A minimally intrusive monitoring system that utilizes electricity consumption as a proxy for wellbeing

Hunt, Tim D. and Rajendran, Dileep and Nikora, Mark and Bennett, Susan and Fendall, Andy (2014) A minimally intrusive monitoring system that utilizes electricity consumption as a proxy for wellbeing. Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology, 18 (2). ISSN 2230-4398

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The purpose of this work was to test the hypothesis: `Off-the-shelf domestic electricity meters can be utilised to assist in monitoring the wellbeing of elderly people` Many studies have shown that it is, in theory, possible to use domestic electricity consumption to determine `activities of daily living` but the availability of systems for actual use is very limited. This work followed the Design Science Research Methodology to create a Java application running on the Google App Engine cloud service that interfaced with both electricity meters and voice and text services. The system was implemented and tested over a three month period with one older person and their carer. Results demonstrated that the technology readily succeeds in meeting the study`s initial objectives. The need for more sophisticated decision logic was apparent and a method to determine whether a home is currently occupied is likely to improve the ability to create more timely alerts.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:independent living, assisted living, wellbeing, electricity monitoring, Google App Engine
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Information Technology
ID Code:3384
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Deposited On:18 Nov 2014 20:20
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