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Xandar Kardian and Lava Group Partnership

27 February 2024

Xandar Kardian and The Lava Group partner to deploy groundbreaking radar technology in correctional facilities across the United Kingdom and Ireland

Xandar Kardian, a Toronto-based industry leader in developing radar signal processing technology for presence detection and vital sign monitoring, has announced an integrated partnership with The Lava Group, a Belfast-based leading provider of innovative, safer custody and connected health technology.

The partnership will forge new deployments for Xandar Kardian’s technology in prison and law enforcement settings throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland by integrating Xandar Kardian’s existing vital sign monitoring and movement detection technology into The Lava Group’s Tephra product suite.

The Lava Group has already generated significant interest in Xandar Kardian’s sensors with several pilot programs scheduled to begin in prison establishments in the coming months.

The partnership will also explore co-developing difference-making products to further improve and optimise presence detection and prisoner healthcare monitoring.

Gareth Morrison, CEO at the Lava Group, said:

“In the UK, a prisoner dies by suicide every four days,1 and by cardiovascular illness or drug-related overdose every six days.2 The average suicide in a UK prison costs £2.4m.3 These cases are tragic, urgent and pervasive, but they’re not inevitable. Our partnership embodies a pivotal opportunity for the criminal justice sector including prisons, police and detention facilities that are in desperate need of difference-making innovation.

“The prison sector in the UK and Ireland is facing multiple challenges including resource and retention problems, addiction issues and addressing the psychological health needs of prisoners. The key to alleviating the pressures of security management is transformative technology that can be predictive, proactive and optimise all aspects of staff-prisoner interaction. With autonomous monitoring from Xandar Kardian’s sensors, establishments can now make pre-emptive or immediate interventions when a mental or physical healthcare emergency arises.

“Xandar Kardian has been credited with helping to prevent dozens of opioid-related overdoses and medically-related deaths in the jails where it is presently deployed, including publicly-documented “saves” in both Hong Kong and the United States. The company’s autonomous, radar-based vital signs monitoring can help protect prisoners’ safety by obtaining highly accurate vital sign measurements while prioritising privacy, security and staff’s wellbeing. Importantly, the Xandar Kardian sensors require no wearables on the prisoner, no video or audio recordings and no battery to change – providing a completely autonomous, continuous and privacy-secure health-monitoring solution.”

At Xandar Kardian, we are passionate about transforming the corrections landscape by empowering decision makers to embrace technology that can dramatically improve the safety of staff and the quality of care for prisoners,” said Sam Yang, Co-founder and Managing Director of Xandar Kardian. “We are delighted to continue achieving this through our partnership with The Lava Group, a company with a sterling multi-decade reputation for making the jail and prison system a safer, healthier place for all. Our radar-based technology provides critical health data while being GDPR-compliant, and we know that more people having access to it means more lives saved.”

Once deployed, Xandar Kardian’s sensors are linked to a secure local network that provides a “paper trail” of data for each prisoner, minimizing organisational risk and serving as an extremely useful resource should additional medical intervention be required from hospital providers.

To learn more information about Xandar Kardian and the XK300 Autonomous Health Monitoring Solution, as well as the company’s current efforts in the corrections sector, visit the Xandar Kardian website at

For more information on how The Lava Group is transforming the future of prisons through safer custody technology, please visit


About Xandar Kardian

Xandar Kardian is a US Delaware C-Corp with international operations spanning South Korea, Canada, and Singapore, focused on deploying reliable and high accuracy security and healthcare solutions worldwide. Xandar Kardian elevates motion sensor technology to the next level, incorporating radar sensors that monitor vital signs via resting heart rate (RHR) and respiratory rate (RR), providing essential insights into occupant motion, location, and vital sign reading. Founded in 2017, the team behind Xandar Kardian is focused on digital radar signal processing from start-to-finish, having received FDA 510(k) Clearance for its XK300 in April 2021.

About The Lava Group

Based in Northern Ireland and operating across the UK and Ireland, Lava Group is a leader in safer custody and connected health technology, with a vision of halving reoffending rates and eliminating custody death and self-harm. Lava specialises in implementing innovative technologies to foster safe, rehabilitative spaces that promote meaningful change.

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