With Stay at Home Orders still in place due to COVID-19, the event industry is in a bit of a stand still. In strong efforts to flatten the curve, most spring and summer events have been cancelled or postponed in order to comply with state and federal guidelines. While we wait and see what future events will hold, we wanted to give a quick overview on a much-anticipated health and wellness conference later this year.

While there is still uncertainty around the what the world will look like come September, the Connected Health Summit released a statement earlier this month that they’re going virtual. Connected Health Summit, a Parks Associates event, is set to host leaders from the connected devices and IoT healthcare solution space for a 3-day executive summit. The event focuses on how the healthcare market can use smart home solutions to improve the quality of life. The agenda covers topics from independent living smart home opportunities, to Artificial Intelligence and personalization in connected health, and more.

As a leader in the wearable device industry and a proponent of aging in place, we are thrilled to sponsor this event. Numera is dedicated to creating advanced, easily implemented technologies that allow monitoring service providers and health-related companies create personal safety, health & wellness tracking, and wellness related social engagement services for their customers.

For more information regarding the event, and for any schedule updates, make sure to visit their website and follow them in real-time on Twitter at @CONN_Health_Smt.

Senior Inside

Aging in place is not only a popular choice for seniors looking to maintain their independence at home, but it also could be the healthiest option as well.

As the national death toll continues to rise due to COVID-19, a new report was released by the Kaiser Family Foundation where the data shows an alarming number of fatalities (in the states who reported numbers), came from long-term care facilities. Out of the 37 states who reported COVID-19 cases, the results showed that there were 128,098 cases of COVID-19 in nursing home facilities. In addition, 33 states shared their statistics regarding fatalities and 38% of those deaths came from long-term care facilities in their respective states. In an article from The Guardian, they break down the numbers and share insights from states around the country.

Care Virtually Anywhere

Now more than ever seniors want to ensure they are able to safely age in place. In our new whitepaper, we show you how our advanced fall detection technology is improving the quality of life for active seniors to enable independence and increase peace of mind. For example, the fall detection technology in our Libris® 2 mobile personal emergency response (MPERS) device recognizes more than 3,000 different fall algorithms — one of the many reasons it’s the most advanced MPERS device on the market today.

Because of our advanced technology, seniors are able to get the help they need quicker. By reading more in our white paper you’ll discover how first responders are able to get to the scene faster to help ensure the safety of loved ones using a Numera® MPERS device.

Learn more today!


Libris® 2 fall detection features advanced technology and cutting-edge science, however, it’s still simple to operate for any end-user. Ko Matsuo is a Product Line Manager for Numera fall detection devices, and we’ve tapped into his healthcare market expertise. He explains how the Libris 2 devices makes ‘aging in place’ possible for seniors. Ko also emphasizes that the response benefits of the Libris 2 device go beyond helping just seniors to people with health issues or lone workers. His insightful answers give dealers information they can use to capture new customer opportunities.

1. How does the Libris 2 MPERS empower seniors?

It allows them to live and age independently. Why is this important? Living independently gives seniors several benefits such as the comfort of being in a familiar environment, the assurance of knowing that belongings are in specific locations, and the freedom of pursuing individual routines and making personal decisions. The Numera Libris 2 device allows people to continue to safely live in their own homes, greatly contributing to a longer, happier and improved quality of life.

2. Other than helping active seniors, what other markets or types of users can benefit from Libris 2 fall detection?

Fall detection is a diverse but specialized market. There is an increasing incidence of chronic disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in which fall detection, in conjunction with real-time medical data can help people manage these conditions. In addition, the advanced fall detection technology in our Libris 2 Mobile Personal Emergency Response System product can also help health care providers manage and decrease emergency room re-admittance, which is the biggest cost for the healthcare system. Finally, there are applications for lone workers, truck drivers, night shift workers, or hospitality workers who may work in dangerous or hazardous environments who need the ability to call for help in case of emergency.

3. Besides physicians and healthcare workers, who else should be recommending the unique fall detection capabilities of the Libris 2 devices to seniors?

Libris 2 fall detection is part of a larger picture that includes the decision to take ownership of aging. The decision must ultimately be made by the individual senior. However, decisions are not made in a vacuum. The largest influencers to seniors often are not professionals in the field, but social groups such as friends and family, as well as information sources such as senior advocacy organizations, media outlets or the internet. The need for fall detection is usually triggered by an event, which creates concern or worry. Often, the combination of real events in conjunction with close social pressure and supporting information is what convinces a senior to take ownership of their aging and embrace technologies such as maintaining mobility and independence from the fall detection capabilities in the Libris 2 MPERS.

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Want to learn more about the technology behind the Libris 2? Read the latest post from Jenny Sheep, Senior Software Engineer for Numera.

Answering Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

The Numera® Libris® 2 MPERS offers the industry’s best mobile personal emergency response system with the most accurate fall detection and location services built in. Using the information from various advanced fall algorithm technologies, the Libris 2 pendant enables monitoring operators, responders, and caregivers to know what type of help is needed so they can administer it faster.

But, there’s even more to recommend in these mobile safety devices. We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions below in order to give you the information you need on MPERS, the benefits of using Libris 2 devices, and how the product can ultimately make a senior MPERS user feel safer and more secure in the comfort of their home.

What is an MPERS device and how does it work?
A Mobile Personal Emergency Response System, or MPERS, is a small, lightweight pendant that users can wear around their neck, wrist or on a belt. It works by using a powerful combination of the latest technologies allowing the wearer to have two-way voice communication directly through the pendant. An MPERS device also has the ability to automatically alert an operator along with their GPS location when an emergency occurs such as a fall, heart attack, stroke or home burglary.

How can caregivers receive notifications from loved ones using an MPERS device?
To help put a family’s mind at ease, an MPERS device provides the peace-of-mind knowing a loved one can get help 24/7. With MPERS, a senior is able to quickly communicate with a live, well-trained operator who can take the appropriate action based on the situation. The Everthere™ portal also allows caregivers the ability to log in and get device and location information.

Is the Libris 2 MPERS easy to use?
Operating the device is simplified with one-button operation, or through the automatic call feature without the need to press a button. Besides being easy to charge with its 48-hour rechargeable battery, it is simple to set up right out of the box. And, it features an integrated loudspeaker and microphone that eases voice contact.

Can MPERS alert first responders even if the person is unable to speak or is too far from the system base station?
There are circumstances that prevent a person from communicating verbally. The MPERS is able to transmit an alarm even if the operator cannot speak directly to the wearer, they still can immediately notify the right first responder agencies. Plus, MPERS features integrated GPS technology so the wearer can be located as necessary.

What if the MPERS user lives in a more remote area, will they still be able to get emergency help?
The mobile connectivity aspect of an MPERS device means a senior or someone who lives alone has access to help virtually anywhere. Using the same, reliable 4G LTE cellular service you rely on with your smartphone, MPERS connectivity coverage is nationwide. Fully-staffed response centers are available to dispatch help no matter where a person is located – they are always connected in case of an emergency.

How does the Libris 2 MPERS enable seniors to age in place?
The Numera Libris 2 personal emergency response and health monitoring device is designed to assist seniors and others to age-in-place. With features that include fall detection, GPS, emergency alerts with 2-way voice capabilities and remote monitoring 24/7, seniors can stay in their homes and not at a nursing home facility. In addition, the health and wellness of these seniors can be checked by monitoring stations, managed care facilities, and caregivers through remote portals, which provide device status and geo-location. This functionality enables seniors to enjoy a longer and more independent life.

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If you’re interested in learning more about MPERS or how you can become a Libris 2 device-certified dealer, register here.

The Libris® 2 fall-detection pendants are not only giving seniors and lone workers an added feeling of safety and independence, they’re also backed by powerful technology, making it the most advanced MPERS in the industry. Jenny Sheep, a Senior Software Engineer for Numera® personal emergency response devices, details the integrated technology features behind the Libris 2 pendants. Jenny focuses on the importance of designing for accuracy and how she and her team have achieved just that in the Libris 2 pendant. Her data points make compelling sales messages helping dealers to easily highlight the advantages of state-of-the-art fall detection.

1. What advancements make the Libris 2 devices the best fall detection MPERS device on the market?
We have developed fall detection technology based on actual human falls, which is a significant strength that lets us constantly improve the Libris 2 pendant. The Libris 2 device also features pinpoint GPS location technology as well as three different integrated sensors compared other devices that have more limited fall detection capabilities. Not only do these sensors help determine a fall’s impact to the wearer, but they capture an immense amount of data. We then use this information to perform cloud-based analysis and apply it to the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques that allow us to better identify a wide range of fall categories. There are an infinite number of different fall scenarios that a person can experience so the data we gather is vital to advancing the accuracy of our fall algorithms.

2. Why is accurate fall detection monitoring so important?
The level of fall detection accuracy means the Libris 2 pendant can provide as little false positives as possible, but more critical is that accuracy eliminates false negatives so that 100 percent of falls are identified. The Libris 2 fall-detection pendant has a 90 percent accuracy rate and recognizes more than 3,000 different fall algorithms. The bottom line is that precise information on a fall enables monitoring services and emergency personnel to respond faster and with the right equipment to handle the situation giving the wearer an increased sense of security.

3. What do Numera product engineers learn from real human falls vs. computer simulations?
Real human falls are very different from computer simulations as there are multiple scenarios and circumstances surrounding an individual fall that cannot be accounted for in a simulation. We learn a great deal from these varying scenarios. How did the person fall and for what reason? Did physical surroundings, temperature, underlying health conditions or another situation contribute to the fall? And, we have found that different people can fall differently under the same scenario. We are continually using volunteers to record complete scenarios – from its initiation to the final fall and model it. This direct type of field and lab analysis allows us to constantly enhance the algorithms in the Libris 2 devices to precisely detect the type and severity of a fall.

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Want to see more on who benefits from Libris 2? Check out our latest post from Product Line Manager Ko Matsuo.

Libris 2 MPERS

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, November 12, 2019 – To help mobile health and wellness dealers grow their business, Nortek Security & Control LLC today announced the appointment of five new monitoring service providers for the Numera® Libris® 2 – the next generation of its popular mobile personal emergency response, fall detection solution (mPERS). The new service providers include the National Monitoring Center (NMC) in Lake Forest, California; Lifesafety/STAAR Alert/ASA in Munhall, Pennsylvania; Towne Monitoring in Souderton, Pennsylvania; Statewide Monitoring in Staten Island, New York; and AMR/Life365 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Libris 2 MPERS“Numera now partners with more monitoring stations than ever before. This is important to our dealer base, as it lets them select the monitoring station with the right terms, pricing and staff to best fit their needs,” said Michael Pirie, Nortek Security & Control Vice President of Health & Wellness. “Ultimately, this helps them deliver the best service possible to their customers and families.”

The new service providers specifically support the recently-introduced Numera® Libris® 2 mPERS, which includes a number of important features, including advanced automatic fall detection, free-fall recognition, and 3-dimensional space analysis. Its voice recognition capabilities enable far-field recognition and a potential target range of 10-11 feet. The new Libris 2 mPERS ships with 4G/LTE support, and its new technology delivers clear communication made possible with its new microphone and speaker. Users can also enjoy enhanced commands, including LIBRIS® Help, Power Off, and volume controls.

Libris 2 MPERS

“Our dealers have asked for more choice in selecting monitoring stations,” added John Carpenter, Vice President of Channel Engagement for Numera. “And of course, this helps more seniors successfully age in place while providing their families with more peace-of-mind.”

In addition to these new monitoring stations, Numera service providers include VRI Cares in Franklin, Ohio; Rapid Response Monitoring in Syracuse, New York; Guardian Medical Monitoring in Southfield, Michigan; and Security Central, American Two-Way in North Hollywood, California.


Catalyst is the largest PERS conference in the United States.  Focused exclusively on growing your business, Catalyst provides you with the sales and marketing techniques that you need.

The sessions at Catalyst will leave you with concrete takeaways that will help you grow your business now. Our speaker list includes thought leaders in sales and marketing, with a focus on seniors and their unique needs. Come to Catalyst for fresh perspective and new ideas tailored to our industry and the challenges you face today.

Responding to the needs of users aged 65 and older, AlarmCare Go provides security and peace of mind to seniors and family caregivers through an affordable personal safety monitor…

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The Home Health Tech Summit, 2017, takes place March 26-28 2016. Our own Matt Campbell and his team will be hosting the Numera booth at the event. Matt and the team will share the latest news from Numera Libris product development, as well as some exceptionally interesting insights from our latest consumer study. 

You can come by our booth to test our products and accessories, see how our NEW VitalConnect cloud service works or just network. We would love to see you there. 

Technology can offer peace of mind for patients and families, even from a distance

By Matt Campbell

No matter the age, we’re always adjusting to new lifestyles. Whether changing a work schedule, moving to a new city or retiring, the progression of our lives takes us into new experiences and habits.

One thing remains constant as we age—our desire to remain healthy and safe. A growing population of seniors is looking for ways to stay in their homes and remain independent longer.

Compared to living in assisted care or with a family member, living alone can put seniors at increased risk for falls either in their home or out during daily activities, which may prevent them from confidently living an active lifestyle. According to a study from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, emergency rooms see a fall victim over the age of 65 every 13 seconds. To help seniors with this transition, advanced technology is now available that can help them do it safely.

This technology enables the elderly to remain at home longer while still continuing to live active lives with the peace of mind that help is at hand in the event of a fall or other health emergency. Mobile personal emergency response systems (mPERS) and medical monitoring allow seniors to live independently and connect so they can have assistance when needed and keep in touch with their loved one’s activities through notifications. Though the concept of a personal safety device isn’t new, the use of advanced fall detection technology and the advent of the cloud, along with better wearable designs have modernized this solution and made it more useful and appealing.

These systems can be used by seniors who are living alone but can also be beneficial to those who are living with family and still at risk for a fall. With an mPERS pendant, the emergency response capability provides fast assistance in case of a fall or health emergency when seniors are home alone and allows their caregivers to know that their loved ones are safe even when they are not with them.

There are different types of devices that seniors can choose from to allow them to maintain their daily activities independently while help is still close by; most of these will include emergency response monitoring from a call center and fall-detection sensors that will automatically notify the call center. But the quality and precision of this system is crucial, because an inadequate fall detection technology can sometimes send false alarms—activated simply when the device is placed on a table—to cause worry and stress to both the user and their caregiver. To prevent this from happening, wearable devices have evolved to include advanced fall-detection technology that can analyze input from different sensors. An example of a device with this technology is the Numera Libris mPERS, which is available across the United States through security dealers and monitoring service partner resellers.

The aging population and increased desire to live at home later in life is not being ignored—many manufacturers, homecare providers and elder care experts are looking at ways of mitigating risks for this group. Included in that mix is nationwide monitoring facility Dynamark Security Centers, a security monitoring service—but Dynamark saw an opportunity go to beyond traditional home security to help seniors and their families with their emergency response services through an mPERS device. Because Dynamark Security Centers understood the importance of quality fall-detection technology for their aging-in-place program, they rigorously tested a myriad of device options to ensure that they can provide the best fall detection and emergency response capability to their customers and clients. Hank Groff, Senior VP of Sales and Business Development for Dynamark Security Centers, shared insight about their trial process, “In the trial we were testing the unit to determine whether [the Libris] had all the standards we look for. We tested two or three others, which didn’t meet our standards.”

Groff explained how other mPERS devices do not always have sufficient algorithms to differentiate between a fall where emergency response was required and other events, such as a patient lying down for a nap. This can create user fatigue, where the device becomes a nuisance to both the senior who is using the technology and the caregiver team.

Groff pointed out that an mPERS unit has to work well, or it doesn’t serve the user in providing peace of mind. In fact, it can create unnecessary anxiety about the unit working properly.
At the conclusion of their device testing, Dynamark Security Centers chose the Numera Libris, an mPERS device with fall detection, emergency response and cloud activity tracking. The features that were important in this device included the advanced fall detection technology that has a lesser chance of reporting a false alarm, and the capability of two-way communication anywhere using 3G cellular service. If a fall occurs, the wearer can communicate with a security center representative through the device, and their caregivers can be notified of the fall. This provides protection for their activities outside of the home such as exercising, shopping and socializing with friends.

An additional feature that caregivers can take advantage of in mPERS products is cloud services. These services can include GPS location, recent device activity (i.e., low battery status) and notifications to a caregiver’s phone or email when a fall occurs. This facilitates communication and involvement of caregivers, including families who live far from each other or their loved one, so they can be involved in their loved one’s care and participate without intrusion of privacy. This feature also makes the device applicable for other uses; for example, those who may be at risk for a fall or other health emergencies from a chronic condition. The mPERS device allows them to live independently and safely, with connection to emergency services and their caregivers for added peace of mind.

An mPERS pendant enables seniors to live independently as they age, with support from their family, friends and caregivers. Not everyone needs to be in assisted care simply because of the threat of a fall, and mPERS pendants help bridge the gap between being cautious of these dangers and needing full-time care. Since starting their national mPERS program, Dynamark Security Centers has seen how it can grow in just a few years, and that there is opportunity for the security and alarm market to extend their businesses with these types of programs.

After seeing how this partnership worked, it affirms our understanding of the opportunity that mPERS systems bring to seniors, caregivers and others managing chronic conditions. Instead of jumping right into assisted care, technologies that are available and continuing to develop allow seniors to age in place with protection in their own home and connection to their own care team and family. But the choice of technology is important in order to create a lasting impact where the user feels comfortable wearing the device, and the family or caregivers feel comfortable with the information they are receiving.

The most important thing to a family with aging or ill loved ones at home is knowing they feel safe and well-taken care of, and with today’s fast-paced society, having personal emergency technology that is responsive, adaptive and accessible is a game changer.

Originally published in HomeCare Magazine