2M Engineering – Health & Industrial Sensor Solutions https://www.2mel.nl Health & Industrial Sensor Solutions Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:10:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Wheelchair Sports Performance Monitor https://www.2mel.nl/wheelchair-sports-performance-monitor/ Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:22:11 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3349 Insight in individual sportperformance is a prerequisite to work on performance improvement. Therefore many athletes make use of measuring equipment. Such equipment is readily available for able-bodied athletes and often at an affordable price, both for amateur and professional athletes. For wheelchair sports there is no suitable system, therefore they have to do with global outcomes as time on, for example, a sprint test. Due to the lack of information on wheelchair specific performance, it is not possible to properly evaluate training methods and materials.

Within the research project RAAKpro the “perfect sport wheelchair” a method is developed to measure wheelchair performance during games and practices, but this method is still expensive and complex. The athletes and coaches who participated in the study immediately saw the great value of the results and would like to see a product that they themselves perform such measurements.

Wheelchair sports performance monitor project goal

The goal of the wheelchair sports performance monitor project, an initiative from the Haagse Hogeschool, is to develop a cheap and robust system for the measurement of sports wheelchair movements. The knowledge from the research should be intertwined with the most appropriate sensor configuration, firmware and data streaming, to arrive at 10 testable prototypes.

Sportinnovator grants the wheelchair sports performance monitor project

Monique Berger and Rienk van der Slikke from the Haagse Hogeschool (DHS) have received a Sportinnovator grant from the Dutch minister Bussemaker of public health. This enables DHS and 2M Engineering to bring realization of a concrete product another step closer to reality.

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Next steps

The prototypes will be tested for usability and applications in various Paralympic wheelchair sports (wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and wheeling). In a follow-up project the prototypes will be further developed into consumer products, so that the wheelchair athletes can make the much desired professionalization.

Wearable Sensor Technology https://www.2mel.nl/wearable-sensor-technology/ Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:34:48 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3331 2M Engineering has build a wearable sensor technology platform that consists of essential building blocks. This enables 2M Engineering to quickly make a translation of your application into a wearable sensor product that meets your requirements.

Wearable Sensor Technology enabling new applications

The 2M wearable sensor technology platform consists of various building blocks. Think here of a standard of sensors for which hardware and embedded software libraries are available off the shelf to quickly enable new applications:

  • Accerlero, Gyro, Magnetometer sensors- 9 DOF of movement
  • Heart rate & ECG measurement sensor – medical grade to optical more consumer oriented
  • Respiration or breathing sensor
  • SPO2 sensor
  • Temperature sensor and humdity sensors
  • Pressure, distance and PPG sensor

Joining these sensors together into customized hardware for OEM/ODM products is a technology focused small step. The more difficult step is how to combine those to add real value to patients or users and to have an impact to change the status quo. In many cases data reduction and smart signal processing is done already on the sensor platform in order to give real time feedback to users, or to reduce the amount of data that is stored or needs to be wirelessly transmitted.

Storing information on SD-card or FLASH memory and wirelessly (Bluetooth Low Energy, WiFi, LoRa) or wired sending this information via a Smartphone to the cloud is what we do on a daily basis including setting up the server based architecture and smartphone application. Also combining GPS data or sending data via UMTS/GPRS we frequently do.

Opportunities for wearable sensor new businesses

If you have a business idea to create a new wearable sensor product you are free to visit and discuss what we can do for each other. We would like to help you creating your products, certify your product and also ensure these sensor products can be produced with high yield and low field call rate. We can take care of (volume) production, but we are flexible in this respect. We are not putting products in the market ourselves, that is not were we add value, that would typically be the role of our partners.

Wearable Sensor Technology Example


Valdiation of contactless medical sleep sensor with Kempenhaeghe https://www.2mel.nl/valdiation-of-contactless-medical-sleep-sensor/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 16:40:24 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3325 Joint effort to validate new contactless medical sleep sensor

In a joint effort the technical university of Eindhoven, Livassured, 2M Engineering and Kempenhaeghe work together towards the validation of an innovative  contactless medical sleep sensor. This extremely sensitive sensor can pick up both large signals and also very small signals as required to derive heart rate from the raw pressure signal. Due to this high sensitivity the placement of the sensor is more flexible compared to other solutions.

Intelligent signal processing

By combining the contactless medical sleep sensor with intelligent and reliable signal processing new applications can be enabled not possible with the current consumer oriented bedsensors.

Focus on 3 use cases – Patients with Epilepsy, Parkinson patients & OSA patients

In a sleep center like Kempenhaeghe all facilities to do a full night or longer polysomnograhpy measurement are present, however this is not the case in people’s own homes. In this project we develop low invasive measurement, but reliable measurement solutions that can be used to monitor effectiveness of certain interventions over longer periods. The facilities and knowledge at Kempenhaeghe will be used to validate the sensitivity and specificity of the bed sensor.

Other applications

The same sensor technology can also be used for other sleep or non sleep related applications. The same very sensitive sensor technology can also be integrated in chairs and provide detailed information on movement, breathing rate, heart rate or other movement related vital signs.



Connected sewerage water level sensor https://www.2mel.nl/connected-sewerage-water-level-sensor/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 15:57:21 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3319 2M and iSago team up to develop connected sewerage water level sensor for better city water management

Smart distributed sensor technology that continuously measures various water parameters and sends this to a central cloud location where it can be used to do big data analysis, will give insights not possible today. These insights start with a connected sewerage water level sensor and will lead to a better design of city water management and quicker more adequate responses in case of emergency.

Zero maintainance sensor solutions

Idea is to create an easy to install, zero maintenance and affordable connected sewerage water level sensor that also measures a number of other relevant water parameters and sends this information to a central server. The system needs to be self-powered and wirelessly connected using LoRa technology.

Challenges – accurate and robust over time under harsh conditions

Challenge is to design a sensor that can withstand the aggressive environment present in the sewerage system, that continuous to measure robust and accurate.

Besides better water management control one could also think to sense in real-time chemical pollution (like waste of chemical factories or synthetic drug labs).

More information

Contact 2M Engineering or i-Sago

Ambulatory wheelchair activity monitoring solution being beta tested https://www.2mel.nl/ambulatory-wheelchair-activity-monitoring-solution/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 14:47:46 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3307 2M has created together with Rijndam rehabilitation center in Rotterdam a special version of the Activ8 activity monitoring (see www.activ8all.com) solution. This ambulatory wheelchair activity monitoring solution is currently being beta tested with patients and physiotherapists.

Ambulatory wheelchair activity monitoring solution with activity recognition

The solution consists of two activity monitors: one unit is mounted on the wheel of the wheelchair the other unit is worn on the wrist of the person in the wheelchair. By combining the information from wheel and wrist unit, various activity classes can be recognized. There can be recognized if people are pushed (by a person or by motor) if they are manouvring, sitting still, slow or fast driving. So both the user and the physiotherapist get a good view what activities have been done during the day. The underlying algorithms have been medically validated by Erasmus Medical Center and Hogeschool Utrecht.

Ambulatory wheelchair activity monitoring solution with activity recognition

Information directly on your smartphone

The user synchronizes the information wirelessly using Bluetooth Smart/Low Energy from both devices directly to the cloud via the WheelActiv8 smartphone app. The smartphone can also be used to get a detailed view on the various physical activities done during the day. Via the app the user can also communicate with the care provider and add mental notes to their activities so that when viewing back activities the context can easily be reconstructed.

WheelActiv8 smartphone app

Beta testing the prototype

Currently the first prototypes have been send to Rijndam who are currently collecting feedback from users and physiotherapists on how and what to improve. When this prototype refinement is done, together with Rijndam steps will be taken to make a finished, certified and sellable product.



Photonic Endoscope for better bladder cancer treatment – doctors and engineers develop together https://www.2mel.nl/photonic-endoscope-for-better-bladder-cancer-treatment-doctors-and-engineers-develop-together/ Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:12:01 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3129 Photonic Endoscope for better bladder cancer treatment

DTU and Frederiksberg Hospital are heading a European research project, where engineers and medical doctors develop new instruments for detecting bladder cancer for example a photonic endoscope for better bladder cancer treatment. The concept may provide faster and better treatment and large savings for hospitals. Over the next five years, a research team consisting of engineers and medical doctors will be developing new instruments and combine optical methods for imaging the bladder wall in patients with bladder cancer in routine endoscopic examinations.
The goal is to ensure that medical doctors in a matter of seconds may obtain a detailed picture of how deep the cancer cells are growing into the bladder wall, which allows starting of treatment of the bladder cancer immediately. It ensures a shorter, less expensive, and less harmful course of treatment. Today, patients are waiting for up to five working days to have their tissue analysed under a microscope. This means that it will take a couple of weeks before they start treatment.

Better, faster, and sooner

The concept allows that a proportion of patients may be treated as outpatients without hospitalization and full anaesthesia. “It gives patients greater quality of life and will save Danish hospitals more than DKK 100 million over a five-year period,” says Peter E. Andersen, Senior Researcher at DTU Fotonik:

“The project is a large technical-scientific challenge; it requires a new combination of optical methods to be used on the same endoscope. The hope is that we can bring the technology into play and ultimately diagnose and treat bladder cancer better, faster, and sooner than so far. It will be ground-breaking. Not only will we help patients to a quicker recovery, but we will also reduce public healthcare costs considerably.”

Technology improves treatment

DTU Fotonik is heading the project ‘Multi-modal, Endoscopic Biophotonic Imaging of Bladder Cancer for Point-of-Care Diagnosis’ (MIB), which consists of a consortium with ten partners. The project has been awarded a grant of 6 million € from Horizon 2020, which is the EU’s support programme for research and innovation.
The project is one of several where DTU conducts research within health technology which improves diagnostics and treatment and reduces costs. In this EU project, researchers from DTU Fotonik develop, among other things, optical technology such as compact light sources, high-speed imaging, and endoscopes.

Photonic Endoscope for better bladder cancer treatment

Engineers work together with medical doctors

The technology must be tested on patients by Gregers G. Hermann, Consultant at the Department of Urology at Frederiksberg Hospital. Dr Hermann has identified a great need and opportunity to find a faster method for optical diagnosis of bladder cancer:

“We have been working closely with DTU researchers over the past five years, and this cooperation is essential to the project. When you understand each other’s mindset, you can easily utilize each other’s ideas. It will be a kind of symbiosis of which we are expecting a lot. Therefore, we will recommend that engineers increasingly assist us in our work in the future.”

Today, bladder cancer is one of the most expensive diseases to treat in the western world. The project team hopes that the concept in the long term can be applied to diagnosing colon cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, oesophageal cancer, and lung cancer.

For further information

Gregers G. Hermann, Consultant Urologist, MD, Fellow of the European Board of Urology (FEBU), Dept. of Urology, Frederiksberg Hospital. Mail: Gregers.Gautier.Hermann@regionh.dk, mobile: + 45 22730134.

Peter E. Andersen, Senior Researcher, DTU Fotonik. Mail: peta@fotonik.dtu.dk, mobile: + 45 22454557.

Who’s who in the EU project?

The project comprises researchers from one hospital, two universities, three research institutions, and four small and medium-sized businesses.


Capital Region of Denmark, Department of Urology, Frederiksberg Hospital
Medical University of Vienna
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
Institute of biological and medical imaging, Helmholtz (Munich)
Blazejewski Medi-Tech GmbH
Grintech GmbH
2M Engineering
M Squared Lasers Ltd

MIB Consortium

The MIB kickoff group. From left to right, front row: Karin Mogensen, Dominik Marti, John Sherry, Sebastian Dochow. Back row: Gregers Hermann, Julia Niefnecker, James Bain, Anders Hansen, Ole Jensen, Nils Hempler, Peter Andersen, Wolfgang Drexler, Bernhard Messerschmidt, Gillian Mimnagh, Rainer Leitgeb, Bernd Sumpf, Jürgen Popp, Andreas Bühler, Dragan Sandic

Energy Lab nieuwe partner binnen project InspiRun (in Dutch) https://www.2mel.nl/energy-lab-nieuwe-partner-binnen-project-inspirun-in-dutch/ Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:32:30 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3061

Fontys Sporthogeschool en 2M Engineering gaan InspiRun verder door ontwikkelen in samenwerking met Energy Lab. De komende periode gaan deze partners verkennen op welke manier de ontwikkelde conceptversie van deze hardloopapplicatie geïmplementeerd kan worden in de hardloopmarkt.

Binnen deze samenwerking zullen Fontys Sporthogeschool en 2M Engineering een derde testfase starten en zal door de drie partners onder meer gezocht worden naar financiering voor de doorontwikkeling van het InspiRun-concept. Voor de data-analyse zal tevens een beroep gedaan worden op de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e).

Energy Lab is een full-service sport- en gezondheidspromotiecentrum dat inzichten en advies geeft op zowel het vlak van gezonde levensstijl als het optimaliseren van prestaties. Energy Lab is onder meer ontwikkelaar van de populaire “Hardlopen met Evy”-app, de opvolger van de populaire start2run hardloop podcast met Evy Gruyaert, met in totaal reeds meer dan 700.000 downloaders. Energy Lab is onderdeel van Golazo Sports, een bekend sportmarketingbedrijf en organisator van verschillende sportevenementen in Nederland en België̈.


Fontys Sporthogeschool, 2M Engineering en Energy Lab geloven in deze samenwerking en het benutten van elkaars complementariteit. Deze samenwerking sluit tevens mooi aan bij het partnership van Fontys Sporthogeschool met Golazo SX o.a. rondom de DDL Marathon Eindhoven.

Parkinson disease stooped posture treatment & training tool now available online https://www.2mel.nl/parkinson-disease-stooped-posture-treatment-training-tool-now-available-online/ Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:20:15 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3030 Parkinson disease stooped posture treatment & training tool now available online

We hereby annouche the launch of www.upright-posture.com a new website dedicated for information & sales of our UPRIGHT device.

Clinical trails for Edocal early cancer detection system starting https://www.2mel.nl/clinical-trails-for-edocal-starting/ Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:14:37 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3025 Clinical trail started for Edocal early cancer detection system for mouth and throat cancer

The Edocal early cancer detection system for mouth and throat cancer are ready and are shipped to our clinical partners were more then 200 patients are waiting for the clinical tests.

Edocal early cancer detection system

The Problem: Early Detection Of Oral Cancer

Reports from the US state that Oral Cancer is the most expensive to treat. Most oral cancers require costly and disfiguring medical intervention, and even then the five-year survival rate is only 57%. There are 124.000 new cases diagnosed each year. This gives an additional cost to the medical health care system of €6.944B per year.
Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. Today, there is still no comprehensive program to opportunistically screen for the disease, and without that; late stage discovery and high mortality rates are most likely to continue.

Our Solution : Low Cost Screening Tool

In a previous Research for SMEs project: (EDOCAL), the SMEs 2M, CST and TG developed a preliminary test system for early cancer detection using state of the art telecom laser technology. This project finished on 31.12.2011 and the results achieved in were in line with the goals set put at the start of the project.
Our objective in this project is to use the results of the research to build and validate the demonstrator in a clinical setting and subsequently to commercialise the first low cost screening tool for early detection of oral cancers.

Seventh Framework Programme

The project is being funded by the 7 th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, grant agreement number 605254, by the European Union.

Living Lab Activ8 is van start! (in Dutch) https://www.2mel.nl/living-lab-activ8-is-van-start/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:13:12 +0000 http://www.2mel.nl/?p=3009 Living Lab Activ8 is van start!

De missie van het project Living Lab Activ8 is bewegingsarmoede bij senioren te voorkomen door middel van de inzet van de Activ8 activity tracker. Met behulp van de Activ8 worden senioren gestimuleerd meer te bewegen waardoor bepaalde aandoeningen gerelateerd aan sedentair gedrag voorkomen kunnen worden.


De Activ8 staat centraal in dit Living Lab. Deze sensor meet de hoeveelheid activiteit en herkent bewegingspatronen (liggen, zitten, staan, wandelen, lopen en fietsen). Tevens kan de sensor een nauwkeurige vertaling maken van het dagelijkse energieverbruik. Een webomgeving maakt het mogelijk naar wens coaching op afstand te verrichten via het internet, of self-coaching door het stellen van korte en lange termijn doelen. Beweegcoaches kunnen via de webomgeving op maat adviesgeven en dus gericht aan de slag met het bestrijden van inactiviteit. Dit totaalconcept van de Activ8 biedt in potentie een aanpak om bewegingsarmoede te bestrijden.


Het unieke van de Activ8 monitor is dus dat niet alleen de hoeveelheid activiteit, maar ook het type activiteit wordt herkend waardoor gerichte coaching mogelijk is. Of dit effectief mogelijk is met enkel online coaching, of dat hiervoor de inzet van een leefstijl-coach vereist is, is tot op heden niet bekend. 2M Engineering, Fontys Sporthogeschool en Brainport Development hebben de handen ineen geslagen om een eerste effectiviteits- en gebruikersonderzoek uit te voeren bij senioren omtrent de Activ8.


Naast het uitvoeren van een effectiviteits- en gebruikersonderzoek om beweging te kunnen bepalen moet ook het energieverbruik goed kunnen worden vastgesteld door de Activ8. Een eerste validatie in een Living Lab-setting uitgevoerd door Fontys Sporthogeschool toont aan dat de Activ8 in staat is om op een correcte wijze energieverbruik in te schatten. De vraag die centraal staat in dit Living Lab is: Hoe kan de Activ8 verder ontwikkeld worden zodat deze optimaal gebruikt wordt door senioren? Er wordt onder meer ingegaan op de nauwkeurigheid van de metingen van bewegingen en het energieverbruik, het gebruiksgemak en de meerwaarde van de coachingsmodule.


Het project loopt tot 1 juli 2015 en wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door een financiële bijdrage van de Gemeente Eindhoven.


Projectpartners Living Lab Activ8

2M Engineering: www.2mel.nl

Brainport Development: www.brainportdevelopment.nl

Fontys Sporthogeschool: http://fontys.nl/Over-Fontys/Fontys-Sporthogeschool.htm

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