Melbourne research and technology company Sleeptite, RMIT University and Sleepeezee Bedding Australia have won two technology gongs this month for the development of a non-invasive monitoring and alert system for aged care.

The Sleeptite Collaboration received the Best Industry Collaboration and People’s Choice awards for developing REMi at the Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia Awards on 9 September.

KCA is the peak body for organisations and individuals associated with knowledge commercialisation and exchange between public sector research organisations and business and government entities.

The awards recognise the achievements of KCA members, which include RMIT University, to highlight top tier work in technology transfer.

Sleeptite CEO Cameron van den Dungen said the group was honoured to receive the awards.

“Our entire team, ranging from researchers to marketers, manufacturers, designers and engineers, are honoured to have been acknowledged by the KCA award judging panel as top tier work in Australasian research commercialisation,” Mr van den Dungen said.

“The REMi monitoring system is a top tier example of how collaboration between research institutions and industry partners can result in a life-changing product with the potential to provide significant economic benefit and incredible social outcomes.”

Cameron van den Dungen

As previously reported, REMi comprises flexible sensors integrated into a medical grade mattress cover, a backend platform that analyses the data and a front-end user interface for aged care staff.

It aims to non-intrusively monitor residents during the night and alert staff at critical moments, such as when a resident falls or is at risk of falling. It can monitor a resident’s presence, posture and position as well as their heart rate and respiratory information.

Judge and KCA director, policy and alliances Dr Tim Boyle said the group was a deserving winner of the collaboration award.

“The commercialisation of REMi exhibits how industry and research entities can work superbly together to create innovations that deliver real and enduring value to society, the economy and beyond,” Dr Boyle said.

Main image: REMi alert for a person who has fallen out of bed

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