The healthcare industry in North Rhine-Westphalia is a prime mover for growth and innovation. North Rhine-Westphalian enterprises figure prominently on the international stage, above all in the medical engineering sector. The pharmaceuticals industry with its numerous global players is a defining feature of the healthcare industry in NRW. Close cooperation between science and industry is a key success factor. Six university hospitals plus numerous non-university research establishments not only maintain scientific excellence but also provide state-of-the-art training for tomorrow's healthcare professionals.
Every year around 130,000 professionals gather at MEDICA – the World Forum for Medicine – which focuses on medical technology, electro-medicine, laboratory equipment, diagnostics and medical products. Approx. 60 percent of the attendees in 2016 came from outside Germany. More than 5,000 exhibitors focused on the latest trends and showcased products, processes and services for the complete spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care.
When an employee of the Building Inspection Bureau of Iserlohn leaves their office, the lights switch off. Heating is then soon reduced by 4°C. All this takes place fully automatically and unassisted by any employee, as if by magic. Not so! What performs this miracle is actually the IQfy chair - a groundbreaking invention that uses integrated wireless technology to save energy. All workplaces in the department are now equipped with the system. This innovative seating is world's only wireless presence detector for the conservation of energy. A battery- and maintenance-free pressure sensor that can be integrated into the cushion of almost any modern office chair, it registers whether an employee is sitting on it or not and adjusts lighting, heating, electrical appliances and air conditioning to suit. Invented in 2005 by Klaus Kleine of Balve in Sauerland, IQfy chairs deliver savings on heating and power costs of up to 40 percent. This innovator now markets his multi award-winning concept all over Europe. The prospect of saving energy via the office chair clearly inspires many beyond the German borders.
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona
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