We have tested Beprevent in the laboratory and we tell you our impressions in the following lines.
The product is formed by a walkway (equipment that facilitates communication) and by the labels that will be associated to the different domestic objects.
The gateway consists of a small electronic device that includes a mobile communications SIM card (such as the one inserted in any mobile phone) to allow data relating to the movement of the tags to be sent. These labels communicate with the gateway through a Bluetooth wireless communication protocol.
The relative or caregiver therefore receives the information related to the movement of the object labels on his own Smartphone through an Android application.
After this small technical introduction, we will learn about the actual operation of the product.
The first impression that the product transmits to us as soon as you open your box is that it has a robust finish and a beautiful design.
First, download the Android application and following the explanations that appear in this application connect the gateway to the electrical network through the USB feeder included in the box. The application can be downloaded in Google Play and installed simply.
To activate the labels, it is necessary to remove the protective plastic from the battery. To do this, one must open each label carefully so as not to force any of the tabs that allow its subsequent closure. The labels have a relatively small size and incorporate a sticker for placement in different objects that in its first days of use has been enough to not take off from the selected objects. Likewise, the labels incorporate a small ring for its placement as a key ring in sets of keys or other similar objects.
Once the labels have been activated, they can be identified in the application by assigning a name to each label of different color. Once identified, from the application we can know the battery level of each label and know at what moment movement has occurred in each of them.
This movement in each tag produces an alert that is sent to the family member's mobile application (which does not necessarily have to be in the same address as the person who moves the tagged objects). These alerts are received in the form of pop-up messages and are also recorded in a history. There may be more than one relative or caregiver associated with each dependent person in such a way that they can receive the alerts in their different mobile terminals.
There is a configurable parameter that indicates how long you want to wait to receive an alarm from the same object that produced an alarm beforehand. This is useful in cases where the object requires a manipulation for a long period of time such as a cane.
In general, it can be said that the installation and configuration process is simple. However, the information provided in the short user manual or the configuration instructions displayed on the mobile application screen could be more extensive and detailed. We miss some explanations regarding the configuration parameters that can be useful for a better use of the product.
Motion detection is quite accurate and sensitive. Reliability is high as there have been no failures in the tests within an area of up to 10 meters without too many obstacles. In case the label fails to communicate with the gateway it has the ability to store the motion detection data for sending once it is connected to it. In this way, connection losses have been detected from 15 meters away from the label to the Gateway.
The application offers some features of interest when analyzing the information produced by the labels. You can know the percentage of use in certain periods of time, and you can set custom alarms for each label based on your activity or inactivity. There is another functional to schedule reminders such as medical appointments, but this is only for the family member or caregiver.
In terms of accessibility from Orientatech we recommend the labeling of the application for use with screen readers for people with vision difficulties.
In summary, Beprevent is an innovative and easy-to-use product. The detection of the movement is reliable in a distance range of about 10 meters which makes it very useful for installation in the main rooms of the house such as the living room or kitchen. In contrast, its use may be more limited for very large homes where you want to monitor objects in all rooms.
· The versatility of placement of labels to identify many actions in different objects.
· The final finish of the product is robust and stylish.
· The reliability of labels at distances of up to 10 meters without major obstacles.
· Labels have difficulty communicating their information from distances greater than 12 meters with obstacles or 18 without obstacles. This is not considered a problem in medium size homes.
· The brief explanations provided in the manual and on the web about the configuration and functionalities of the product.
· It is necessary to continue working on accessibility in the application.