Smart Home Up Up

This article and the developments behind it were inspired by Micky Flanagan's comedy sketch about going 'out out'. It is very funny and helps explain what we are talking about:

The related challenge we have with our smart home is to know if someone is 'properly up' each morning, or as Micky would say 'up up'. It is easy to detect when someone has got up in the night to get a drink from the kitchen or go to the toilet but, we don't want the house to decide that people are now 'up up' and start doing things like running scenes, voice announcements, opening curtains, switching off alarms, unlocking doors, etc. There are many things that we only want to occur in our smart home when it has determined that someone is 'up up'.

To address this we have spent a lot of time refining our smart home's 'up up' algorithm based on detected occupancy and presence, people counting, time of day, event counting and other methods so that we have an accurate view of whether someone in our home has got up or whether someone in our home is 'up up'.

The algorithm is particularly applicable to telecare and assisted living. The assisted living demonstrator we have built around our smart home software is able to provide a clear view to both local and remote carers as to whether the person being cared for has got up that day and when. If the person being cared for hasn't got up up by a particular time then it will alert carers.

We will be adding more detail here on the thinking behind our algorithm and its implementation. The algorithm only works because our Home Control System (HCS) has 'whole house' context and monitors occupancy and presence across each zone/room, as well as the whole house.

The Connected Bed

A key input into this algorithm is provided by bed occupancy sensors connected to our smart home. We have developed our own sensor which provides a very accurate and timely view as to whether a bed is occupied or not. Sensors like these are key to getting quality occupancy and presence data in rooms where people sit or lie still for long periods of time.

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