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WiFi or GSM



Could having a WiFi or GSM provide you with an extra layer of security for your AED? According to Schiller 20 to 40 % of installed defibrillators aren't operational.

I have been to a few companies locally to me. When they needed to use the defibrillator it wasn't operational because no one ever thought to check it or there was no preventive maintenance in place. This article is about defibrillators that have connectivity. Some have WiFi connectivity and others have GSM connectivity. Schiller Fred PA-1, HeartSine Samaritan 500P, Zoll AED 3, just to name a few. Having any kind of defibrillator is better than not having one. But having one that doesn't work is like "not having one". Having one with connectivity may help to keep the preventive maintenance system in place and may save a life.

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HeartSine Samaritan 500W, The only device on the market that contains the technology that determine through the defibrillation pads, whether your compressions are in fact effective through its dynamic CPR feedback technology. Consists of PAD in carry case with adult Pad-Pak and full 8 year warranty. WiFi connected to enable full visibility as to the self-check status of your AED current RRP $2995.00 no gst in Australia.


Zoll AED 3

ZOLL AED 3 Designed and built upon years of usability research with both trained and untrained rescuers, it’s easy to use. And it’s equipped with improved real CPR Help. ZOLL real time feedback technology. The AED 3 is easy to own because the continuing cost of ownership is surprisingly low, with universal adult/pediatric electrode pads and a battery that last five years. And it’s easy to maintain because Program Management Onboard™ cloud-connects via Wi-Fi to ZOLL Plus Trac AED. No maintenance inspections needed. this information is provided by Zoll program management system cost RRP 2,995.00 no gst in Australia

Wi-Fi or GSM

What is the difference you may ask?

Australian phone networks are built using multiple frequencies, and not all frequencies are available in every location. The network frequencies used in rural areas are often completely different to those used in the city.

Wifi connectivity


The radio signals aren’t very strong, which is why the Wi-Fi signal doesn’t travel very far; it will travel far enough to provide coverage throughout the average home and to the street directly outside, for example, but not much further. One wireless hub is usually enough to enable you to connect to the internet in any room in your home. The signal strength will be stronger at the workplace the nearer to the hub you are.


In Australia the GSM network dismantled a few years ago. Now you're on mobile data networks when your phone company says you are consuming “data.” That means you’re connecting to the internet through a series of base stations that have fixed transceivers to receive and send radio waves. When you’re using your Google Maps app on the road or listening to music at the beach, it’s all happening through a mobile data network.

So the next one has the GSM on its specification using the data in Australia the GSM went out years ago but it uses the 4G network for data.

Schiller FRED PA-1

Schiller FRED PA-1 The FRED PA-1 is available either as semi-automatic or fully automatic device.In its automatic version, the FRED PA-1 delivers the shock without any action of the rescuer. In its semi-automatic version, the FRED PA-1 prompts the rescuer to deliver the shock by pressing the shock button. The only defibrillator comes with a 10 year warranty on it that I'm aware of.

  • Ease of use: interface with 1-2-3 steps, Pre-connected electrodes for faster application to the patient’s chest, Automatic self-tests for detection of electrode expiration and battery capacity – the FRED PA-1 Online sends an alert via e-mail, the FRED PA-1 as well as the Online version indicate their status via LED on the device. Chest compression assistant Metronome, Free CPR feedback on the frequency of the chest compression. LifeDataNet G2: Simplifying AED fleet management thanks to an online dashboard available on computers, tablets and smartphones to remotely check the status of the device or the consumables (battery, electrodes). Hosted by an approved provider for hosting health and medical data, LifeDataNet G2 is a robust solution that complies with the highest security standards (ISO 27001) cost RRP $2,500 no gst on defibrillators in Australia.

All defibrillators are a great piece of first aid responder equipment and all workplaces should have at least one. Hopefully you will never have to use it. Having a preventive maintenance in place, are they being checked on a regular basis? These AED's with wifi or data can add an extra layer of security giving you a peace of mind.

Questions to ask yourself

  1. Do you have an AED?
  2. Who and when is the AED going to be checked and how do I record it?
  3. Could we use a wifi or data network to remove the human element

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