Elderly living alone can be monitored by new sound system technology

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TOKYO and DANIELLE DEMETRIOU

May 14, 2015

A new system by Fujitsu analyses household sounds to ensure health and safety of elderly

Elderly people who live alone can be monitored by new technology that analyses household sounds to ensure their safety.

The new sound monitoring system, developed by Fujitsu, the Japanese electronics company, examines noises in homes via a microphone connected to a data centre

The technology is refined enough to differentiate between the sound of a falling object or a collapsing human and can instantly alert family members or security firms if any abnormality is detected.

From breathing and coughing to sleeping, all noises made by the resident can be detected by the technology, in addition to analysis of daily routines, heat and humidity levels.

Key to the new technology is the fact that unlike camera-based devices, the new system is able to provide around-the-clock monitoring without any violation of personal privacy, according to its developers.

The new sound system – called a Remote Monitoring Station – will be marketed initially to hospitals, local government and security firms from December.

“This captures live sounds, including speech, coughs, breathing during sleep and movements, with the microphone built into the station, and tracks changes in status using Fujitsu’s proprietary sound-analysis methods,” the company said.

“This also analyses a person’s patterns, which have been learned. The temperature and humidity sensors can estimate heat stress.”

Technology for the elderly is a prominent emerging business sector in Japan, a nation where more than one in four people is currently over the age of 65 – a proportion predicted to grow to a third by 2035.

As a result, a growing number of companies are creating increasingly innovative products, services and devices specifically targeting Japan’s so-called Silver Age demographic .

This article was written by DANIELLE DEMETRIOU and TOKYO from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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