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CAALYX: a new generation of location-based services in healthcare

Maged N Kamel Boulos1*, Artur Rocha2, Angelo Martins2, Manuel Escriche Vicente3, Armin Bolz4, Robert Feld4, Igor Tchoudovski4, Martin Braecklein4, John Nelson5, Gearóid Ó Laighin6, Claudio Sdogati7, Francesca Cesaroni7, Marco Antomarini7, Angela Jobes8 and Mark Kinirons9

Author Affiliations

1 Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, UK

2 Location Based Information Systems, Information and Communication Systems Unit, INESC Porto, Campus da FEUP, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 378, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal

3 Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo, Parque Tecnológico de Boecillo, 118-120, 47151 – Boecillo, Valladolid, Spain

4 Corscience GmbH & Co. KG, Henkestr. 91, 91052 Erlangen, Germany

5 Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, College of Informatics & Electronics, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

6 Department of Electronic Engineering, National University of Ireland, Galway, Galway, Ireland

7 COOSS Marche Onlus, Dipartimento R&D, via Saffi n° 4, 60121 Ancona, Italy

8 Synkronix IIIncorporation Ltd, Dunston House, Dunston Corner, Hemingstone, Ipswich IP6 9QD, UK

9 Department of Ageing & Health, St Thomas' Hospital (NHS), London SE1 7EH, UK

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International Journal of Health Geographics 2007, 6:9  doi:10.1186/1476-072X-6-9

Published: 12 March 2007


Recent advances in mobile positioning systems and telecommunications are providing the technology needed for the development of location-aware tele-care applications. This paper introduces CAALYX – Complete Ambient Assisted Living Experiment, an EU-funded project that aims at increasing older people's autonomy and self-confidence by developing a wearable light device capable of measuring specific vital signs of the elderly, detecting falls and location, and communicating automatically in real-time with his/her care provider in case of an emergency, wherever the older person happens to be, at home or outside.