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Next generation smart shirt powered by 5G

A combination of bio parameters that have never before all been detected by textile sensors is enabled.

5th July 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Barcelona, Spain


ZTE and its Italian partners introduced the 5G-enabled YouCare smart shirt at the Mobile World Congress 2021 held in Barcelona, Spain, from June 28th to July 1st.

As a Chinese provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices and enterprise technology solutions, ZTE sells its products and services in more than 160 countries and is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges.

According to a recent report, Challenges and Prospects for China’s Telecommunications Industry and Intellectual Property Market by investment management company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), it is among the largest developers of global 5G standards with a patented technology value of around $7 billion.

As a new remote health monitoring technology, the YouCare smart shirt is said to enable the detection of a combination of bio parameters that have never before all been detected by textile sensors, such as a “real” electrocardiogram, a respiratory act analysis, the components of sweat, muscle effort and body temperature. The shirt allows the transmission of data via ZTE’s ultra-fast 5G connection and is a fully textile-based product with no metal components that is washable and easy to use.

The YouCare smart shirt.

“It is an invention that will change the life and the quality of home and remote medical assistance for many citizens experiencing health problems and vulnerable people suffering from chronic diseases, ensuring accessibility to care services and the support of our national and international network,” said Francesco Rocca, chairman of the Italian Red Cross which has worked with ZTE on the development since 2018.

Certified as a Medical Device, the YouCare shirt is based on the predictive algorithms for cardiovascular disorders of BSP-Medical a world leader in the field of medical data science located in Hunan, China, and Tel Aviv, Israel.

Beginning this Autumn, ZTE will initiate further 5G testing of the YouCare at its Innovation and Research Centre located in L’Aquila, Italy, with local company Accyourate.

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