24/7 monitoring of skin temperature
With viQtor, our 24-hour monitoring solution, we measure, among other things, the skin temperature. We do this with a temperature sensor in our wearable for the upper arm. This allows the skin temperature to be read remotely. The measurement is automatic and completely painless.
When the skin temperature increases or decreases or is constantly high or low, viQtor gives a notification. By taking the right action immediately, damage to the body can be prevented.
- The normal temperature of human skin on the trunk of the body varies between 33.5 and 36.9 ° C
- Each body part has a different skin temperature. In addition, various factors influence the skin temperature
- viQtor also measures other vital signs and activity level. The combination of skin temperature and other measurements provides valuable information about the wearer's well-being
- A measurement is performed every minute, the values are sent directly to our platform every 5 minutes
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Why do we measure skin temperature?
Our body temperature must remain within a modest range and only slightly above or below the normal temperature of 37°C. Body temperatures above 40.5 degrees and below 33.5 degrees can cause serious health problems.
There are two types of body temperature: the core temperature (in the interior of your body) and the skin temperature.
The core temperature (also called core temperature) is the temperature in the chest cavity, abdomen and head: the places where the vital organs are located. The core temperature is controlled by the brain. The core can absorb or release heat through the skin.
If the core temperature is too high, blood vessels in the skin widen and the body can release heat. If the temperature is too low, the blood vessels will constrict to prevent heat from passing through.
The skin temperature is the temperature of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and muscles. The normal temperature of human skin on the trunk of the body varies between 33.5 and 36.9 ° C. Each body part has a different body temperature.
There are several factors that can affect skin temperature:
- The temperature of the environment
- Proximity to superficial veins
- The place of the measurement
- Measurement at rest or during activity
Although it is not a clear indicator of internal body temperature, (a change in) skin temperature is a possible signal for fever, infection or illness. The skin temperature, in combination with other vital values or after a detected fall, for example, provides valuable information about the wearer's well-being.
Skin temperature measurement via viQtor
viQtor, our 24-hour monitoring solution, is worn on the upper arm. viQtor measures vital values with optical sensors. The skin temperature is measured 24 hours a day with a temperature sensor.
viQtor also measures activity level. On the viQtor platform, the measured temperature is related to, for example, the heart rate and the activity level. All data together give a good picture of the wearer's well-being.
Monitor skin temperature remotely
viQtor performs a measurement every minute. Every 5 minutes, the newly measured values are sent directly via Vodafone's secure NB-IoT/LTE Cat M1 network to our platform in the cloud. The measurements are analyzed on this platform and then stored securely and pseudonymised. The platform is linked to an online dashboard and an app. Healthcare professionals and informal carers can consult the information there.
Information security is of paramount importance to smartQare. We want to be sure that all data within our company cannot fall into the wrong hands. Laura Pomstra, together with our security officer, is now working on obtaining NEN7510 and ISO27001...
Our team is constantly refining and developing the medical technology behind viQtor. In this process, we also receive support from students. For example, last year Frank Boon, Head of Research, could count on Simone de Jonge, a student at the Tech...