This project aims to deliver three main innovations that will revolutionise the personal tracking industry, particularly focusing on Dementia sufferers, as well as providing a second track which focuses on information sharing and training for the community. These are described as follows:
- Design an innovative wearable tag for Dementia patients at various stages of the disease, that is suitable for their needs as well as the needs of their carer. Through initial primary care engagement, preliminary research has highlighted the need to consider patient requirements when developing the look and feel of wearable tags. During the project, U-Sentric will engage with End User selected primary carers and patients throughout the design and prototyping stages of this wearable tag, to work towards a solution that end-users are happy to wear both day and night. This close engagement will ultimately increase the chances of patients accepting the tag at the various stages of disease progression.
- Design and develop a wireless sensor tag suite that can provide proximity and location information for the wearer that is low cost, robust and energy efficient. It is crucial that the wireless tag suite is low cost, functional and meets strict energy requirements for extended battery life. UNINOVA will develop a wireless sensor pack that will meet the above requirements based on innovative sensor technology and employ a flexible approach to energy management within the sensor itself.
- Design and develop a cloud-based platform to support personalised connected solutions to enable carers to monitor the proximity and location of patients and interact with the system remotely. Carers require customisable, low cost methods for remotely monitoring the location and proximity of patients. TSSG will develop a cloud-hosted system along with a suite of interfaces that can be used to develop apps and services for the carers and patients interacting with the wireless sensor tag suite. TSSG will also develop intelligent behaviour profiling algorithms to ensure appropriate energy management policies are deployed to the patients tags at all times. Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter strict rules on data protection and access will be abided to always.
In addition, an information suite will be developed that allows carers and the families of patients to be educated and informed in the key elements of dementia as well as providing a platform for support and discussion. Information is key to the understanding of this disease and how to cope with it in the different stages and circumstances. Carers require this information, and training, as well as a forum to discuss matters. Within the project Uninova will work with the End-User organisations to understand the requirements for this, and build a training platform that enables targeted training courses as well as information sources to be made available to the community. Initial training courses will focus on the wandering aspect, with modules suited to the risks involved, and recommendations for spotting or dealing with wandering. This will also be reflected in initial online discussions in forums that bring the personalised element to the discussions. This section of the platform will also include discussion boards for the community to share knowledge amongst themselves and allow for specific topics to be discussed.
Carelink-AAL is a team of researchers, innovators and businesspeople from across Europe, committed to delivering a low-cost, location and proximity monitoring system suitable for Dementia sufferers. TSSG, led by Gary McManus, is the project coordinator. The other partners include Uninova (Portugal), U-Sentric (Belgium), Open Sky Data (Ireland), Creagy (Switzerland) and Akademie Berlingen (Switzerland).
The Carelink project commenced in August 2017. It is a 30 month project, funded under the European AAL programme
Carelink aims to reduce stress for caregivers, dramatically increase the survival rates of wandering patients and promote low-cost community based caring.
Please view project website for more information: http://carelink-aal.org/European AAL programme