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IoT for care in Skellefteå

Reference number
Funding from Vinnova SEK 9 270 869
Project duration September 2017 - November 2021
Status Completed
Venture The strategic innovation programme for the Internet of Things

Purpose and goal

The purpose of the project has been to study how IoT can be used to secure the living environment for the elderly. We have investigated how a horizontal IoT architecture can be designed and applied to connect subsystems from different providers, to make an establishment of service(s) regarding securing housing for the elderly in their own homes, with support from relatives or municipal care. The collected data has been used for machine learning algorithms to identify life patterns in the home and to identify if any deviations occur (appendix 1)

Expected results and effects

The project has resulted in implementing and evaluating a horizontal IoT architecture by connecting differents households. Through non-integrity-infringing IoT devices, e.g., such as motion detectors, sensors that detect opening/closing of spaces, electricity meters, water meters, and more, data has been communicated to the IoT platform. Data have been processed for each household to identify life patterns and discover if any deviations may need supervision. In such cases, relatives were informed through SMS. The evaluation shows that the service is appreciated.

Planned approach and implementation

Initially, an ethics application was submitted and approved. All patricipants signed a consent agreement before starting the trials. IoT equipment was then installed in homes and connected to the IoT platform. We conducted regular interviews to follow up that we identified correct life patterns and anomalies. Adjustments were made because some pilot households´ health changed during the project.

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Last updated 23 March 2022

Reference number 2017-02807

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