Amsterdam-based Royal Philips has expanded its senior living product portfolio by acquiring Menlo Park, CA-based Blue Willow Systems, developer of a cloud-based senior living community resident safety platform, Philips announced Wednesday. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Blue Willow Systems, according to Philips, complements Philips’ existing CarePoint 6.0 senior living platform by providing the company’s customers with new solutions for resident and staff management with a software-as-a-service business model, as well as added functionality such as Bluetooth-enabled wearable devices and access points, real-time location tracking and enterprise reporting.

Blue Willow Systems’ resident safety platform manages resident wandering with personalized wander boundaries, automatically detects falls, analyzes real-time resident and staff activity, and automatically sends event alerts to both mobile and desktop devices. The platform also provides incident and trend reports.

Philips also has teamed with wireless sensor networks company Inovonics, and as a result, Philips’ CarePoint 6.0 platform now is capable of monitoring Inovonics’ devices as well as Philips’ Lifeline devices.

“To enhance the quality of care and cope with rising demand, senior living communities are increasingly seeking to modernize their infrastructure, participate in more care settings, and better support residents through data,” said Ripley Martin, business leader of Philips Aging & Caregiving, explaining the reasoning behind the acquisition of Blue Willow Systems and collaboration with Inovonics.

Philips will be displaying its senior living resident safety solutions Oct. 28 to 31 at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia.

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