ALZO: an outdoor Alzheimer's patient tracking system using internet of things

Sugiarto Wibowo, Indar Sugiarto


Alzheimer's patients have an abnormal brain that affects some functionalities such as memory and motoric function. Some patients experience disorientation, such as losing their way back home, and impaired lower body motoric function, leading to stumbling. To overcome these problems, we propose a wearable device called Alzo (Alzheimer locator) for tracking Alzheimer patients during outdoor activities. Alzo can detect the patient's location and is also equipped with a fall detection algorithm. The sensor produces an accelerometer and quaternion value, which are used for calculating alpha (represents activity acceleration) and theta (represents body orientation). The location and the patient's fall condition could be monitored using a mobile-based application. The experiments were conducted by operating the Alzo system to detect the patient's location and fall condition. The results showed that Alzo worked for about 3 hours and sent location data 1-5 times if lost or fall detected. Furthermore, thresholds for the fall detection algorithm were 235 m/s2 (lower-alpha), 8,108 m/s2 (higher-alpha), and 70 (theta). These thresholds were determined based on the experiment which includes standing up, walking, jumping, sitting down, cycling, jogging, bowing, and squatting. From the experiment, the fall detection algorithm achieved 93.33% of accuracy.


alzheimer; fall detection; internet of things; outdoor tracking system; wearable device;

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