ETRI Spearheads Global Standardization for Wearable Healthcare Devices

The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has made significant strides in advancing global standards for wearable healthcare devices. Researchers at ETRI have successfully published two key international standards aimed at evaluating measurement accuracy in wearable devices, particularly focusing on health and wellness functionalities such as step counting and heart rate monitoring. These standards, endorsed by the International Electrotechnical Commission, provide standardized test methods essential for ensuring the reliability and precision of basic physical activity measurements, addressing a longstanding gap in the industry.

ETRI's initiative marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of wearable healthcare technology, fostering a global common criterion for assessing the performance of such devices. Through collaborative efforts with major domestic companies, ETRI has not only developed these standards but also paved the way for future advancements in wearable healthcare, including applications such as sleep monitoring and diagnosis of sleep disorders. By establishing a framework for standardized testing and certification, ETRI aims to bolster the wearable industry while stimulating growth in related markets for testing, evaluation, and certification services. As ETRI continues to lead the charge in international standardization efforts, it underscores a commitment to advancing health management technologies for the betterment of global public health.

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