Project Acrossing: Passau research group is working on smart home technology

As part of the multinational research project Acrossing Dr. Oliver Amft and his team are researching a new technology that will make it possible independently to live longer in their own homes as they age.

How to make a home environment provide that detects when something is not going according to plan? With these and other questions, the Passau research group led by Oliver Amft sets apart under the recently launched research project Acrossing. "It is primarily about providing security," says Oliver Amft, head of the German research group, together the project's objective. It was not just about situations where accidents happened, but also to changes in behavior that could lead to problems, so Amft on. "For example, think of people with dementia, which gradually change their courses of action. Since it may happen one day that a patient forgets to eat. "

Behind the project is a multinational consortium of ten research institutions, numerous industrial partners and user organizations operating SmartHomes or directly carry out trials with patients. The project is funded until the end of 2019 as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie funding assistance agreement no. 676 157 from the European Union program for research and innovation "Horizon 2020".

At the center of the target is Acrossing accurate measurement of specific activities using intelligent sensors. When standing on the residents when he goes out of the house when he eats, how he moves? Medium and long term give these routines a pattern of behavior that allows an assessment of what patterns are typical and which differ. This requires a special sensor technology, for the development the team led by Oliver Amft is responsible only German partner. "High demands are placed on the new technology: Thus, the sensors will not only record, process and analyze data, but can also be integrated into the rooms and not or barely visible," says Oliver Amft.

In addition to technical aspects, playing especially issues that affect the privacy of the persons concerned, a central role. With them, employs a special working group within the project. They develop solutions, such as those concerned to enable, monitor and properly choose who they ask which parts of the data. Similarly they also develop concepts for situations in which a person because of their disease, the decision can not meet themselves.

The insights of the research project Acrossing is particularly relevant for clinical care, nursing and care in the family. The behavioral analysis makes it possible to detect and classify the nurses from the data trends and changes in the behavior of the residents."This external, objective view is important to reliably detect in a short time can, what developments there, where you may have to intervene and where everything is in order," explains Oliver Amft. The meaningful technologically controlled linking of information leads to a high quality of information. "This can be reached in this case, to facilitate decisions that lead to a diagnosis, and to accelerate -. And so to provide a way to respond to the growing number of needy people and to the rising costs in this sector"

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