Innovapeme 2019 – Photonic technologies in health

Within the framework of the Innovapeme 2019 call, Insati has the services of the Photonics4Life Research Group (GI-1479) attached to the Department of Applied Physics of the USC to carry out a design and characterisation study of sensors and solid-state light sources (LEDs) and their integration into an integral control solution for lighting in hospital environments.

Photonics4Life is a research group composed of a group of high-level professors specialised in optics and photonics and several doctoral students and post-doctoral collaborators. The group focuses on the application of photonic technologies to address relevant problems in industrial manufacturing, light pollution control and monitoring, imaging and visual optics. The group has a long history of R&D activities funded by EU, Spanish and Galician research programmes, with relevant transfers of results to different social agents in the public and private sectors

With this collaboration, Insati aims to consolidate a line of work oriented towards the application of photonic technologies in the field of health, supported by an expert consultancy that facilitates preliminary design, laboratory tests on the prototypes created by Insati, scientific evidence and proposals for improvement.

Some of the lines of work in which Insati and Photonics4Life have collaborated are

  • Circadian monitoring of exposure to visual and non-visual optical radiation Correctly evaluating, by means of optical sensors, the exposure of patients to electromagnetic radiation in the sensitivity bands of the five retinal photoreceptors, with applications in chronobiology and health.
  • Evaluation of light exposure with effects on the circadian regulation system using smartphones. To provide an approximate assessment of the conditions of exposure of people to light with effects on circadian regulation, using devices commonly used in the general population.
  • Integral control systems for hospital lighting. To provide people who work or are admitted to hospital environments with quality lighting in the different phases of the say/no say cycle, also favouring energy sving.
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