Il- Board

A hardware device, back end solution and service that tracks vital physical data, transmits data over a mobile network, stores and analyses the data and derives insights.

What is it?

Il-Board comprises of a hardware device, back end solution and a service. It brings together all three of these components to build an environment which tracks vital physical data, transmits data over a mobile network, stores and analyses the data and derives insights which can be used for field intervention and decision making by various stakeholders.
It further enables the midwife / health care worker to educate what elements the pregnant women need to follow, during pregnancy and the critical days thereafter, to ensure the women recoup as needed.
As the pregnant women gain points for sending the data ( for example – every week), this enables them to redeem such points for vital and essential services.
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How is it used?

It is placed near the body or yourself. The metrics and emotional understanding that need to be tracked are printed and pasted / inked to the board by the midwife / health care worker. It is then given to the pregnant mum to press the buttons each week and complete the activities, for which points are gained. It reminds her of clinic visits etc. Each week the text button is pressed and the code that is generated is sent to the defined number using the functional phone that they have.
The metrics are updated as and when the midwife / health care worker deems it necessary to change it.
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What technologies does it incorporate?

Input – tactile push button or dome switch
Processing – µC with low processing capability 8/16 bit with built in Eflash
Storage – SoC in µC above or 1024kb flash rom
Display – 29 x 57 mm Ch-LCD display (~ 70µA power draw for image creation)
Battery – 280mAh rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery
Mechanical Dynamo/Crank
Pulse oximeter
Temperature Sensor
Skinnable low cost interface
Intelligent hash algorithm

Back end
GSM transceiver and decryptor
Low cost server and data base
Connected web and android interface
Open source software
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How does it work?

The mid wife distributes the Il-Board to the pregnant mother, as soon as she obtains information about a pregnant woman.
The user (pregnant woman) will respond to simple query’s via the Push Buttons on the periphery. The countdown will indicate how many need to be completed
The low-power sensors at centre measure vital signs by placing her finger on it.
All gathered data is stored on this device. The hand crank is to be used for recharging the battery.
All gathered data is periodically encoded into a hash code (displayed at centre) which is to be manually sent via SMS to a Central Hub.
An interface point (rear) is to be used to administer system updates by a support person.
Gather and track users’ health profiles, and raise flags where necessary.
Data can be input automatically via SMS reception and manually by healthcare workers.
Data mining and statistical analysis to identify health trends and hot spots.
Open-source software which uses minimal resources, therefore a low cost computer will suffice.
The modularized interface can be customized to context and region.
Visual and interactive mobile and web based interface for healthcare workers both in the field and office-based. Ruggedized, low-cost tabs or smart phones are an option.
Scalable model, provides for two-way interactivity for future versions.

Who uses it?

The midwife / health care worker reviews the data.

Client End – The pregnant woman inputs the data as needed + the family members aiding the process
System End – System administration

Client / Care Giver End – Mid wives, caregivers, pregnant mum
Macro End – Policy makers, NGO’s , Governments, Corporations, Research institutes

Why does it help?

Client End – The pregnant woman, family members and any children – the life of the mother is looked after
– Pregnant mum- tracks what i need to do, i can easily use it as its simple . i have points which i can redeem for transport.

Care Giver End – Mid wives, caregivers, businesses, doctors
– Midwife / Doctors : automated data tracking, time spent effectively with the pregnant mum and planning becomes easier. its a reminder to the mothers to come to the clinic if need be.
– Businesses – Increase in business and margin, Contribution to community development

Macro End – Policy makers, NGO’s , Governments, Corporations, Research institutes
– lack of information – automated data collection, what gets measured gets done, effective allocation of resources and utilization of services that exist etc
– lack of funds : effective synergies of private and public companies to create value for both
– Connects the ecosystem players and activities can be defined


Team's Location

Sri Lanka

Team's Occupation


Team Members

ILMA MARIKKAR - MAS INNOVATION, Vishwa Aluthge, Praveen Jayasuriya, Alifiya Mutaher, Buddima Kurakulasuriya, Sajeeva Panduwawala, Dilan Pathmaraj, Sanjitha Rajasekeran, Kanishka Fernando, Gayani Abeyasinghe, Tehani Renganathan, Shahen Manuel, Rinosh Nasar, Vivek Ramchandani

Focus Area(s)

Behavior Change, Data Collection/Data Insight

UNICEF Pillar(s)

Health, Social Inclusion

These pages have been pulled directly from applications submitted to the Wearables for Good Challenge in 2015. They represent the work of the individual teams and have subsequently not been edited.


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