Neat participated in the Silver Economy Forum: Opportunities in Rural Areas and the Demographic Challenge

The Silver Economy is a concept that includes all those economic activities, products and services aimed at satisfying the needs of those over 50 years of age, and brings together sectors as diverse as health, banking, automotive, energy, housing, telecommunications, leisure, and tourism, among others.

Neat was part of the Silver Economy online forum organized by the Malaga Provincial Council and focused on learning about the possibilities offered by the Silver Economy approach as a formula for fixing and attracting the population and driving the development of unpopulated rural areas in the province of Málaga (Andalusia, Spain).

The event was divided into three sessions that took place from March 23 to 26. Gonzalo Castellanos, South Europe & Americas – Regional Sales Manager, participated in the March 25 session entitled “Adapted technology at the service of the care of the elderly: Telemedicine, telecare, monitoring, follow-up and virtual therapies.

Castellanos highlighted that “Social services contribute greatly to the ability of older people to continue living in their places of origin and to the creation of wealth and employment by attracting the workforce and professionals to rural settings.”

Also, Castellanos explained that digitalization “is so necessary in urban settings, as in rural settings, since social services are also essential in emptied Spain.” Likewise, he highlighted the importance of technology “as an ally in the sustainability of social services.”

It should be noted that the forum was attended by the general secretary for the Demographic Challenge of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of the Government of Spain, the president of the Malaga provincial council, the Deputy Delegate for the Elderly, Third Sector, and International Cooperation of the Malaga Provincial Council, among other important agents of the public and private sector.

All sessions were carried out with the intervention of an expert on the subject and one or more people who presented an example of good practice of a project or initiative related to the subject.

Neat Germany celebrates its 15th anniversary

15 years ago, on April 1st, 2006, NEAT GmbH was founded and became market leader in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since that time.

Over the years NEAT GmbH has worked closely with the most important service providers in Germany. This is how they have contributed to making everyday life easier for tens of thousands of people across Germany. In their homes, in nursing homes or in care centers.

Neat GmbH started with 8 people and there are 18 today and nearly all employees from the beginning are still on board and celebrate their 15th anniversary.

We all joined in the celebration and are very proud of all the accomplishments, professionalism, and leadership of Neat Germany.

Wandering control with D-POS system

The safest and most effective care for residents of health centers.

The wandering control system designed by Neat is an innovative wireless solution which ensures healthcare facilities become open areas in which residents can walk around freely.

The technology for the control of wanderers allows for the configuration of an unlimited number of accesses, authorizing or denying the movement of residents in accordance with their profile, thereby facilitating carers´ work by creating controlled and safe areas for residents in a simple and functional manner.

The system will always identify both the wanderer and the area he/she is attempting to access, sending an alarm to the carer´s device to enable he/she to act in a rapid and efficient manner.

The resident will wear a wristband bearing the policy for permitted and/or denied access. When a wanderer approaches a restricted area, the system will send an alarm to any receiver carried by the healthcare professional.

Advantages for your facility:

  • Enables the control of all areas regardless of their size
  • Customized configuration for each resident
  • Removal of bolts and barriers
  • Locks / unlocks entrance doors, lifts

Our best wishes for 2021

This has been a very challenging year for all of us. But it has also been a year to feel proud of belonging to a team that works to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.

From Neat, a brand of Legrand, we wish you a happy 2021

Neat Sweden took on the challenge of being more physically active and ranked 14th out of 298 organizations

Team spirit and a more active lifestyle

NEAT Sweden has together with 297 other organizations during the pandemic participated in an activity challenge to encourage all employees to work out and be more physical active in general. 

The challenge was to take more than 10,000 steps per day in average from 24 September – 5 November (43 days). Also, other activities were counted and converted into steps. 17 employees accepted the challenge and 13 finished with more than 10.000 steps per day. 

The average of the 17 employees was 16,305 steps/day which put them on 14th position of the 298 organizations! 5 of the 13 employees that finished were randomly selected and did receive a gift voucher.

“I think, when we during the pandemic work from home, that the risk is even higher that we get stuck into a sedentary lifestyle. By participating in the challenge, we tried to change this in NEAT in a way that also could give us a better team spirit. I am really impressed by the result and I honestly didn’t know how competitive and tireless co-workers we have. But I am most delighted by the fact that the challenge did change the habits of several persons to a more active lifestyle. I hope this will be persistent also after the challenge,” Ulrik Lundberg, Head of R&D at Neat, noted.

Neat participated in a virtual seminar where it endorsed its commitment to people’s health and safety

In order to expose how Neat technology has contributed to the management of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 in a professional and efficient way, Neat was present at the webinar Assistive technology solutions against COVID-19.

During the webinar, a detailed account was made of the solutions that since the beginning of the pandemic have helped telecare service providers and care professionals in residences and hospitals to provide higher quality care to patients, users and residents preventing the spread of the coronavirus and protecting the safety and health of people at all times, mainly the elderly, who belong to the most vulnerable sector of the population.

Gonzalo Castellanos, commercial director for southern Europe and America at Neat, pointed out that when the health crisis began, Neat was clear that the first step that had to be taken consisted of “ensuring the continuity of production, for this, shifts were adapted and security measures were taken to the extreme, which made it possible to guarantee the supply of solutions during the toughest months of the pandemic ”.

Having achieved this goal, Neat focused on installing its wireless assistive solution in record time. “This technology was deployed in more than 20 field hospitals mainly in Italy and Spain. Hotels were also equipped and technology was installed in isolation rooms as well”, Castellanos stressed.

For her part, Sonia Zapico Díaz, Asispa’s telecare director, took part in the webinar recognizing that “technology is always a fantastic ally to provide well-being” and that “the future of telecare services goes through digitalization”. In its commitment to innovation, Zapico said that they already have more than 7,000 digital terminals installed, which “makes them a benchmark within the social health field in connected care.”

Zapico also emphasised the reasons why telecare has become more relevant during the pandemic: “the ability to accompany and the possibility of immediate care for the elderly without face-to-face contact.”

David Miró i Sumarroca, general director of Miray Consulting, also participated in the webinar presenting the success story of the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital, in Catalonia, where a modular expansion of the centre has been carried out, which has been equipped with the Neat wireless nurse call system. Miró explained that the objective of this project was “to minimize the risk of contagion by making the workflow as efficient as possible and the patients being treated in the shortest time possible” and for this it was necessary to comply with the technology requirements of the expansion: “reliability and effectiveness”. He also highlighted the satisfaction of the healthcare staff with “an easy-to-use and install solution.”

The conclusions of the event were exposed by José Carlos Escamilla, director of business development at Neat, who made it clear that “The future of healthcare services cannot be conceived without connected systems.”

The webinar was held on November 17 and more than 100 professionals from the social and healthcare sector were connected live. It was organized by InfoEdita and its manager, José Henríquez Navarro, presented the speakers and briefly described the program of the event.

You can access the full webinar (in Spanish) through our YouTube channel:

Neat deploys its assistive technology at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Catalonia to support the management of the pandemic

Installation of solutions in record time

With the aim of providing better care to semi-critical patients with coronavirus disease and minimizing the risk of infection for healthcare personnel, the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital has carried out a modular expansion of the centre, which has been equipped with the Neat Wireless Nurse Call system so that healthcare professionals can organize workflow more efficiently and people receive higher quality care.

The expansion is made up of 2 floors with 4 wings each, where 216 people can be accommodated with independent cubicles for the treatment of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

The technological project has been carried out by Miray Consulting, Neat distributor in Spain. In each wing, Miray Consulting has installed a wireless nurse call system consisting of pull and push buttons. In addition, the caregivers have been equipped with 32 alarm receivers.

The patient only has to pull the device or press a button to request assistance. Given that the receivers are portable, the professionals are fully mobile and can receive the patient’s call at any point in the healthcare facility where they are.

In this time of crisis, assembly of technology in hospitals and temporary health facilities has to be carried out quickly, without affecting the work pace of professionals. The start-up of this wireless solution at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital took place in less than a week to provide immediate service to the wings of the new building that demanded greater urgency before the summer, in anticipation of possible outbreaks of the pandemic.

David Miró, general manager of Miray Consulting, highlighted that “the most significant advantages of the implementation of a Neat system compared to other manufacturers are the speed of its assembly, configuration and start-up of the solution, as well as its versatility, ease of expansion and excellent value for money ”.

Likewise, the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital is being highly benefited by the reliability of the system and the materials of the equipment, specially designed for effective hygiene.

The Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital is a public health centre, located in the Can Ruti area of Badalona (Barcelona); it is one of the most important hospitals in the autonomous community of Catalonia, being a national benchmark in various areas of health.

This hospital maintains a clear commitment to excellence and professionalism reflected in its mission: “To promote and improve the health and quality of life of the people of our territory through excellent, comprehensive and integrated healthcare, generating and sharing knowledge.”

At Neat and Miray Consulting we are very proud to be able to accompany the health personnel of the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in managing the crisis of the COVID-19 disease and we are committed to continue collaborating with what we have being doing for more than 30 years: offering solutions that help the most fragile and those who most need our support.

Neat at the forefront in the digitalization of telecare services

Plug & Play telecare

The health crisis that both Spain and the world are experiencing requires assistive technology manufacturing companies to take a step forward quickly and forcefully in order to offer telecare service providers professional solutions that protect health and safety of the most vulnerable sector of the population, our elders.
 
Neat has responded to this need with a next-generation solution, its Plug & Play Advanced Digital Telecare System.
 
The installation, configuration and monitoring of digital telecare terminals is carried out remotely thanks to a powerful IoT (Internet of Things) terminal management platform developed by Neat. The user only must plug the device into an electrical outlet and the installer, from a central office, ensures that the system is operational in a matter of minutes.

This responsible advanced telecare initiative allows the massive and remote deployment of terminals in homes and is proving to be very successful in promoting zero contact, since it prevents the installer and the end user from physically coinciding, which completely eliminates the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
 
In addition to the essential advantages of protecting the health and safety of the user, this advanced digital system breaks with the paradigm of traditional social care and opens up a world of possibilities, becoming the ideal highway to offer advanced services, such as analysis of user habits in real time and the prediction of behaviour patterns to design individualized care plans, the creation of connected homes through sensors, push buttons, home automation, location devices, fall detectors, etc. and prevention and monitoring chronic diseases through the integration of telemedicine systems that monitor vital signs.
 
In this same sense, it should be noted that this type of technology collaborates in the provision of inclusive services by allowing care to be taken to more people and to isolated places.
 
However, above all the benefits that Neat’s Advanced Digital Telecare Plug & Play System is capable of offering, there is the most relevant of all: the fact that this technology favours placing people at the centre of the care facilitating providing users with a comprehensive model of social and health services that includes an emotional monitoring service aimed at mitigating the unwanted loneliness that elderly people suffer to a greater extent, especially in circumstances of confinement.
 
Neat technology is a specialist in helping its clients in creating the ideal conditions for the elderly, so that they can meet their real needs: to live in peace, security and autonomy for much longer in their own homes.
 
Neat is an open and innovative company, adapted to the new digital standards, therefore, the Plug & Play System for advanced digital telecare is a modern, efficient solution, guaranteeing safety. The system uses the Social Care Alarm Internet Protocol, SCAIP. This Scandinavian protocol is designed to work with digital communication infrastructures and was implemented to provide greater security, reliability and control when sending information in the social and healthcare sector.
 
Thanks to the high level of satisfaction of service providers and users with digital technology, Neat has become a benchmark both in Spain and internationally. Today, more than 150,000 Neat digital terminals have already been deployed around the world and the number is growing daily.

Neat participated in a virtual meeting called “Digital technologies in nursing homes”

ADD Informática held a webinar in which it convened a group of specialists in the sector to discuss technology and digitalization in nursing homes. The purpose of the event was to join efforts to find residential technological solutions that improve the lives of older people.

The main presentation of the event was given by Robinson Cuadros, geriatrician and president of the Colombian Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Cuadros is one of the leading representatives of geriatric medicine in Colombia and during his talk he showed how new technologies can improve and facilitate management in senior centres.

Also, as a special guest, was attended by Juan Rojas, a Neat client and director of the nursing home Calucé in Colombia, who shared his experience and the peculiar way of managing the nursing home he runs. This nursing home is a pioneer in caring for people respecting their previous personal environment, since this care centre allows residents, for example, to take their pets, furniture and any other belongings of sentimental value to the nursing home.

Likewise, Rojas insisted on the importance of investing in a technology not only aimed at the elderly, but also at the caregiver in order to reinforce both the quality of care and user satisfaction.

Roberto Tortorella, head of sales in Latin America at Neat, participated in the debate, making clear the differences between investment and spending on technology. “An investment has a return over time and an expense is a exchange of money for a service at a certain time,” Tortorella highlighted.

Furthermore, Tortorella commented that “before the investment was made in the construction improvements of the residential buildings, now, the investment is focused on technology since service providers have proven that it is the perfect ally in the care of older people, in addition to recognizing the essential role it has played in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. ”

More than 60 professionals of healthcare sector attended this event.

Neat makes available an assisted living solution that allows securely zoning nursing homes

Professional protection of residents’ health.

Assisted Living 2

The health crisis caused by COVID-19 has brought devastating consequences. The population group most affected by their vulnerability has been the elderly. According to official figures, 60% of those who died of coronavirus in Spain were residents in nursing homes.

After having overcome the hardest stage of the pandemic and faced with the possibility of outbreaks, some Autonomous Communities are considering reinforcing the zoning measures for nursing homes and social health centres in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus without compromising quality in the care of residents. In Castilla y León, for example, the zoning of residences is aimed at enabling a zone free of COVID-19, another for those affected by the coronavirus and one more for quarantine.

Neat joins the urgent purpose of protecting the health of residents and to achieve this, it has made a non-intrusive care solution available to nursing homes. This technology allows residents to be in the area that corresponds to their needs, providing them with greater security and more dignified care.

In addition, this system guarantees essential benefits, for example, through professional and discreet monitoring, it is possible to know the location of the residents, open doors without having to touch the doorknobs, configure permits to access areas and most importantly, both caregivers and residents can send alarms to request assistance.

Thanks to this solution, there would be no need to keep residents isolated in their rooms 24 hours a day, since it would allow them to safely enjoy the designated areas and automatically prohibit them from accessing restricted areas to avoid possible contagion.

Users should only wear a modern alarm transmitter bracelet and caregivers should carry a portable alarm receiver, which gives them total mobility.

At Neat, we will continue working to help manage the coronavirus crisis by doing what we have been doing for more than 30 years: offering solutions that help the most fragile and those who need our support the most.