3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

The smart condo: visualizing independent living environments in a virtual world

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.6020,
        author={Nicholas M. Boers and David Chodos and Jianzhao Huang and Pawel Gburzynski and Ioanis Nikolaidis and Eleni Stroulia},
        title={The smart condo: visualizing independent living environments in a virtual world},
        proceedings={3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2009},
        month={8},
        keywords={Biomedical monitoring Data visualization Geographic Information Systems Intelligent sensors Medical services Patient monitoring Privacy Safety Wearable sensors Wireless sensor networks},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.6020}
    }
    
  • Nicholas M. Boers
    David Chodos
    Jianzhao Huang
    Pawel Gburzynski
    Ioanis Nikolaidis
    Eleni Stroulia
    Year: 2009
    The smart condo: visualizing independent living environments in a virtual world
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.6020
Nicholas M. Boers1,*, David Chodos1,*, Jianzhao Huang1,*, Pawel Gburzynski1,*, Ioanis Nikolaidis1,*, Eleni Stroulia1,*
  • 1: Computing Science Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E8, Canada
*Contact email: boers@cs.ualberta.ca, chodos@cs.ualberta.ca, jianzhao@cs.ualberta.ca, pawel@cs.ualberta.ca, yannis@cs.ualberta.ca, stroulia@cs.ualberta.ca

Abstract

Providing affordable, high-quality healthcare to the elderly while enabling them to live independently longer is of critical importance. In our Smart Condo project, we have deployed a wireless sensor network in an 850-square-foot condominium for assisted living. The sensor network records a variety of events and environmental parameters and feeds the related data into our web-based system. This system is responsible for inferring higher-order information about the activities of the condo's occupant and visualizing the collected information in both a 2D Geographic Information System (GIS) and a 3D virtual world. The architecture is flexible in terms of supported sensor types, analyses, and visualizations through which it communicates this information to its users, including the condo's occupant, their family, and their healthcare providers.