“ETB is committed to keeping and maintaining mobility for life”
European Technology for Business Ltd, (ETB) is a privately owned UK company, with over 17 years of experience in the design of sensors and systems. ETB has an excellent established track record in sensor and system technology development, manufacturing and project management, which includes running a range of UK and European R&D medically related projects. ETB has established excellent links with clinical teams and academic groups in the UK and overseas.
The sensor based GaitSmart product was developed in house and is now used worldwide in a wide variety of human and equine applications. GaitSmart originated from a European Project ‘Healthy Aims’, which had the overall goal to develop a range of medical implants and diagnostic equipment. ETB was project coordinator of the 26M€ European project which ran from 2003 to 2008 and during this period the sensor technology was developed. The results were so encouraging that ETB decided to develop a product using the sensor technology to monitor the gait cycle. This development required two years of additional R&D work under a UK project supported by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP) programme to develop the system. This was concluded in 2010, by which time a good, functioning research tool was available, which was suitable for clinical research.
Since 2010 ETB has worked with clinical and academic teams in both the human and equine applications. This work included validation against the optical ‘Gold standard’ and also the development of reference databases. For the human this study was carried out by the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore.