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Chapter I. Introduction > HOW ABOUT MONEY?

HOW ABOUT MONEY?

At the end of this chapter we try to present some calculations, estimating how a described system, dedicated to the intensive and ubiquitous monitoring of cardiac-related parameters of many people simultaneously, can be applied in practice from an economic point of view. As described in previous sections, the system is rather complicated and its elements seem to be expensive. In fact, such modern and advanced technology can be cheaper than one may expect.

Let us cost the particular elements. Personal electronic devices must contain at least three subsystems: an ECG signal acquisition and processing subsystem, a cardiac data analysis subsystem, and a wireless communication subsystem. The two latter modules can be based on solutions already widely used in personal organizers, wireless connected palmtops, and also larger cell phones. This means that such elements, produced for mass application, although complicated in structure and equipped with very advanced technological elements, can be inexpensive because of the "scale effect."


  

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