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.
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 involved in the SOFTCARE project
- Project name: UNOBSTRUSIVE PLUG AND PLAY KIT FOR CHRONIC CONDITION MONITORING BASED ON CUSTOMIZED BEHAVIOUR RECOGNITION FROM WIRELESS LOCALIZATION AND REMOTE SENSORING
- Website: www.softcare-project.eu
- Coordinator: CENTRE DE RECERCA I INNOVACIÓ DE CATALUNYA, S.A. (CRIC), SPAIN
- Duration: 36 Months
- Starting Date: 01.11.2009
- Total budget: € 1.205.832,94
- Public contribution: € 649,834.99
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