HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April

Smart floor

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Fontys Hogescholen - HTSM

Exhibitor details
Exhibitor details

Product description

Flooring that monitors patient safety
In the Smart Floor project, TechForFuture is developing a prototype smart
floor which offers a fall-detection function. Essentially it consists of flooring
underlay which can detect and interpret movements. The smart floor can be
used for patient-safety monitoring, without significant privacy implications.

Recycled materials and recyclable
Where possible the smart floor will be manufactured using recycled
materials and the flooring underlay is also fully recyclable.

Customised care
The increasing number of elderly people means that there is a growing
demand for affordable, customised care, while the number of personnel
in the sector is falling. Healthcare providers only have a limited capacity.
Cost control in healthcare is an important issue for society as a whole. The
Smart Floor project aims to respond to this. It covers the development and
production of tiles of flooring underlay that are interconnected to produce
a smart floor which can monitor the movements and status of residents.
This provides a range of functions, such as to monitor personal safety in
healthcare without significantly reducing their privacy. Smart floors could
also reduce the workload on family caregivers. The technology can detect if
a person has fallen, or monitor the pattern of one or more persons moving
around in a room. This product offers a range of opportunities to deliver
customised care while also controlling costs.

An earlier approach to reduce the workload on home-care workers was to
use cameras for patient monitoring. However, this led to objections because
it infringed on patients' privacy. In this approach, patients were under 24/7
video monitoring leading to a complete loss of privacy - hence this solution
was considered unacceptable. In contrast, the smart floor only monitors the
position of a patient and assesses whether they might be in danger.

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Hall 2, Stand C12

Dutch Pavillion

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