Hands-On Experiences in Deploying Cost-Effective Ambient-Assisted Living Systems
AbstractOlder adults’ preferences to remain independent in their own homes along with the high costs of nursing home care have motivated the development of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies which aim at improving the safety, health conditions and wellness of the elderly. This paper reports hands-on experiences in designing, implementing and operating UbiCare, an AAL based prototype system for elderly home care monitoring. The monitoring is based on the recording of environmental parameters like temperature and light intensity as well as micro-level incidents which allows one to infer daily activities like moving, sitting, sleeping, usage of electrical appliances and plumbing components. The prototype is built upon inexpensive, off-the-shelf hardware (e.g., various sensors, Arduino microcontrollers, ZigBee-compatible wireless communication modules) and license-free software, thereby ensuring low system deployment costs. The network comprises nodes placed in a house’s main rooms or mounted on furniture, one wearable node, one actuator node and a centralized processing element (coordinator). Upon detecting significant deviations from the ordinary activity patterns of individuals and/or sudden falls, the system issues automated alarms which may be forwarded to authorized caregivers via a variety of communication channels. Furthermore, measured environmental parameters and activity incidents may be monitored through standard web interfaces. View Full-Text
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Dasios, A.; Gavalas, D.; Pantziou, G.; Konstantopoulos, C. Hands-On Experiences in Deploying Cost-Effective Ambient-Assisted Living Systems. Sensors 2015, 15, 14487-14512.
Dasios A, Gavalas D, Pantziou G, Konstantopoulos C. Hands-On Experiences in Deploying Cost-Effective Ambient-Assisted Living Systems. Sensors. 2015; 15(6):14487-14512.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dasios, Athanasios; Gavalas, Damianos; Pantziou, Grammati; Konstantopoulos, Charalampos. 2015. "Hands-On Experiences in Deploying Cost-Effective Ambient-Assisted Living Systems." Sensors 15, no. 6: 14487-14512.