The world is getting older as we speak. With a combination of falling mortality rates and declining fertility we are experiencing a worldwide demographic transition: from young to increasingly ageing populations. According to the UN’s Population Division, by 2050 people aged 60 and over will make up to 21% of the world’s population, with developed countries having the biggest share of their elders. An aging population brings new challenges in healthcare, and that’s why both governments and businesses are showing a growing interest in better technology for senior care.
High-Tech Keeps Track of Seniors
Japan is one of the most developed countries in the world, yet nearly a third of its population is considered to be elderly, with many of them living in complete solitude. No family or friends. Nobody can even ask if they’re still alive – a tendency that results in about 30 000 lonely deaths every year.
Though the case of Japan probably has more to do with characteristics related to social structure, it’s also about resources and logistics – you can’t have a nurse or doctor keep guard at all times. Even family members are not able to always keep close. The emerging feasible solution is to use IoT-driven sensor technology that would keep track of the elderly 24/7, analyze their behaviour and remotely report on their health status.
Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging Provides Both Privacy and Quality
One of the emerging new promises in IoT solutions for elder care is the Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging technology. This technology uses Wi-Fi signals to create imaging data that can later be turned into insights on motion patterns within a given environment. All you need is a simple router equipped with the Doppler Imaging enabled chipsets, that includes both software and a radar that can track movement, gait, body position, even breathing. The technology can offer insight on human behavior or identify situations that could be life-threatening.
The best part is that elders won’t get freaked out over privacy. No need for any wearables or cameras – Doppler imaging works based on the Wi-Fi signals and provides information based on Doppler Spectrograms (rather than on a photo/video of a person). To make it short, you don’t have to worry about Wi-Fi Doppler imaging seeing you while in the shower. Nobody’s going to take pictures since the solution only monitors radio frequencies shifts and not your body contour.
Wi-Fi Prevents Injury and Possible Death
Seniors are in danger of hurting themselves everyday. Whether it’s shower slips, bedfalls, heart attacks or breathing difficulties, there are numerous ways elders can easily end up in the hospital. Statistics paint a very grim picture, with one in four Americans over the age of 65 falling each year, many of which end up with broken bones or even death. This reality could be improved if we had better technology to identify problems in advance, and that’s exactly what Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging is designed to assist.
For example, an elderly person could be monitored through the Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging algorithm in the comfort of their own home. The AI already has an idea of what is normal, so if it detected a person lying on the ground for too long, it would interpret such motion as unusual, thus sending an alert message to a designated person through an app. Same would happen if the AI would detect breathing irregularities. This way emergency services or family members could react immediately and rush to an eldery person in need of help.
AI-Powered Care is Around the Corner
Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging technology includes a radar component plus an artificial intelligence layer. To make it as effective as possible, developers here at Celeno are constantly researching and training their algorithm so that it recognizes dangerous situations and reacts accordingly. In 2020, we are likely to see some major advancements in the industry, with AI-based sensors having a big role in keeping senior citizens safe and improving their quality of life.
Want to learn more? Check out our video demonstration of how Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging works and join us in this exciting time for senior healthcare!