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Enabling location-aware pervasive computing applications for the edlerly

First IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom'03)

Author: Helal, S., Winkler, B., Lee, C., Kaddoura, Y., Ran, L., Giraldo, C., Kuchibhotla, S., Mann, W.
Year: 2003
Type: Conference Paper


The Pervasive Computing Laboratory at the University of Florida is dedicated to creating smart environments and assistants to enable elderly persons to live a longer and a more independent life at home. By achieving this goal, technology will increase the chances of successful aging despite an ailing Health Care system (e.g. Medicaid). One of the essential services required to maximize the intelligence of a smart environment is an indoor precision tracking system. Such system allows the smart home to make proactive decisions to better serve its occupants by enabling context-awareness instead of being solely reactive to their commands. This paper presents our hands-on experience and lessons learnt from our first phase work to build up a smart home infrastructure for the elderly. We review location tracking technology and describe the rational behind our choice of the emerging ultrasonic sensor technology. We give an overview of the House of Matilda (an in-laboratory mock up house) and describe our design of a precision indoor tracking system. We also describe an OSGi-based robust framework that abstracts the ultrasonic technology int a standard service to enable the creation of tracking based applications by third party, and to facilitate the collaboration among various devices and other OSGi services. Finally, we describe three pervasive computing applications that use the location-tracking system which we have implemented in Matildaï¾’s house.

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Publish Location Fort Worth,Texas
Accession Number 26.2.04
Keywords older, health improvement, telecommunication

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