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Smartwatch for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patients Awarded

The smartwatch saves lives of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients due to an airbag feature for fall detection and a connected application for caregivers.

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Picture from the ceremony

Ashish Rauniyar, PhD fellow at HiOA, proposed the smartwatch together with Siva Leela Krishna Chand Gudi, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

With this proposal, they won the Norway Challenge of the 2017 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

The embedded LoRa geolocation solution in the watch supports both in- and outdoor tracking . In indoor, it is using Wi-Fi access points.

The smartwatch makes the life relatively easier for patients and caregivers.

One of the main concerns of relatives and caregivers is that patients are not only oblivious, but can fall unexpectedly due to a loss of bodily control.

The winner’s smartwatch includes an airbag feature for fall detection and a connected application for caregivers, to avoid bodily harm:

Whenever a fall is detected, the airbag inflates to ensure the patient’s safety.

The device offers the following benefits:

  • SOS/medical emergency calls
  • emergency call function for caregivers
  • heartbeat monitoring
  • guides patients back to a set home address
  • real-time geotracking of patients in a predefined area
  • sending alerts to caregivers if patients leave a predefined area
  • airbag inflates as soon as device detects a patient’s fall!

The solution is highly accurate, thanks to its use of deep learning algorithms for ignoring the false alarms.

The main goal is to save more lives of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

The ceremony where Rauniyar and Gudi received the award took place in front of an international audience during the European Space Week 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia – in line with the Satellite Masters Conference & Horizon 2020 Space Info Day.

– At the conference, many companies were interested in the idea about the smartwatch, Rauniyar explains.

– We were awarded in an innovation competition where you have to come up with something very new to become a winner.

’All 26 winning applications provide new products and services to help drive space related progress.’ emphasises Thorsten Rudolph, Managing Director of AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, the organiser of the ESNC, in a press release.

‘We are thrilled about these exciting new ideas and their added-value in terms of user needs and innovation.’

By fostering entrepreneurs and start-ups, the innovation competition has the long-term objective of strengthening Europe’s competitiveness with high-tech space solutions on the global scale.

The close cooperation with institutional, industrial and regional partners promotes this endeavour in a pan-European manner, under the patronage of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).

Ashish Rauniyar is a member of the Autonomous System and Networks (ASN) Research Group at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) and Network and Distributed System (ND) Research Group at University of Oslo.