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SOFTCARE

Real Time Alarms

SOFTCARE project  has developed a prototype of a  monitoring system for seniors that allow carers (formal and informal) and senior users to get real-time alarms in dangerous or potentially dangerous situations and  warnings on long-term trends that could indicate a future problem.

This objective is  achieved by the implementation of the designed Artificial Intelligence techniques  that allow the recognition of daily activities based on the data obtained from an  accelerometer (bracelet device) and location information. Users need to wear a bracelet containing a 3D-accelerometer and a Zigbee module that will communicate the bracelet (mobile node) with the rest of static devices on the user’s home (one per room). Additionally, as a support tool, a full-duplex hands free voice communications channel between emergency call-centre and seniors using SOFTCARE is also provided by the system using loudspeakers and microphones contained in the static nodes.

Objectives:

A Home Based Kit

SOFTCARE project aims to make a major advancement in the field of home  monitoring by providing a home-based kit that will help to detect potential problems by delivering to carers relevant and useful information on senior users daily activity  and will also warn carers in case of falls or abnormal behaviours that might be  related with a dangerous situation. Additionally, SOFTCARE will also provide a voice communication channel between carers and senior users

Expected results and impact:

The SOFTCARE system will be formed by a set of devices of different kinds (mobile, static and gateway), the firmware contained on this devices and the server application that receives the data from the devices and before storing it processes it detecting activities and risk situations and generating the related alarms if required.

Additionally, the project will  produce useful research results in the fields of usability of home monitoring systems, activity recognition based on accelerometer information and location and following the conclusions of the market survey executed during WP1 of the project.

Partners:

SOFTCARE

ORGANIZATIONTYPECOUNTRYWEBSITE
Centre de Recerca I Innovació de Catalunya, S.A. (CRIC)R&D SMESpainhttp://www.cric.cat/
Forschungsinstitut des Wiener Roten
Kreuzes (FRK)
End-user Austriahttp://www.roteskreuz.at/wien/forschungsinstitut-des-roten-kreuzes/
MeshWorks Wireless Ltd. (MWW)SMEFinlandhttp://www.meshworkswireless.com/
HealthSystems Group (HEALTHSYSTEMS)SMEUKhttp://www.healthsysconsult.co.uk/
Central European Institute of Technology CEIT RALTEC
End-UserAustriahttp://www.ceit.at/ceit-raltec


Coordinator: CENTRE DE RECERCA I INNOVACIÓ DE CATALUNYA, S.A. (CRIC), SPAIN

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: November 1, 2009

Total budget: € 1.205.832,94

Public contribution: € 649,834.99

Contact:

Albert Rodríguez
albert.rodriguez@cric.cat
+34 93 204 99 22
CENTRE DE RECERCA I INNOVACIÓ DE CATALUNYA,
S.A. (CRIC),
SPAIN

http://www.softcare-project.eu/