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IS-ACTIVE (Ambient Assistant Living)

Inertial Sensing Systems for Advanced Chronic Condition Monitoring and Risk Prevention

Project Manager: Prof. dr. Paul Havinga
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
Tel.: +31 53 4894619
Email: havinga@cs.utwente.nl



The objective of IS-ACTIVE is to devise a person-centric healthcare solution for patients with chronic conditions - especially elderly people - based on the recent advances in wireless inertial sensing systems. The project emphasizes the role of the home as care environment, by providing real-time support to patients in order to monitor, self-manage and improve their physical condition according to their specific situation.

IS-ACTIVE aims at producing tangible results in the form of fully-functional prototypes with a relatively short estimated time to market (1-2 years). The project addresses all the development phases of such a prototype wireless sensing platform for patients with chronic conditions, from hardware platforms and software packages to algorithms and user interfacing.

The IS-ACTIVE consortium aims to design, build and test systems that can eventually be bought and used by the individuals, instead of being the property of healthcare institutions. IS-ACTIVE will attempt to shift medical device technology into the mainstream consumer electronics market. This implies that there is a strong focus towards ease of use, integration and pricing.

IS-ACTIVE results are to be validated through field trials involving patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD became the fourth cause of death worldwide due to an increase in smoking rates and demographic changes in many countries. Patients need to manage their chronic condition through extensive physical therapy. However, the physical therapy needs to be adapted to the situation of the patient and according to his/her progress. The sensor-based system that will be produced in IS-ACTIVE will:

  • Provide the patients an effective sensing system for daily use, which analyzes in real-time their physical activity and condition, and helps them to better manage their chronic conditions.
  • Provide the patients an easy-to-use interface and a natural feedback, so that they become easily aware about the importance of self-management and they feel more inclined to take concrete action in preventing and managing their chronic conditions.
  • Provide the caregivers an effective remote monitoring tool, through which they investigate the success of the physical therapy and adapt it with minimal effort.

The field trials that will be carried out at three locations (in Norway, the Netherlands and Romania) will assess the added value of the IS-ACTIVE miniaturized wireless sensing system and reflect back how these objectives are met.

Project duration: 1 April 2009 – 1 April 2012
Project budget: 737.4 k-€ (funding / Dutch part)
Number of person/months: 208 person/months
Project Coordinator: University of Twente / CTIT
Participants: University of Twente / CTIT, Roessingh Research & Development, Inertia Technology, Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway, NORUT Northern Research Institute, University Hospital Elias, PROSYS
Project budget CTIT: 341.6 k-€ (funding)
Number of person/months CTIT: 40 person/months
Involved groups: Pervasive Systems (PS)