CARE - Safe Private Homes for Elderly Persons
The CARE project was an R&D activity running under the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme, which has been co-funded by the EC and by several participating countries. The project aimed to realise an intelligent monitoring and alarming system for the independent living of elderly persons. Specifically, this project targeted the automated recognition and alarming of critical situations (like falls) using a visual sensor and real-time processing while preserving the privacy and taking into account system dependability issues, especially ensuring reliability, availability, security, and safety from a holistic point of view.
A biologically inspired, neuromorphic vision sensor from AIT was integrated into the Everon alarm, security, and monitoring system for seamless analysis and tracking of elderly persons at home. This real-time information has been exploited for incident detection (e.g., fall detection, immobilised person; see images below), and instantaneous alarming of the concerned parties.
Fall detection with the neuromorphic vision sensors: (1) picture from the scene (top left), (2) its corresponding data representation from a pair of neuromorphic vision sensors (bottom), (3) the resulting stereo representation (top right).
In relation to the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme, CARE proposed an innovative technology and system concept for real-time services to nursing homes and service homes. This initiative was an end-user driven R&D activity where the end-users represented the major market players in Ambient Assisted Living activities as they had direct relation and responsibility towards elderly persons ensuring their safety and independent living.
The R&D partners comprised research institutes (AIT, BME), SMEs (Everon, SensoCube) and end-users (Weser, Yrjö ja Hanna). The selected elderly homes in Germany and Finland were involved in the evaluation and demonstration of the CARE concept.
The project started on July 1, 2009 with a duration of 30 months. As the on-site tests with end-user involvement needed more time than originally planned, to project was extended by nine months, and thus ended on September 30, 2012.