An artificial intelligence-based monitoring device that aims to reduce falls and its co-founder have together picked up three gongs at recent national business awards.

HomeGuardian.ai unobtrusively monitors aged care residents at all hours of the day and provides real-time alerts to staff and family members when an incident occurs (read our story here).

The camera-free non-wearable device, which monitors residents via an optical sensor, has been updated in response to the pandemic to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and other flu-like illnesses.

The company was announced the ABA100 winner for both Tech Innovation and New Product Innovation on October 8 at The Australian Brand Awards 2020, which recognises innovative technology and consumer products.

HomeGuardian.ai CEO and co-founder Kane Sajdak said the team was thrilled to win awards in both categories.

Kane Sajdak

“The whole team is honestly really humbled. It’s one of those things where we’re technologists first, and so to be validated that our ideas and concepts are actually what the world wants and needs is pretty special,” Mr Sajdak told Australian Ageing Agenda.

Mr Sajdak also picked up the Start Up Leader award at LeadershipHQ’s Outstanding Leadership Awards, which recognises a leader who demonstrates courage and kindness in their organisation.

While honoured to receive the award, he said it has been a team effort.

“The reason I’m able to do what I’m able to do is because I’m surrounded by people that are absolute experts in what they do, so it’s my name on it, but really, it’s an award for the whole team,” Mr Sajdak said.

The awards highlight the business’ credibility and product and that they are on the right track, he said.

“We read the market correctly and we were able to utilise our existing technology and enhance it further to detect things like COVID symptoms, which in our target market being the aged care industry is a pretty big deal,” Mr Sajdak said.

HomeGuardian.ai, which looks like a portable speaker, unobtrusively monitors aged care residents at all hours of the day.

The device will soon be for sale in major electronic retail stores in Australia and the company is speaking to international partners to expand further, he said.

“With the pandemic, Australia is faring relatively well compared to a lot of places in the world, so our technology has a great need in places like Europe and the United Kingdom and particularly in North America so we will be expanding quite rapidly in the very short future,” Mr Sajdak said.

“We do have some units internationally that are being tested at the moment and then it will be a matter of getting the right regulatory bodies on board so we can start distributing in those jurisdictions.”

Mr Sajdak said the company was also working with government bodies to implement the technology in other markets, such as pubs and clubs to ensure people are complying with COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’re also expanding into other markets such as baby and pool monitors and schools as well, because our technology, and what we hold the patents for, is able to be transferred and applied to different use cases very easily,” he said.

HomeGuardian.ai is also a finalist in the Australian IoT awards in the product category.

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