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Contactless measurement of heart rate, respiratory volumes and blood pressure to facilitate everyday hospital life@embedded world 2022

Fraunhofer IMS@embedded world 2022, from 21 to 23 June, Nuremberg Exhibition Centre

The Fraunhofer-Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg shows how the contactless measurement of heart rate, respiratory volumes and blood pressure facilitates everyday hospital life


The business unit Health of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS presents its contactless vital parameter measurement as a demonstrator at the »embedded world 2022« in Nuremberg from 21 to 23 June. The contactless measurement of vital parameters offers a way to quantify health parameters quickly, accurately, hygienically and conveniently.

More hygiene and convenient long-term monitoring through contactless vital parameter measurement

Fraunhofer IMS develops methods for contactless measurement of vital parameters such as heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory volumes, oxygen saturation and blood pressure. Most vital parameter measurements are based on intensity changes of the skin caused by blood volume changes in hypodermic tissue, and can be measured in the visible light as well as in the NIR spectrum for applications in the dark.

Measurement of the respiratory rate is important in particular for the detection and monitoring of respiratory diseases. Thereby, the contactless method developed by Fraunhofer IMS enables comfortable long-term monitoring for patients and increase hygiene significantly.  Automated measurement of respiratory rate (and other vital signs) at entrances to clinics, practices and nursing homes helps to isolate potentially infected persons at an early stage, or can be applied for evaluating a driver’s state and level of attention.

The contactless respiration rate measurement is based on the movement of the chest and only requires an RGB-camera. Image processing and machine learning techniques are used to track feature points on the torso and analyze the frequency spectrum of the chest movement.  

Visit the Fraunhofer-Joint Booth in Hall 4-422 and find out about the many possible applications of contactless vital sign measurement!

Would you like to make an appointment at the exhibition or talk to our team beforehand? Send an email to Wolfgang Gröting,   

You can find more information and data sheets under "Contactless Vital Sign Measurement".


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