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35 compete for places in team Etisalat’s diabetes ride across Europe

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, July 03 - 2013 @ 12:44

“Gathering and transmitting healthcare data wirelessly demonstrates that mobile phone technology can be used in the remote diagnosis, treatment and long-term monitoring of this debilitating disease in hospitals all over the world,” said Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group.

“Etisalat Group is backing this worthy effort to promote wellbeing with all of our technology and innovation, and by supporting initiatives such as this.”

After the event, eight will be selected to participate in the mHealth Grand Tour, a Brussels to Barcelona cycling challenge whose goals are to raise awareness of diabetes and showcase mobile health solutions.

Riders who will be cycling the entire challenge will be invited to volunteer to help collect data in a ‘first-of-its-kind’ live clinical study focusing on the effects of multi-day exercise on glycaemia and hypoglycaemic levels in people with Type 1 diabetes and others without the disease.

The volunteers will wear the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor, which attaches to the skin and transmits data wirelessly over ANT+. During the ride itself, they will also use a bio-harness to capture their heart rates and an ANT+ enabled bike computer to capture cycling statistics. All of these devices will transmit their statistics via ANT+ both to the riders’ smartphones, enabling them to track their health and performance in real time, and to an M2M (machine-to-machine) module. The M2M module will then transmit all data over mobile broadband to the cloud, for display on a Web portal and for later analysis by the research team.

“These candidates from our international operations have volunteered to take part in this demanding tour, covering five European countries,” said Abdul Aziz Ahmed Saleh Al Sawaleh, Chief Human Resources Officer at Etisalat Group.

“They embody the personal dedication of the Etisalat workforce as a whole.”

In the first challenge, the candidates completed eight laps of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit and on July 3 they will undertake further physical and team assessment challenges at the operator’s Etisalat Academy training facilities in Dubai. Eight will be selected to cycle through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Spain in the 2,100-kilometre GSMA mHealth (mobile health) Grand Tour.

The event is being presented by the GSM Association, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, in partnership with the International Diabetes Federation European Region to raise awareness of diabetes and promote mobile technologies that can be used to fight the disease.

Etisalat riders were chosen from over 500 applicants from its 15 international operations, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tanzania and Sudan.
The final Etisalat team is expected to be announced on July 7. The selected riders will continue to train until the tour begins on September 5.

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