We have tested Beprevent in the laboratory and we tell you our impressions in the following lines.
The product consists of a catwalk (equipment that facilitates communication) and the labels that will be associated with the different household objects.
The gateway consists of a small electronic equipment that includes a SIM card for mobile communications (like the one that is inserted in any mobile phone) to allow the data related to the movement of the labels to be sent. These tags communicate with the gateway using a Bluetooth wireless communication protocol.
The family member or caregiver therefore receives the information regarding the movement of the object labels on their own Smartphone through an Android application.
After this short technical introduction, we get to know the actual operation of the product.
The first impression that the product gives us as soon as we open its box is that it has a robust finish and a beautiful design.
First, we download the Android application and following the explanations that appear in said application, we connect the gateway to the electrical network through the USB power supply included in the box. The application can be downloaded from Google Play and installed easily.
To activate the labels, it is necessary to remove the protective plastic from the battery, for this, each label must be opened one by one carefully so as not to force any of the tabs that allow its subsequent closure. The labels are relatively small in size and incorporate a sticker for placement on different objects, which in the first days of use has been sufficient so that they do not come off the selected objects. Likewise, the labels incorporate a small ring for 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 different colored label. Once identified, from the application we can know the battery level of each label and know when there has been movement 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 moving 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 family member or caregiver associated with each dependent person in such a way that they can receive the alerts on 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 previously produced an alarm. This is useful in cases where the object requires 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 certain explanations regarding the configuration parameters that may be useful for a better use of the product.
Motion detection is quite accurate and sensitive. Reliability is high as there have been no test failures within an area of up to 10 meters without too many obstacles. In the event that the tag cannot communicate with the gateway, it has the ability to store the motion detection data to send it once it manages to connect with it. In this way, connection losses have been detected from a distance of 15 meters from the tag to the gateway.
The application offers some useful functionalities 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 tag based on its activity or inactivity. There is another function to schedule reminders such as medical appointments, but this is only intended for the family member or caregiver.
In terms of accessibility, from Orientatech we recommend labeling the application for use with screen readers for people with vision difficulties.
In short, Beprevent is an innovative and easy-to-use product. Motion detection 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.
- Label placement versatility to identify many actions on different objects.
- The final finish of the product is robust and stylized.
- The reliability of the labels at distances of up to 10 meters without major obstacles.
- The tags have difficulties in communicating their information from distances greater than 12 meters with obstacles or 18 without obstacles, which is not considered a major inconvenience for medium-sized 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.