The aims og the FaPre project is develop a home-based infrastructure for the elderly that will allow the monitoring and prevention of falls using Internet of Things-based technology. The infrastructure will be designed to be easely accepted by the elderly, as teh aim of the project is to prolong their active lives in the home, minimising the risks and consequences of falling over.

The approach chosen for the FaPre project is to equip the home with a network of smart sensors that can identify a person’s location, a fall or lack of balance and their posture.

The following systems will be used:

  • Accelerometers placed on the patient
  • Pressure sensors on the floor, on furniture and on clothing
  • •Volumetric sensors that measure infrared radiation emetted by the surface of the body or that detect refòected ultrasonic waves

Thanks to contact sensors on doors, for example, it will be possibile to identify the user’s position, while floor sensors will supply more precise location data. It will be possible to monitor various body positions (standing, tilted or streched out) using a mercury-free level sensor vial or multi-axis accelerometer. These instruments are able to identify the body’s angle, the speed of rotation and acceleration, detecting any falls. In addition, videocameras placed in strategic parts of the house will allow us to monitor and analyse the patient’s movements.

The elderly target user’s acceptation of the FaPre solution will be planned, measured and adapted during the entire duration of the project, involving real users right from the first stages identifying project requirements up until field tests are carried out.

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