Kaspard: Automatic fall detection in hospitals and residential care facilities!

Using a small device installed on the ceiling, Kaspard detects unusual movements in hospitals or residential care facilities. Think of a fall, or when someone is out of bed for an abnormally long period of time. The monitoring is done in a non-intrusive, non-contact way. If something goes wrong, the system automatically sends an alarm to the healthcare staff.

A bit of a revolution in fall detection for the elderly and those with walking difficulties, Kaspard is in fact particularly effective in detecting accidents usually caused by a fall. It does this with full respect of privacy of the people being monitored.

Business owner Philippe Kaplan is an expert in business development and international growth, with a passion for technology. He saw a strong need in Europe for a solution for the elderly, to ensure safety – especially at night. In 2017, his idea gained momentum. Within three months, he created a prototype of Kaspard which was immediately tested in six care centers. A mere three years later, Kaspard was finalized and ready for use.

In the same year as its release in 2020, Kaspard won a prestigious competition as the best fall detection system. The competition was organized by Korian – a major Belgian and European player in care facilities. Since then, there has been a lot of interest, locally and abroad. Today, the smart system has found its way into major markets such as France and Germany – with other European countries soon to follow.

The many benefits of fall detection

Kaspard is one of the many pioneering tech startups in Brussels. With its innovative technology, the company is contributing to the economic transition in the Brussels-Capital Region. The benefits of this system are many: fewer accidents which means less emergency care and rehabilitation. In this way, the system contributes to cost savings within the health care sector – including at the Brussels CPAS.

There is not only the financial aspect to consider, though. Kaspard gives more autonomy back to people who are less mobile. It also reduces the pressure on nursing staff in hospitals and residential care facilities. Lastly, Kaspard works with Artificial Intelligence – that means the system independently analyses and recognizes patterns. In this way, the system can work ever better and more accurately to provide greater comfort for the elderly, patients and care staff.