Test sites

The ACube project will deliver two pilot sites in order to demonstrate the real-world viability of the proposed technologies and the implemented algorithms.

During the life of the project it has been also identified an Integration test site within the Domotic House of Piazza Garzetti in Trento in order to test the integrated architecture of Acube.

The two pilot sites are the DAT Smart Home of the Don Gnocchi Institute in Milan and the RSA S.Bartolomeo located in Trento:

Milan

The first site will be installed in the DAT Smart Home of the Don Gnocchi Institute. This is a recently completed apartment, fully furnished and equipped with a Konnex-based home automation system. Sensorial infrastructure is built-in and can be expanded owing to its modular design. The pilot site will proceed in three steps. First, platform developed in the course of the project will be implemented in the smart home, involving installation of related equipment and software, tuning of sensors, configuration of the smart home infrastructure, and technical testing to check the system integrated functionality. Second, a test protocol will be defined to identify the data that should be collected and how it should be made comparable. Third, a set of real users (in the range of ten people) will be recruited among the patients / clients of the IRCCS S.Maria Nascente Centre, all under medical responsibility for all the duration of their involvement in the project. Selection will be based on user profiles, eagerness to collaborate in the project, and informed consent. Finally, the tests will be carried out; data will be collected through direct observation, interviews, activity logs (acquired through the smart home infrastructure), recording of sensory data. The data files will be made available for further improvements.

Trento

The second site will be installed in Trento, in the RSA S.Bartolomeo run by "Civica di Trento", which can host more than 120 patients. The main scope of this pilot site will be to provide monitoring mechanisms for assisting caregivers in their daily work. Various real-life situations, in which Alzheimer patients experience cognitive deficits in planning, attention or memory will be simulated in order to test the ability of the technology to detect, prevent and inform caregivers about abnormal situations. As in the Milan site, the installation and the validation of the system will be done in various phases. First, the ACube technology implemented within the different labs will be integrated into a first prototype, including also state of the art technologies, that will be taken as a basis for seamlessly integrating the ACube hardware and software components in the natural context of its future users. Then, the fine tuning of all the sensors will be done, followed by a technical test of the functioning of the integrated system. The next step will consist in defining the behavioral data and patterns to be collected. Special attention will be paid on the detection of hazardous/abnormal behavior and the contextual reasons underlying it. Security aspects will also be monitored, such as patients trying to leave the center or accessing unsecured places when not allowed. The following phase will consist in an evaluation of the ACube technology by a number of real users. The user evaluation will be done using a battery of tests defined jointly with the caregivers assessing behavioral patterns (i.e. socialization). Direct observations, interviews with different stakeholders and activity logs will also be used as evaluation methods.

Integration test

 

 

The use of the Domotic House of Piazza Garzetti as Integration test site of Acube comes from a Collaboration Agreement between ITEA S.p.A., the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Trento and the Opera Universitaria.

The overall system architecture of the ACube initial prototype has been deployed within this Integration test site. The deployed prototype is focused on a subset of the potential sensor technologies of the ACube project, in particular audio sensors, video cameras, RFID and WSN.
The Domotic House is equipped with a Konnex-based home automation system to control lighting, doors and windows (among others). Although it has not yet performed an integration with the Konnex bus for the initial deployment, it is being considered as the interaction with elements on the bus can provide ACube with further environmental information that can increase its monitoring and alert capabilities.