The SensorQuality research project
Under the purview of this state-funded project, we addressed the application-oriented use of sensor technology to improve quality and security in the care sector. The goal of using sensor technology in this area is to improve the quality of both inpatient and outpatient care. This will save time, which in turn will free up space for personal attention and provide carers with the reassuring sense of ‘having done the right thing’.
Existing solutions were combined to create a unified concept for monitoring the identified parameters. These included vital parameters such as heartbeat and breathing rate as well as mobility, movement and bed moisture. Close contact was established with users in outpatient care as well as in senior and care homes in order to familiarise them with technically innovative solutions and develop and distribute perfectly tailored, marketable solutions.
We took part in the following important project steps:
- Collecting vital parameters on the slatted frame for bedbound patients
- Developing and producing ceramic piezo elements
- Processing the measured values and transmitting these wirelessly (Bluetooth) to the hardware and software
The goal of developing a solution that would be easy to use and come at a uniquely low price was achieved. It was also important for this system not to compete with solutions such as classic emergency calls made from home. Instead, it can be considered as a pre-emptive measure that allows one to ‘remain in good conscience’ with little effort. This particularly applies for relatives who regularly receive notifications that their older family members are doing well.
This project was funded by the European Union and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.