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Significantly improved hearing – hearing aids now have a direct TV and audio connection.
Nowadays, one scarcely notices if someone is wearing a hearing aid: the latest models are in-ear solutions. Smart filters that filter background frequencies out of the signal and amplify speech enable the minicomputers to compensate for shortcomings. The smaller the structure, the more problematic it becomes: we are working on accommodating maximum battery life within the tiniest of spaces. The next step is networking: it will soon be possible to control settings via an app, mobile phones and other Bluetooth devices take the direct route with their audio signal being fed straight in.
Protecting the exacting standards in pharmaceutical production is a challenge. We have accepted this challenge and developed the rights management system for the production plants operated by one of Europe’s biggest manufacturers. Who is allowed to do what, and when? More than 60 software programs now ensure hermetic security. Besides bits and bytes it's our expertise where we score – in an entirely different threat area: the air in the production plants. The answer is bespoke clean room construction. In conjunction, this ensures that pharmaceutical products contain only what it says on the contents leaflet.
Increasing operating theatre workload: How can we ensure that every incision is in the right place? One answer is novel assistance systems. We are developing software and interfaces for high-tech operating theatre assistants which, based on whole body scans, are opening up a whole new level of customisation and precision – e.g. endoprosthetics. This entails the doctor guiding a machine arm that receives real-time feedback from integrated navigation software, providing the surgeon with a continuous and very accurate overview of the area to be operated on. The result: even the most challenging operations present fewer complications.
Drugs are only really safe if they cannot be abused and can also be kept safe from children. We are already preparing the existing production facilities for new, shockproof and water resistant tablets. Specially wrapped packaging such as this prevents incorrect or inexpert administration and facilitates successful treatment. The next step goes even further: a series of drugs which simply become non-effective in the event of a maximum dose already being present within the body.