The aim of the SoftCare project was to develop and test out a monitoring system for older people which allowed carers and users to get real-time alarms in dangerous or potentially dangerous situations, with warnings on long-term trends which could indicate a future problem. The user wears a small bracelet and places one static node in each room of their home. The bracelet contains a 3D accelerometer and a mobile communication device. The system requires an internet connection and there is an additional key fob device to extend the system’s capabilities outside the home. In May 2012 the system was trialled in sheltered housing and in private homes.
The project was completed October 2012