Overall project idea
Follow.Me aims to satisfy people‘s desire - mainly family members and doctors - of monitoring the position of elderly people with different forms of dementia and Alzheimer, in order to prevent danger situations. There is nothing more frightening than losing a loved person. Satellite tracking devices can help quickly locate missing people. Keeping track of an elderly adult, with health or mental problems, is an important challenge for ageing well.
The Follow.Me platform (GPS tracker, smartwatch app and web app) aims to create an easy to use system to locate people and provide information when they leave a specific area (the house, the hospital, the surrounding streets). The system allows easy configuration through a rule engine based on the IFTTT paradigm (IF This, Then That).
Follow.Me will be available on any independent (not extension of the smartphone) smartwatch on the market in the next future, to be used by disabled people with easy to use features and a comfortable wearability. There will be therefore no need to carry also a smartphone by the cognitively impaired in order to tether and pair the two devices.
The smartwatch with GPS and a 3G modem will be able to share its position with doctors and family members through a web application and a mobile app for multiple devices. Upon the occurrence of an alarm (abandonment of a safe area, inactivity, etc.), the system can activate the alarm procedures on smartwatch (voice message, video call, voip), connecting the user with a doctor or family member, but also providing automatic guidance to the user.
Caregivers and family members will be able to track their patients and loved ones using geofencing technologies in order to know when they leave or enter a given area, the speed they are traveling, send them notifications that will appear on the watch and even call them. Follow.Me will use a cloud-based architecture to store and share its position with authorized devices.
Based on specific needs, the watch will adapt its configuration in order to have a low consuming profile with few location beacons transmitted or high consuming profile with real time sharing of its location.
Authorized users, mainly family members and caregivers, will have access to:
- geofencing areas
- travel speed
- open/close of watch
- body parameters (if available)
They will be able to create safe areas, unsafe areas and alarms when the Follow.Me device leaves a given location or when it arrives at a given place.
Also, they will track travel speed and consequently send warnings if certain thresholds are exceeded. Other warnings include possible removal of the watch, falling of the patient, long inactivity leading to possible injury.
All the above information and configuration will be done through a user friendly web application or a mobile app, both for Android and iOS devices. If possible, mobile apps will include the possibility to text or call the Follow.Me device directly from the app or send a real-time push notification. The mobile app may also receive automatic messages if the watch enters or leaves a given area or if the speed is over the threshold, for example to detect fast driving.