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Design and real life deployment of a pervasive monitoring system for dementia patients

Friedrich Hanser; Agnes Grünerbl; Clemens Rodegast; Paul Lukowicz
In: Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, 2008. International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (Pervasive Health-2008), 2nd, January 30 - February 1, Tampere, Finland, IEEE, 2008.


We present the first phase of a project for monitoring elderly people suffering from dementia in the ’real life’ environment of an ’assisted living’ flat associated with a nursing home. Based on monitoring requirements derived in discussions with the nursing staff the system consists of a UBISENSE location system for monitoring location, a sound-system for monitoring vocal interaction, and the TECO ’Particles’ sensor nodes mounted under the beds for sleep monitoring. In this paper we introduce the background and environment of the project, describe the requirements and the system and present some initial data collected in the first deployment period.