The Internet of Things

'Much has already been written about how the Internet of Things will fuel a new economy of connected devices, analytics, and automation.  Intel’s Doug Davis, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Internet of Things Solution Group, believes the consequences are game-changing for almost every part of the economy.  “The Internet of Things has the capacity to solve the greatest social and business challenges of our time,” says Davis.  “This is far bigger than making a dumb device smart.”

 

In the keynote address to the Semicon West conference, Davis argued that the ability to create smart buildings, connected machinery, or even intelligent cars is only part of what we should expect from the Internet of Things. 

 

Because of the enormous amount of real-time, actual information we can produce, it is reasonable to start thinking about how smart and connected systems can tackle the management of booming urban centers, address the needs of millions of baby boomers with ageing parents, or create agricultural systems that feed the world’s escalating population.'

Cascade3d® Connected Care is a powerful analytics platform developed to connect elderly and vulnerable people to their families, health and social care workers and emergency services.  Packets of data from sensors placed in the home or from wearable devices are streamed back to secure servers via intelligent gateways built on Intel platforms.  Our Connected Care system trawls the data, learning typical habits and building up a unique wellbeing profile for each person.  Alerts are automatically triggered if behaviour deviates from what’s expected.

 

The system is incredibly powerful – there is no restriction on the number, size or source of the data streams.  Information is displayed in a series of easy-to-use reports, graphs and charts.  It’s readily accessible on the move via laptop, tablet, smartphone and PC.  Insight is available at an individual level and also aggregated across large volumes of information enabling decision makers to target resources exactly where they are needed most.

 

Our vision of creating a smarter safer environment for elderly and vulnerable people is supported by our growing number of product and service partners.

How does it work?

 

Sensors are placed around the homes of elderly and vulnerable people. These sensors stream data directly into the Cascade3d Online platform where it can be combined with readings from wearables and other devices in order to provide insight to families, carers and clinicians, giving them invaluable insights into the wellbeing of the people in their care.

 

The Cascade3d online analytics engine trawls the data, learning typical habits such as sleeping hours, number of visits to the loo in the night, hours sat still without getting up to stretch legs, access to the fridge to get milk for a cup of tea or to make meals and so on.

 

‘Edge analytics’ runs locally in the home, making decisions about whether to send a text message alert to family or carers if activity doesn’t look normal.  For example, if the fridge has been left open, cooker left on or if the person is not up the morning by the usual time.

 

This platform provides an incredible opportunity to change the lives of elderly and vulnerable people by providing a support system that gives reassurance and alerts for the family and carers and invaluable insight for clinicians.

 

Cascade3d has been working with a number of companies including  Intel, Wind River and Advantech to build this incredibly powerful platform for the telecare and telehealth sectors.

Advantech UTX-3115, running the Intel Atom Dual Core  processor provides the power behind the edge platform

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