Wireless Sensor Platform for Hospitals Uses Virtualization Technology
LynuxWorks, Inc. has combined efforts with Portwell, Inc. to deliver a proof-of-concept (PoC) wireless sensor platform for hospitals based on Intel technology. When monitoring vital signs (such as EKG and blood oxygenation) during a patient’s hospital stay, sensors must be attached to the body; frequently this results in an awkward and uncomfortable tangle of wires. To help untether patients, the PoC platform can connect to more than 25 Bluetooth wireless biometric sensors and has the ability to graphically portray patient sensor data for visual monitoring in a familiar Windows environment. The platform uses the Portwell WADE-8067, an Intel Core2 Duo processor-based Mini-ITX board. Running on the board, LynxSecure from LynuxWorks provides desirable software virtualization technology that makes it possible to securely run both a Linux operating system and an unmodified Windows operating system in parallel on the platform. The PoC demonstrates a means whereby medical equipment manufacturers can quickly port legacy wired sensor applications to a new wireless multicore platform.