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A ZigBee-Based Location-Aware Fall Detection System for Improving Elderly Telecare
AbstractFalls are the primary cause of accidents among the elderly and frequently cause fatal and non-fatal injuries associated with a large amount of medical costs. Fall detection using wearable wireless sensor nodes has the potential of improving elderly telecare. This investigation proposes a ZigBee-based location-aware fall detection system for elderly telecare that provides an unobstructed communication between the elderly and caregivers when falls happen. The system is based on ZigBee-based sensor networks, and the sensor node consists of a motherboard with a tri-axial accelerometer and a ZigBee module. A wireless sensor node worn on the waist continuously detects fall events and starts an indoor positioning engine as soon as a fall happens. In the fall detection scheme, this study proposes a three-phase threshold-based fall detection algorithm to detect critical and normal falls. The fall alarm can be canceled by pressing and holding the emergency fall button only when a normal fall is detected. On the other hand, there are three phases in the indoor positioning engine: path loss survey phase, Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) collection phase and location calculation phase. Finally, the location of the faller will be calculated by a k-nearest neighbor algorithm with weighted RSSI. The experimental results demonstrate that the fall detection algorithm achieves 95.63% sensitivity, 73.5% specificity, 88.62% accuracy and 88.6% precision. Furthermore, the average error distance for indoor positioning is 1.15 ± 0.54 m. The proposed system successfully delivers critical information to remote telecare providers who can then immediately help a fallen person.
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Huang, C.-N.; Chan, C.-T. A ZigBee-Based Location-Aware Fall Detection System for Improving Elderly Telecare. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 4233-4248.View more citation formats
Huang C-N, Chan C-T. A ZigBee-Based Location-Aware Fall Detection System for Improving Elderly Telecare. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(4):4233-4248.Chicago/Turabian Style
Huang, Chih-Ning; Chan, Chia-Tai. 2014. "A ZigBee-Based Location-Aware Fall Detection System for Improving Elderly Telecare." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 11, no. 4: 4233-4248.