Russian President presented with the high-tech Opeka


Vladimir Putin met with Rostec Corporation CEO Sergey Chemezov, who discussed with the Russian President the corporation’s results and demonstrated a few samples of high-tech products for civilian and military purposes, including the Opeka electronic medical wristband developed by KRET.

Sergey Chemezov presented to the Russian President examples of a number of advanced, innovative products developed by the state corporation that are ready for mass production, including the Opeka electronic wristband made by KRET.

"It all began with the Ratnik program. In creating the equipment for the modern soldier, we developed this sensor for the Ministry of Defense that is mounted on the body and reports on the physical condition of the soldier. All of this information is available to his commander on a tablet. Let’s say a soldier is wounded, falls ill, or killed, God forbid – and you never know what could happen – then it is possible to determine his location, because this information is available through GLONASS. We think this same technology can be used for civilian purposes,” said the CEO of Rostec, discussing the background to the creation of Opeka.  

Today, a more modern version of Opeka is under development and is planned to be available to the public. The device consists of a wearable module as well as a wristband that can be used either together or separately. They are connected with a computer, tablet, or smartphone using the standard Bluetooth 4.0 link, which has low energy consumption.

"It can perform an ECG and take your pulse. It can remind a patient to take his medicine. In addition, if a patient is in a critical state, such as in advance of a stroke, a doctor can see that he will have a stroke within 15 minutes. In that time, an ambulance can be dispatched to the patient. If a patient is in a bad state, he can push a button to send a signal either to relatives or the hospital,” said Sergey Chemezov.

The device’s main innovative feature is that it operates wirelessly. Without a single wire, not only can Opeka take heart rate readings but can also perform a full electrocardiogram that provides information about the state of the heart. "Today, cardiovascular diseases are the second most common cause of death, and this device might help to reduce this figure," said the Rostec CEO.

This year, Gradient All-Russian Research Institute, which is part of KRET, was recognized as a winner in the “100 Best Russian Products” competition for its work on the electronic wristband and was recognized in the “Innovation of the Year” and "Excellent Quality" categories.

Russian President presented with the high-tech Opeka
Russian President presented with the high-tech Opeka

Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) is the largest Russian company in the radioelectronic industry. It was established in 2009. It is a member of Rostec Corporation. Key activities: development and production of systems and complexes of onboard avionics for civil and military aircraft, air-based radars, State recognition systems, and electronic warfare systems (EW), test equipment for various applications (TE), electrical connectors, connectors, and cable assemblies. In addition, the enterprises of the Concern manufacture modern household appliances and medical equipment, equipment and control systems for the fuel and energy complex, as well as for transport and engineering industries. The Concern includes more than 100 research institutes, design offices and production plants located in 29 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Number of employees: approximately 54, 000 people.