Qualcomm, Telcare Connect Blood Glucose Meters Using 3G

Telcare will use a Qualcomm 3G module to connect its upcoming 3GM blood glucose meter, which will send readings to family members or physicians, the company said on Tuesday.

The 3GM is currently available as a prototype and Telcare is planning to conduct clinical trials in the U.S. during 2011. Diabetes is a growing health problem and connecting meters stand to improve better control and management of the disease and also lower costs, according to Telcare. Connected meters are especially helpful for parents and family members looking after diabetic children and elderly people, it said.

Telcare will demonstrate the 3GM and its other products at Qualcomm's stand at the Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place in Las Vegas Thursday through Sunday.

The 3GM uses Qualcomm's Internet of Everything machine-to-machine module, which has been developed to put wireless connectivity in a variety of products, including cameras, vending machines and cars. The module measures 21-by-22-by-4.5 millimeters. Besides 3G, it also comes with integrated GPS, Bluetooth and accelerometers, according to a presentation on Qualcomm's website.

Vendors and operators in the telecom sector have high hopes for machine-to-machine communications. For example, in November, a task force led by industry organization GSM Association was formed to take a look at how SIM cards embedded in non-phone devices can be remotely programmed and activated, in an effort to expand the use of mobile broadband.

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