as it also won the design award in 2012 for its teleCARE IP patient handset.
"The Ascom Wireless Alarm Transceiver allows senior care residents to enjoy greater mobility with peace of mind, while caregivers can be assured that everyone is safe," explained Ascom Project Manager Jan Ringenier. Significantly, he added, the device was designed to have a' friendly', less institutional look" to help residents overcome the stigma of wearing alarms."
Ringenier continued: "The transceiver is designed to express simplicity, friendliness and quality with a distinct circular center piece, which creates focus and reduces perceived size. In addition, the center parts are exchangeable, creating freedom for personalizing or context adaptation. The surrounding ring has a protective ridge reducing risk of false alarm, will still making the button easy to access. For convenience, transceivers can be worn either around the neck or on the wrist."
"The issues with persons in senior care are myriad and demanding on staff," he continued. "Knowing the locations of residents when they need help saves critical time, and wander management functionality brings peace of mind to staff and residents' families."
"The 40 experts assessed the quality of the entries with the utmost care and attention," said Dr. Peter Zec, Red Dot founder and chief executive officer. "Due to their backgrounds, they also assessed the special cultural aspects of the designs from 53 countries. But only the best products receive an award from the jury. This is especially reflected in the percentage of successful entries in the Red Dot Award, which is much smaller in contrast to other international design competitions. Therefore, the winners can be proud of their achievements - with their entries; they stood out from the rest and were able to pass the test in front of the critical eyes of the experts. This success will be celebrated during the Red Dot Gala, when the laureates will receive the recognition of the international audience."
The Wireless Alarm Transceiver is part of Ascom teleCARE IP emergency call system, the flexible and comprehensive on-site communications solutions available for senior living facilities.
"Ascom teleCARE IP uses the latest IP technology in LAN and WLAN environments," explained Ascom Vice President of Global Product Line Patient Systems Pat Van Ryzin „This new release is just the most recent addition to our industry-leading elderly services communications tools that enhance quality of life for residents at all stages of need, enabling them to make requests, call for help, control their environment and enjoy whatever their level of mobility."