LifeLoS - Lifesaving Location Service

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Objectives of the service

Lifesaving Location Service (LifeLoS) is a new system aimed at managing patient risk derived from their behaviour. It is intended to be used inside a hospital, but the final solution will easily fit SPAs, campuses and every structure with outdoor and indoor areas in which people safety has to be monitored.

The solution tracks people position using several devices like smartphones, smartwatches and wristband, and is open to welcome any other with similar characteristics; data is collected into a platform and allows to avoid aggregation to prevent COVID-19 (or any other infection) spread. 

Beside this, it is able to recognize man-down and man-lost events: in case a person falls losing senses, or gets out of the monitored area, the system will trigger an alert allowing a timely reaction.

LifeLoS allows to decide new paths and define geofences, guiding people towards their destination inside the monitored area using the most safe path. It allows to avoid overcrowding and to help freeing an area to facilitate first aid in case of need.

Users and their needs

The users are people accessing a hospital. First of all, patients; then doctors, caregivers, and visitors. These profiles have slightly different needs, listed above for clarity.

Patients:

  • Communicate position, for every visit and need of the caregivers
  • Alert in case of man-down event, to receive assistance
  • Alert in case of man-lost, to be traced (especially the ones with neurological problems)
  • Avoid overcrowding by using the best path

Doctors and caregivers

  • Know patients position
  • Intervene in case of need (man-down, man-lost events)
  • Avoid overcrowding by using the best path

Visitors 

  • Avoid overcrowding by using the best path

Security

  • Intervene in case of need (man-lost events)
  • Avoid overcrowding by using the best path

The challenge for the project is to identify all these profiles, provide them a device and receive all the information inside a platform that can elaborate it to generate alerts, manage paths, present a management interface for fences and boundaries to admin users.

Even if the project is tailored on the structure of FSL buildings, potentially every hospital could use the system.

Service/ system concept

The system will enable traceability of people inside the FSL Hospital. Patients in this structure are mainly affected by neuropsychiatric issues, thus the need to trace them is more important than in other hospitals, given they may lose orienteering capabilities. Beside patients, also visitors and structure personnel have to deal with tracking, to avoid aggregation. Devices transmit information about positioning to beacons installed along the path to monitor. The beacons communicate with a gateway connected to the internet, allowing to send data to Davra platform, which is ready to deal with device (and people) ID and understand position.

The IoT is integrated with smartphones, both allowing to drive visitors safely to their destination inside the hospital and to let Admin know when a significant event occurs.

The platform is composed by wearables, IoT devices, gateways, and the cloud running the Davra and Abaco instances. Last ones interoperate to obtain data, represent it in a console, ad send alerts to users.

Space Added Value

Space assets used is Satellite Navigation to determine exact positioning: LifeLoS project uses this kind of data for the outdoor tracking of people. However, the evaluation is still open, as there may be room for IoT usage instead, to receive data in an easy format, already configured for indoor applications.

Current Status

The project is started and already under development by all the partners involved. FSL provided detailed information about the hospital site, Davra and Abaco had the first survey and identified the paths to use for the first MVP, and the sensors to acquire to run a first test already in place. The technical characteristics of sensors and gateways fulfil the project and are going to be tested as soon the devices are delivered to FSL.

Several meetings took place, one of them on FSL site, and a weekly alignment is held to be always on the same page and ready to response to anything unexpected, sharing the best solution.

The installation of the first devices is going to happen in the following days.

Status Date

Updated: 21 July 2021 - Created: 21 July 2021