Wspólnotowy Serwis Informacyjny Badan i Rozwoju - CORDIS

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WIISEL

Project reference: 288878
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Wireless Insole for Independent and Safe Elderly Living

From 2011-11-01 to 2015-03-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 762 922

EU contribution:

EUR 2 901 000

Coordinated in:

Spain

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
WIISEL's main goal is to develop an unobtrusive, self-learning and wearable prevention and warning system to decrease the incidence of falls in the elderly population.
The idea is that elderly people put a specifically designed insole in their shoes, which monitors their walking pattern. This way the system may detect changes in gait and balance in the daily environment of the older person, which helps predict the likelihood of falling.
Thanks to a wireless system and chips built into the insole, data captured by the movements of the foot are sent to a mobile device or computer, so that the doctor, caregiver, nurse or administrator can follow the evolution of the patient, to assess if he correctly follows the rehabilitation programme or if he returns to bad habits that increase the risk of falling. If this occurs, an alert is sent immediately to the responsible caregiver. Thus the system provides security to the elderly and reduces their fear of falling, directly improving their quality of life.

Objective

The main goal of WIISEL is to develop a flexible research tool to collect and analyze gait data from real users and correlate parameters related with the risk of falls from the elderly population.<br/>The global objective of the project is to provide a tool to continuous and remotely monitor gait and fall risk in the elderly and collect information on long term gait data for researchers in this field. This tool will consist of a combination of a flexible software platform together with wearable insole device collecting data related with gait. Risk of falls will be calculated as a new Fall Risk Index based on multiple gait parameters and gait pattern recognition. WIISEL will allow quantifying activity, assessing the quality of gait under real life conditions and will enable researchers to evaluate and monitor fall risk in elderly patients, in the home and community environment, mostly reflecting everyday life behavior. The system can be used as a research or rehabilitation tool and enable the recording of fall events to better recognize and correlate fall-associated gait patterns and increased fall risk.<br/>The main output expected from the project is a flexible research tool that will impact in the scientific community with the following elements:1. A constant monitoring system for elderly people through a wearable and unobtrusive sensing insole connected to a data analysis system. The WIISEL system will continuously capture spatial–temporal data (eg, stride time, single support time, and swing time, double support time, cadence, nº steps per day, step length, stride length, gait speed, heel acceleration, postural sway, limits of stability, minimum foot clearance, maximum pressure values on heel and toe) related to human gait and balance.2. Intelligent algorithms which will utilize data analysis including pattern recognition to quantify fall risk and provide useful information on fall risk assessment. With these results the project will contribute with a self learning analysis framework as a basis for further research in optimizing fall risk prediction and identifying fall risk factors.3. A Fall Risk Index based on multiple gait parameters (eg stride time, gait speed, step length and double support time and their variability) and gait pattern recognition to assess and quantify the risk of fall of elderly population4. Real-life and long term human gait data useful for the scientific community to enrich existing databases.5. A fall detection algorithm to feed gait pattern recognition.<br/>Moreover, the WIISEL system as a flexible tool may lay the ground for a commercial pathway as a continuous and remotely monitoring platform.

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Coordinator

FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 0


Av. Ernest lluch 36
08302 Mataró
Spain
Administrative contact: Fanny Breuil
Tel.: +34937419100
Fax: +34937419228
E-mail

Participants

SPRING TECHNO GMBH & CO KG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 414 840


HERMANN KOHLSTRASSE 7
28199 BREMEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Holger Arndt
Tel.: +49 421 9601440
Fax: +49 421 9601150
E-mail
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 351 631


CAMPUS DE LA UAB BELLATERRA
08193 CERDANYOLA BARCELONA
Spain
Administrative contact: Xavier Leal
Tel.: +34 93 5814964
Fax: +34 93 5813033
E-mail
TEJIDOS INDESMALLABLES GEISA SL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 108 078


POLIGONO INDUSTRIAL CAN TRIAS, CALLE RAMON LLULL
08232 VILADECAVALLS
Spain
Administrative contact: Albert Millan
Tel.: +34 93 788 90 12
Fax: +34937892627
E-mail
FUNDACION CETEMMSA
Participation ended
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 537 700


AVINGUDA ERNEST LLUCH 36 PARC CIENTIFIC TECNOCAMPUS
08302 MATARO
Spain
Administrative contact: Fanny Breuil
Tel.: +34937419100
Fax: +34937419228
E-mail
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 304 505


UNIVERSITY ROAD
. GALWAY
Ireland
Administrative contact: Mari Vahey
Tel.: +353 91 495939
Fax: +35391494519
E-mail
THE FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH SERVICES NEXT TO THE MEDICAL CENTER TEL AVIV
Israel

EU contribution: EUR 370 881


WEIZMANN STREET 6
64239 Tel Aviv
Israel
Administrative contact: Michal Roll
Tel.: +972 3 697 4761
Fax: +97236925739
E-mail
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI RIPOSO E CURA PER ANZIANI INRCA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 333 000


VIA SANTA MARGHERITA 5
60124 ANCONA
Italy
Administrative contact: Fiorella Marcellini
Tel.: +39 071 800 4788
Fax: +39 071 35941
E-mail
IMEGO AB
Participation ended
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 66 420


Arvid Hedvalls backe 4
40014 GOTHENBURG
Sweden
Administrative contact: Hans Palerius
Tel.: +46 317501809
Fax: +46317501801
E-mail
ACREO SWEDISH ICT AB
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 413 945


BOX 1070
164 25 KISTA
Sweden
Administrative contact: Asa KLINGENSJÖ
Tel.: +4686327829
E-mail

Subjects

Life Sciences
Record Number: 100976 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01