Implementing an In-Home Sensor Agent in Conjunction with an Elderly Monitoring Network
In this paper, we present the design and implementation of the in-home sensor agent MaMoRu-Kun as an Internet of Things (IoT) smart device, developed via the “Research and development of the regional/solitary elderly life support system using multi-fusion sensors” project. At Akita Prefectural University, the bed and pillow sensors and corresponding monitoring system have been developed to watch elderly individuals at bedtime, in particular those who live alone. As a sensor agent, MaMoRu-Kun is connected to the in-home wireless network of the target individuals accommodations and collects trigger information from various switches, motion detection sensors, and a remote controller. This smart device is also able to send its entire set of data along with the status of the sensor to a collection and monitoring server connected via a long-term evolution (LTE) router. We implemented this agent using an Arduino and a Bluetooth-connected Android terminal.
This research was conducted with the support of The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Strategic Information and Communications R&D Promotion Programme (SCOPE 152302001) in Japan. We are grateful to Prof. Hirokazu Madokoro and A/Prof. Kazuhisa Nakasho at Akita Prefectural University for helpful discussions with this research.
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