5G Test Network’s flexible service solutions for older people’s independent living

As a joint effort, Caritas, three technology companies – Haltian, Indalgo and Kaltiot – and 5G Test Network experts at the University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland contribute to security and comfort for longer living at home in a mature age.

For senior residents in care homes, the benefit of timely individualised services is evident. With the collected and analysed data, services and visits of caregivers can be organised in such a manner that unnecessary interruptions or delays are avoided and caregivers stop by when it is most convenient taking into account the resident’s activities. Instead of being limited by a rigid schedule, a resident can focus on the essential – an active elderly life for as long as possible.

Erkki Alatalosenior resident of Caritas-home did not hesitate when volunteering to open his home for the research project.

‘Participating in the development of improved technological solutions for persons in similar conditions as myself now and in the future is a privilege,’ added Alatalo.

In the research project carried out by the 5G Test Network team, measuring focuses essentially on movement, temperature and electricity consumption, which give an accurate picture of the progression of each resident’s morning routines. The time frame for data collection has been set from 6 am until 11 am so that sleepier residents can also be catered to. Data collected by sensors from individual apartments is transmitted and stored every minute with Nokia’s wireless solutions. Secure storage at the University of Oulu benefits of careful data security features making the solution trustworthy also from the data management point of view. The collected data is analysed by using different models based on artificial intelligence (AI) resulting in individual models of each resident’s morning activity and routines.

‘With the analysis produced for each individual, we will create an optimal plan for home care including all related services and functional timetables. Importantly, the AI based system allows us to detect and keep track on small changes in the resident’s condition leading to increased security and faster reaction to discrepancies,’ explained Petteri Viramo, MD and CEO of Caritas Palvelut Oy.

The team is very pleased with the results so far.

‘Co-operation with experts on the field of the new technology has been a great journey for us to learn more about possibilities but also limitations. I really believe that also our partners have come to know everyday life of elderly people,’ Petteri Viramo concluded.

The ongoing project in an important effort directly in line with national efforts to answer increasing service needs. In its ageing policy, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health stresses that older people’s functional capacity, independent living and active participation in society must be strongly supported.

Read more information about the project here.

Source: University of Oulu


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