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Safer and healthier with wearable intelligence

Within the context of the SMARTpro project, Sirris set up three demonstrators to show the potential of combining data from wearable sensors with data from sensors in the environment of the user. This concerns advanced localisation and activity monitoring based on technological developments within the project.

 

The SMARTpro VIS (Vlaams Innovatiesamenwerkingsverband; Flemish Innovation Partnerships) project, supported by VLAIO (Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), focused on raising awareness and transferring knowledge to stimulate the collaboration between textile, electronics and IT companies and on jointly developing smart textile and wearable intelligence. The project partners were Centexbel, Sirris, imec, University College Ghent, Ghent University, KU Leuven and Cretecs.

 

Sirris focused on the wearable intelligence aspects aimed at demonstrating the unexplored potential of combining data from various sources and demonstrating concrete applications and opportunities which are made possible by said combination.

 

The results of the project were recorded in three videos that showed the opportunities of the three demonstrators: creating a safe industrial working environment, healthy habits in an office environment and user-friendly monitoring of outdoor activities for assisted living by senior citizens.

Unobtrusive wearables for health and sports applications

The European CareWare research and development project used electronics and textile to design completely unobtrusive wearable solutions suitable for applications in healthcare and sports.

 

The Sirris Data Team, one of the initiators of the project, was involved in patient monitoring at a care institution. The main contribution was the design and construction of a proof-of-concept system to collect data via a heterogeneous set of wearable and environmental sensors, using this data to analyse data of the monitored user and provide useful feedback to this user and other stakeholders.

 

The project focused on the overlap between the textile, electronics and IT sectors, creating inconspicuous wearable solutions and involving partners from various elements of the value chain. Belgian partners Alsico, Centexbel, Televic, Sony Depthsensing Solutions (former SoftKinetic), NXP and Sirris worked together within a consortium with other European partners on the realisation of proof-of-concept solutions for health and sports applications. The Belgian partners focused on the health sector and specifically on the development of solutions to monitor patients in an inconspicuous, non-stigmatising and comfortable manner. The use case aimed to provide support to the nursing staff of a care institution when monitoring the rehabilitation of patients and their increasing activity after an intervention.

Effectively converting data from wearables into actionable information

In February 2017,Centexbel, Fedustria, POM West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders Development Agency), Innovatiecentrum and the Enterprise Europe Network organised the second edition of the European Congress on Innovation in Textiles for Healthcare, where important players from the textile and health sectors came together to exchange information and ideas about how innovations in these sectors can help improve quality of life. The Sirris Data Innovation Team presentation focused on a challenging domain: converting data that is collected via wearables and other sensors present in the user's environment into actionable information.

 

Applications that help us to improve our general quality of life are receiving more and more attention. Examples of this include smartwatches and fitness trackers that follow users. Most of these applications, however, have considerable limitations that create obstacles with respect of the goal for which they were designed. During the congress, the Sirris Data Innovation Team presented these limitations and discussed how these could be tackled to create a personalised, context-aware analysis of the quality of life. The focus was on topics such as data collection and integration from multiple sources, enriched activity detection and context recognition, splitting for multiple users and dynamic user profiling.

 

Sirris has been actively involved in the SMARTpro and CareWare projects within this context.