ICT for ageing well.



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

  1. An effective sensing system for daily use, which analyses in real-time their physical activity and condition;
  2. An easy-to-use interface and a natural feedback, so that they become easily aware of 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’s 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.
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.

(Photo: Screenshot of the smartphone feedback device)
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.

Organisation Type Country Web address
University of Twente R&D The Netherlands
Roessingh Research & Development R&D, SME, end-users The Netherlands
Inertia Technology R&D, SME The 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

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Paul Havinga, University of Twente (The Netherlands)

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 01 April 2009

Total budget: € 1,814,812

Public contribution: € 1,394,777


Name: Paul Havinga
+31 53 489 3633
Pervasive Systems Group, Department of Computer Science, Zilverling Building,
PO-Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands