Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. Second International ICST Conference, MobiHealth 2010, Ayia Napa, Cyprus, October 18-20, 2010. Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Future Care Floor: A Sensitive Floor for Movement Monitoring and Fall Detection in Home Environments

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-20865-2_27,
        author={Lars Klack and Christian M\o{}llering and Martina Ziefle and Thomas Schmitz-Rode},
        title={Future Care Floor: A Sensitive Floor for Movement Monitoring and Fall Detection in Home Environments},
        proceedings={Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. Second International ICST Conference, MobiHealth 2010, Ayia Napa, Cyprus, October 18-20, 2010. Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={sensor floor position monitoring fall detection pattern recognition living lab},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-20865-2_27}
    }
    
  • Lars Klack
    Christian Möllering
    Martina Ziefle
    Thomas Schmitz-Rode
    Year: 2012
    Future Care Floor: A Sensitive Floor for Movement Monitoring and Fall Detection in Home Environments
    MOBIHEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-20865-2_27
Lars Klack1,*, Christian Möllering1,*, Martina Ziefle1,*, Thomas Schmitz-Rode1,*
  • 1: RWTH Aachen University
*Contact email: Klack@humtec.rwth-aachen.de, moellering@humtec.rwth-aachen.de, ziefle@humtec.rwth-aachen.de, smiro@hia.rwth-aachen.de

Abstract

This paper describes the conceptualization and realization of a sensor floor, which can be integrated in home environments to assist old and frail persons living independently at home. Its purpose is to monitor the inhabitant’s position within a room, to detect (abnormal) behavioral patterns as well as to activate rescue procedures in case of fall or other emergency events. This floor is part of a living lab (“The Future Care Lab”) developed and built within the eHealth project at RWTH Aachen University. The lab, which is part of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), serves as a test environment for user centered design of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies.