January 19th, 2011 12:18 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Chris A. Otto, Chairman and CEO of Halo Monitoring
Chris A. Otto has over ten years of engineering design and technology management experience; and has brought over thirty unique technology products to market. He is the cofounder and CEO of Halo Monitoring, a technology healthcare company serving independently living elderly adults. Halo`s flagship product, myHaloTM, is a wearable fall detection and health monitoring system that offers a direct alternative to existing medical alarm systems currently requiring users to press a panic button. " The myHalo system is unique in that it can detect events automatically, such as a fall, without having to press a button.
Chris cofounded Halo Monitoring after examining the state of tools available for his own mother who was providing care for his grandmother in 2006. Chris had been a pioneer in wireless sensor networks for ambulatory health monitoring; had published a number of related articles in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings; as well as published a Master`s thesis on this subject. His work has been recognized as a leading effort in the field of Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) for ambulatory health monitoring. Halo Monitoring was founded with the mission to utilize wearable technology for human fall detection and the ubiquity of the Internet to engage caregivers with friendly, interactive web-based tools for caring for aging parents.
Before cofounding Halo Monitoring, Chris worked as a senior design engineer for Lewis Innovative Technologies and Adtran, both in the field of voice and data communications. An excellent speaker, Chris recently presented at the National Institutes of Health, Healthcare Unbound, the UCLA Conference on Aging, the ASA East Coast Conference on Aging, the ACM Southeast Conference, and the 3rd IEEE/EMBS International Summer School on Medical Devices and Biosensors. He is the recipient of awards for the advancement of senior wireless technology and the 2009 Technology Innovation Award presented by the Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology.
Chris holds two issued patents and nine pending patents in the fields of ambulatory health monitoring, wireless networks, data communications, and motion signal processing (including human fall detection). He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville.
About Halo Monitoring:
Halo Monitoring`s products assure security for seniors and peace of mind for their caregivers. The advanced myHalo system is the first medical alarm that sends an automatic alert- no need to push a button- in the event of a fall. While most medical alarms are only able to react to an emergency, myHalo is the first system of its kind to provide 24/7 activity and health monitoring. Seniors get proactive care when they need it, while remaining independent.