More active office workers thanks to smart technology

How can you adopt a healthier position at work by means of smart textiles and wearable intelligence? In the context of the SMARTpro VIS project, Sirris set up three demonstrators illustrating the potential of combining data from different sources for advanced localisation and activity monitoring based on the technological developments realised within this project.

Moving more is one of the healthy work habits to adopt, also if you work in an office. That is why people who sit down all day at work should be encouraged to move regularly, to avoid spending too much time sitting down on a chair. This is how we can combat obesity and help people to stay fit and healthy. Sirris set up a second demonstrator at its own premises at BluePoint Brussels to make people more aware of their habits by means of smart technologies.

These technologies enable us to continuously monitor the activity level of office workers and alert them when their activity level becomes too low. A recommendation system will then encourage employees to move more. However, it is crucial that the system takes into account the employees’ current context in order to increase the chance that employees will actually take the message at heart.
In order to give effective recommendations, it is important to reliably detect the activity of employees and to get a clear idea about their habits at work. To this end, several beacons were set up in the office space. The test subject was also wearing trousers with an integrated accelerometer and gyroscopes, which were connected to a Bluetooth module acting as a beacon (developed in the context of other SMARTpro demonstrators). In this way, the smart trousers can detect and transmit whether the wearer is sitting or standing. A smartwatch at the test subject’s wrist collected the info from the different beacons and transmitted it for processing, which resulted in certain recommendations. The smartwatch was also equipped with a pedometer.

Over a longer period of time, such a system is able to get to know the habits of the test subject and formulate better recommendations. An evolution in the test subject's behaviour can also be recorded.

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