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LiveData History

Founded in 1991, LiveData is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, directly between MIT and Harvard University. LiveData's founder, Jeffrey Robbins, continues to serve the company as president and chief executive officer.

LiveData was an early developer of real-time integration software, utilizing available object-oriented technology. Initial projects included automobile plant automation applications for General Motors. In 1995, GM Europe utilized LiveData and RFID to track work processes on the floor.

LiveData’s expertise in MMS (Manufacturing Message Specification) led LiveData engineers to take a significant role in the development of ICCP/TASE2 (Inter-Control Center Protocol). ICCP became the de facto standard worldwide for communication between control centers in the electric power sector, propelling LiveData's prominence in that industry. LiveData remains a leading supplier of real-time data solutions to utility companies around the world.

In 2004, LiveData developed its newest generation of software and established its leadership in smart integration technology. LiveData RTI Release 5.0, introduced at the CIGRE Exhibition in Paris, builds upon the core LiveData real-time integration architecture, adding real-time application server, executive dashboard, and data historian functionality.

The same year, LiveData became part of the CIMIT Operating Room of the Future project at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. The U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) issued an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) award to LiveData to fund this pioneering development work. LiveData OR-Dashboard, driven by LiveData RTI Release 5.0, displays all relevant information on the patient and operation, from pre-op through the operation and post-op. It includes real-time data archiving for operation replay and analysis. 

As part of its mission to help advance medical device interoperability, LiveData was active in CIMIT’s Medical Device Plug-and-Play Interoperability (MD PnP) program and the IHE Patient Care Device (PCD) domain. MD PnP, for which Jeffrey Robbins has served as co-chairman, leads in the evaluation and adoption of open standards and technology for medical device interoperability. In 2008 and 2009, LiveData received significant SBIR grants to participate in the group’s Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE) project. The IHE PCD domain was formed in 2005 to address the integration of medical devices into the healthcare enterprise, from the point-of-care to the EHR. In IHE Connectathons, LiveData has repeatedly completed successful interoperability testing as the Device Observation Consumer in the IHE Device Enterprise Communication Profile.

Today, LiveData OR-Dashboard can be found in the operating rooms of major teaching hospitals as well as smaller community facilities. The system's functionality continues to expand in response to perioperative needs. Among other new features, OR-Dashboard now comes with Active Time Out, an interactive electronic checklist method that incorporates the Surgical Safety Checklist promoted by the Joint Commission and the World Health Organization. 

LiveData continues to develop innovative solutions to meet the growing needs of its electric power customers. In 2007, LiveData’s ICCP Protocol Server for the electric power industry passed the rigorous Idaho National Labs test bed assessment. Working in partnership with the energy sector, the test bed program assesses selected control systems and control system components to identify cyber vulnerabilities