Sensors at key points in the home transmit data wirelessly to the gateway and on to the Internet. If an unexpected changes in normal routine is detected then the cloud monitor sends alerts to caregivers. False alarms are avoided by several stages of checking..
A motion sensor back of a picture detects the motion of passing occupants and a vibration sensor detects opening of cabinet or doors.
The red tulip or light touch home monitoring system for the elderly consists of several wireless sensors and one (or more) gateways with WiFi communication to the Internet. The gateway plugs into a wall receptacle in a room frequently occupied by the resident and is visible to occupants. Sensors are located at inconspicuous key points in the home which are normally visited during daily living. Sensor data is transmitted wirelessly to the gateway and on to the Internet or cloud where activity is analyzed. If an abnormal activity, such as a resident not going to the kitchen all day, is detected then the cloud monitor sends a sequence of alerts to the home, caregivers and, if necessary, to emergency services.
We include a cal/fall sensor for immediate response but normally the monitor just checks for deviation from normal activity and information sent to the caregiver on non-urgent basis. We consider many existing medical alert products, such as call pendants, as to be too limited in function, somewhat intrusive and insufficient avoidance of false alarms.
The sequence of notifications which avoids false alarms but also provides immediate response when needed are:
To finish the development with all the features included we have started our crowdfunding campaign for $40k on Indiegogo. We welcome you to visit our campaign page, and share with your friends and family. We hope you will join us in making this project a reality.
All at early bird prices.
Following the crowdfunding project, the Red Tulip monitor will be made available on a monthly rental basis ($20 to $50 per month). Additional sensors aimed at a wider range of homeowners will be developed.
Cost-effective – just a few hours of avowing moving to assisted living pays for the monitoring system.