HANNOVER MESSE 2018,
23 - 27 April
Fontys Hogescholen - HTSM
Flooring that monitors patient safetyIn the Smart Floor project, TechForFuture is developing a prototype smartfloor which offers a fall-detection function. Essentially it consists of flooringunderlay which can detect and interpret movements. The smart floor can beused for patient-safety monitoring, without significant privacy implications.Recycled materials and recyclableWhere possible the smart floor will be manufactured using recycledmaterials and the flooring underlay is also fully recyclable.Customised careThe increasing number of elderly people means that there is a growingdemand for affordable, customised care, while the number of personnelin the sector is falling. Healthcare providers only have a limited capacity.Cost control in healthcare is an important issue for society as a whole. TheSmart Floor project aims to respond to this. It covers the development andproduction of tiles of flooring underlay that are interconnected to producea smart floor which can monitor the movements and status of residents.This provides a range of functions, such as to monitor personal safety inhealthcare without significantly reducing their privacy. Smart floors couldalso reduce the workload on family caregivers. The technology can detect ifa person has fallen, or monitor the pattern of one or more persons movingaround in a room. This product offers a range of opportunities to delivercustomised care while also controlling costs.PrivacyAn earlier approach to reduce the workload on home-care workers was touse cameras for patient monitoring. However, this led to objections becauseit infringed on patients' privacy. In this approach, patients were under 24/7video monitoring leading to a complete loss of privacy - hence this solutionwas considered unacceptable. In contrast, the smart floor only monitors theposition of a patient and assesses whether they might be in danger.
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