Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Humidity and Temperature Monitoring at the 2012 Olympics

Inside the London Velodrome
What’s not to love about the Olympics? Athletes performing at peak level, people and countries united in the spirit of competition, and, of course, lots of good television to watch around the clock for two weeks. Countries and cities interested in hosting the summer or winter games typically invest incredible amounts of money into infrastructure, planning, and new, state-of-the-art venues. As this BBC article discusses, London was no exception to this for 2012, and temperature and humidity monitoring play a big part in arenas like the bicycle Velodrome.

Amazingly, as the article mentions, outdoor weather factors play a huge role in the indoor environment of the Velodrome. Moreso than standard temperature and humidity, air pressure and air density of the outside air can make huge differences in the indoor air characteristics – and so can affect cyclist performances and outcomes. Things like weather systems and outside temperature affect those readings, as well as the temperature and humidity inside the dome, which is where monitoring systems come into play. Keeping an eye on those two readings will give trainers and competitors a good idea of what kind of air density they’re dealing with. What’s more, detailed recording of different training and competition environments can help with future training as well.

Here at Devar, we offer just that type of world-class quality monitoring equipment as well. Be sure to visit our site to learn more.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Medical Monitoring Continues to Save Lives

One of the most critical times in the treatment of cardiac arrest victims is the several minutes between calling 911 and the arrival of first responders, and then the transport of the patient to a hospital. As this Wall Street Journalarticle discusses, advances in medical technology are helping to make those minutes productive ones, rather than tense ones that can often feel like a waiting game. From automatic chest compressors to patient body temperature reducers – which can help preserve brain function when oxygen is cut off – these devices and the skilled paramedics who use them are a key part of exponentially improving chances of survival and recovery.

To us at Devar, though, the technology that most stood out to us was the digital transmission system used to communicate with the destination hospital, sending electrocardiogram (ECG) results ahead of the ambulance, so that upon arrival, the victim is ready to be treated. These few extra minutes of assessment and treatment can make a huge difference. Remote telemetry and monitoring are hugely important parts of the continuing evolution of health care, and these advances are among the most exciting in recent memory. For more information on medical monitoring, contact Devar today.