The HomeCare project aims to integrate technological advances in home automation and user interaction through the TV.

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A standard TV and remote control were chosen as communication tools due to the great familiarity that users have with these devices and their management. TV is much easier to use by people with little or no knowledge of Informatics.

The current version is based on a web platform, designed for use in low-resource hardware supports (such as set-top box or Raspberry Pi). It also seeks to create an ecosystem that allows us to know the state of the home and its inhabitants. To do this we will use the information we can get from the different sensors located within the home.

There are many possible applications. For example, by installing sensors on doors and windows it is possible to have a security system that notifies the user of all entrances and exits of the house. This notification may be made on TV, by e-mail, through a whatsapp or similar message, whether the user is watching a program or, if desired, the TV is off (standby mode).

The main idea is that through the TV the user can have access to a range of services aimed at assisting the elderly, disabled, or any other type of user. This service could include a request for an appointment with the doctor or a request for transportation.

The TV display is achieved by embedding a viewer plugin in the browser, which provides access to a Freeview tuner, integrated or external (usually connected via USB). Thus, an expensive internet connection is not required to use the system.

In order to transmit the information and enable the elderly user to communicate with the control center, the system may use the user’s internet connection, but these connections are usually expensive and they are not good in rural environments. To reduce costs and allow transmitting the information, the system may be integrated with a WIFI network at a low cost. The research group may deploy WIFI networks with very low cost custom software developed by BISITE, based on 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks. These technologies allow creating point to point connections in a range of 50 km and omnidirectional connections in 10 km to provide service to a whole village. This way, the users wouldn’t need to have an internet connection at home and they could use the low cost WIFI service provided by a piece of hardware with a cost of 60 euros.

 

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ASSOCIATED PROJECTS

REGIONALS

The Elder online

Funding body: Castilla y León Regional Government(ADE)

Collaborators: Flag Solutions S.L., GRUPO LIMCASA S.L. and ESGRA, S.L.

Principal Research: Juan Manuel Corchado Rodríguez

Start date: 01-04-2011    End date: 01-12-2012

 

 

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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