Scenario 1. Mary’s wake-up call at 07:00 didn’t happen, because Sonopa detected that she is already out of bed and in the bathroom, but Sonopa does remind her, on the tablet by her bed, that she has an appointment with the optician. Sonopa sees that Mary has not planned any activities after the optician’s appointment, as a result a recommendation is proposed to her via the tablet to go to an art exhibition that takes place 15 min from the optician’s place. She still has time to prepare and enjoy a fine breakfast. She is following some advice that she got from Sonopa about the importance of having a nutritious breakfast. The Sonopa system had noticed that Mary often skips breakfast.
As she is preparing to leave the house, Sonopa detects her presence in the corridor near the main door, and as she picks up the keys, Sonopa registers that she is about to leave the house and reminds her to buy some groceries. Mary consults her grocery list which her son, Steve, left in Sonopa when he visited yesterday and inspected the fridge. When Mary comes back after an eventful day, Sonopa tells her via the big screen in the kitchen that today was the last day of school for her granddaughters, and maybe she can send them a message and ask about their grades? Mary sends a text message via a speech messaging tool. Fifteen minutes later, Susan (her grandchild) pushes her school report to Mary’s tablet and requests a short video chat via the screen. Mary and Susan have a nice video chat and Mary tells Susan that her eyes are improving and that she enjoyed the art exhibition afterwards. Since Mary uses Sonopa she feels more in touch with her family, especially with her grandchildren. Her family also likes Sonopa because of Mary’s shared sensor data that they can consult. This way, they always know how Mary is doing and have more peace of mind.
Scenario 2. Charles is 70 years old and lives alone as his wife passed away a couple of years ago. Charles was always engaging in a lot of different activities with his wife such as cycling or hiking but since she died, he has not found the motivation to do that anymore. He feels that since he has stopped being active, his general wellbeing has decreased. Charles often feels lonely now and doesn’t have the energy to do much. He also gets out of breath more easily than before. This worries him and his family. Charles’ family is trying to organize activities with him but they are living three hours away from his place, which makes it hard to meet on a regular basis. That is why his daughter has suggested to him to try the Sonopa system that puts him in touch with people who carry out different activities with him in his hometown. Charles has created a Sonopa profile on which he indicates that he is looking for persons who could motivate him to go more outdoors and carry out activities with him. Via the Sonopa matchmaking platform Charles got matched up with John. John is 35 year old and lives in Charles’ hometown. He is currently out of work but wants to start a career as a fitness trainer. To try out his coaching skills and get some experience in this field he applied to be a member of the Sonopa network. The Sonopa company screened John to verify that he is a trusted coach. John offers fitness coaching via telepresence and also organizes fun fitness activities such as hiking tours every Sunday. Charles immediately got interested when Sonopa suggested to him to meet with John as he loves hiking. He also likes the video-training which he can conveniently perform at home. Additionally, the Sonopa system provides Charles simple activity recommendations based on the sensed activity levels. For instance, based on the weather report, the system will recommend a walk in the afternoon, but only if Charles has not left the house before noon, and only after 14:30, because the system has discovered that Charles usually takes a nap until then. Charles and John are very happy that the Sonopa sensor data shows that Charles has been much more active since he started using Sonopa. Therefore, Charles continues to participate in John’s activities every Sunday where he also made a couple of new friends. At least once a week Charles gets in touch with his family via the video calling tool included in Sonopa. During these calls he explains the different activities he has carried out during the week and his daughter understands that the Sonopa system has helped him to become more active and involved.
Scenario 3. Emma receives a notification on her screen that another elder in the Sonopa social network wants to play a game. She accepts and joins the game. Challenges are proposed to them using the screen that make them move in the whole house such as ‘go in your room and look for an old object, come back and show it to the screen’. This is an opportunity for them to talk face to face and remember past events. While she goes to her room to retrieve the object, the PIR sensors follow her movements and compare her speed with the measures from previous games. Players pass levels, get rewards, and new, more complex challenges are proposed (e.g. increase the number of visits, which could be motivation to call relations, family or neighbors to participate and come). Each time one of the carers who visit Emma comes, his entrance is logged by the visual sensor placed at the entrance of the house. All carers receive periodically by email a report on earlier visits of caregivers when they came, and how intense was the visit (how long, in how many rooms). The information is also archived in a shared agenda(*). This information will aid them to coordinate their help. Also are included monitoring parameters such as long term behavior changes, and a profile of the user’s activity. Without Sonopa, (1) carers such as family would have to rely on asking the elder about visitors during the week, and about their activity levels. The answers would be subjective and not very accurate. This is a well-known phenomenon even for people with top mental capabilities, let alone for possibly forgetful erders. (2) carers do not know who has visited the elder. Several professional organizations come to the elder’s home, but today there is no exchange of information, and these agencies do not always know what other professional carers do. Thanks to the report, they can know each other and coordinate their activities. Sonopa provides the care givers with more in-depth, comprehensive and objective information about the elder’s activities. The report is the basis for quickly focusing on what is most relevant for the specific user and for sharing information more quickly, knowing for example if a carer had any problem (such as missing money to go shopping, or lack of drug.) It also gives a measure of the elder’s socialization, if the elder went outside or if the elder has moved to hospital. This also helps to reassure the family. Using the Sonopa system the help can be given to the right person at the right time.