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First-Of-Its-Kind System Launches in Hawaii

Worldwide, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, killing 17.9 million people every year — a number that’s expected to grow past 23.6 million by 2030. About 80 percent of these deaths are from heart attack and stroke.

To raise awareness, February is proclaimed Heart Health Awareness Month in the United States. It seemed only fitting that the Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division launched a new state of the art AED Cabinet Alert System at Daniel K. International Airport (HNL) on “Heart Day” (Valentine’s Day) this past month.

The first of its kind and designed in collaboration by Teldio, AED Institute of America and JHL Integrations, this new defibrillator alarm system will immediately notify key personnel of an AED cabinet door opening or an AED being removed.

“This new technology gives us a chance to track when these cabinets are open, but more importantly, when the machines are actually used”, said Pamela Foster, President and Owner of the AED Institute of America.

Pamela Foster, a registered nurse who worked most of her career in the emergency department, launched the AED Institute of America in 2004, with a hope to educate the community and promote early bystander CPR and the use of AEDs in public settings.

Since 2006, there have been more than 80 cardiac arrests throughout the State of Hawaii Airports. More than 80% have received bystander CPR and the immediate use of public access AEDs prior to arrival of our professional responders.

Our CEO, Peter Kuciak, attended the February 14 launch celebrations at the Honolulu Airport. A very powerful moment was when Pamela Foster spoke to the photos of survivors that were displayed in heart shape.

In a cardiac arrest, every second counts. That cardiac arrest needs to be recognized. 911 needs to be called. Someone needs to respond, start compressions immediately and the faster that AED is attached the more chance of survival.

It’s been our pleasure working with Pamela Foster and her team at the AED Institute of America as well as JHL Integrations to bring this project to life, and this pilot is just the beginning of a longstanding partnership. Pending funding, the plan is to install these new AED alarm systems at all other state airports this year, and use cases are not limited to airports only.

According to Hawaii AED Laws & Legislation, every city building and newly constructed building must have installed and maintained therein automated external defibrillators. At least one automated external defibrillator that is accessible to residents, employees, and the public, as applicable, must be placed on each floor level.

As Pamela pointed out, in emergency situations every second counts. What if critical assets get moved without knowledge? Asset tracking solutions could increase productivity, reduce costs, and – of course – save lives by issuing real time alerts to ensure that the missing assets can be retrieved or replaced.

While onsite in Hawaii, Peter visited other airports, cruise ports, commercial harbours, etc. to better be able to assess the opportunities that await us, not to mention driving in a massive fire truck down the Maui airport runway!

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