Multimodal Emergency Guide System for Elderly
According to EC Eurostat between 2013 and 2080 the working population is projected to decline steadily. As a result, the share of those aged 80 years or above in the EU-28’s population is projected to more than double between 2013 and 2080. Similarly, US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports show that by 2050, Americans aged 65 or older will mount to 89 million people; this is more than double the number of older adults in the United States in 2010. Based on these projections and bearing in mind the financial burden of hospices and retirement, more and more elderly people with aging problems likely will try to survive in their own domiciles. Even thought this might seem to be a less costly option, on the contrary to the controlled environments such as retirement homes, in the case of emergency there will be no one to guide or help them evacuate their house or building.
Our aim is to implement, deploy and evaluate an emergency guide system, which will navigate elderly people out of the endangered area. This will be achieved by installing off-the-shelf low-cost sensors and beacons to the residency and round the minute tracking of the elderly user. The sensors will be triggered in the event of emergency – such as fire and earthquake – and user will be guided by one of multimodal interaction methods – heat, vibration, sound – that is specifically tailored according to his/her needs. Conducting this research activity as part of the programme will enable the researchers to collaborate in an international level and would be a stepping-stone for creating a larger scale project with partners from other European countries.