The project emphasizes the role of the home as care environment, by providing  real-time support to patients. IS-ACTIVE proposes a combined technological solution, which uses intelligent miniaturized inertial sensing used for ambulatory human  movement analysis, and wireless communication.
The IS-ACTIVE sensor-based system is meant to provide the patients:

  • An effective sensing system for daily use, which analyses in real-time their  physical activity and condition;
  • An easy-to-use interface and a natural feedback, so that they become easily  aware about the importance of self-management.

Field trials will be conducted in different locations and their results are expected to  provide qualitative and quantitative indications on the system accuracy, robustness,reliability and usability, together with assessing the user experience regarding the motivation in self-managing the chronic condition.



The general objective of IS-ACTIVE is to devise a person-centric healthcare solution for patients with chronic conditions – especially elderly people – based on miniaturised wireless inertial sensors, which provide distributed motion capture and intelligent recognition of activities and situations.
The home becomes the main care environment, where patients can receive real-time feedback in order to monitor, self-manage and improve their physical condition according to their specific situation.


Expected results and impact

IS-ACTIVE aims at producing tangible results in the form of fully-functional prototypes with  a relatively short estimated time to market (1-2 years).
The IS-ACTIVE consortium aims to design, build and test systems that can eventually be  bought and used by the individuals, instead of being the property of healthcare institutions. IS-ACTIVE will attempt to shift medical device technology into the mainstream  consumer electronics market. This implies that there is a strong focus towards ease of use,  integration and pricing.


Partners involved in the IS-ACTIVE project

Organization Type Country Website
University of Twente R&D Netherlands
Roessingh Research & Development R&D / SME / End User Netherlands
Inertia Technology R&D / SME Netherlands
Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine R&D / End User Norway
NORUT Northern Research Institute R&D Norway
University Hospital Elias R&D / End User Romania
  • Project name: Inertial Sensing Systems for Advanced Chronic Condition Monitoring and Risk Prevention
  • Website:
  • Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Paul Havinga, University of Twente (The Netherlands)
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.04.2009
  • Total budget: € 1,814,812
  • Public contribution: € 1,394,777


Dr. Raluca Marin-Perianu


T.: +31 53 489 3633


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