Safer custody: camera-based vital sign alarms will save lives

Police Cellsource: Real Wire
published: 21 June 2016

Oxehealth, the first company in the world to bring a medical-grade, contact-free vital sign monitoring system using digital video cameras to market, will be launching its technology at IFSEC International this week.

Publically exhibited in a cell setting for the first time outside of Oxford, and in collaboration with globally renowned partners Hanwha Techwin, Oxecam software promises to transform the safety and care of detainees and patients in secure room environments.

Cameras equipped with the Oxecam software can measure vital signs including heart and breathing rate anywhere in a room and totally contact free, using normal digital video camera sensors.

The technology has been clinically validated at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford and has undergone extensive real world trials in field tests at the Broadmoor psychiatric NHS hospital and with a leading UK Police Force.

In 2015, 30 people died in police custody and a further 256 died in prisons in England and Wales – deaths that may have been preventable with the right solutions in place.

A death in custody is not only a human tragedy: self-inflicted deaths can cost as much as £3 million[1], and with prison suicides at a seven year high, it’s a problem that’s rapidly intensifying.

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