It is no secret to you that the group of people at the age of at least 65 is continuously growing. We live longer, but this also has its impact on assisted living and retirement homes: people never required so much help from nurses and other educated people to support them in their live. The Ambient Assisted Living for All project I’ll be working on is an IT system which aim is to support people who can still live more or less on their own but require additional help for some of their daily tasks. My exact objective is to set up a gateway device which collects data from remote sensors. Once the data is collected it can be interpreted and/or be send to remote servers and services in the local LAN and internet. The data which could be collected by the gateway could be for example is simple as monitoring the pressence of someone through a radar detector or monitoring the health of a person through his heartbeat. As gateway device I’ll be using a Raspberry-Pi computer, communication between the Pi and the difference sensors will be done via the ZigBee protocol (wireless radio frequency) and XBee modules. Depending on how fast I get through this project I can try to implement different types of sensors and for example make a web interface around all the attached sensors (display the data).
It can not only help elderly people but also people with disabilities like those who are for example in a wheelchair, or in general people who just need some extra help living on their own. AAL can help them not to forget taking their medicine, it can monitor the lifestyle and health but it can also add make sure the people feel less isolated by offering social services and entertainment. The AAL4ALL system is also aiming to connect the AAL4ALL gateway to remote medical services and patient files in order to automate and aid when medical assistance should be provided.
However, my main task will be to set up the sensor gateway and to set up the ZigBee communication. Later you learn more on how I did this and how this is done precisely.