I-Light, “A Pervasive Home Monitoring System based on Intelligent Luminaires” aims to develop a novel energy efficient luminaire equipped with an embedded sensing, indoor localisation and communications electronic system that enables a pervasive, seamless, and inexpensive home monitoring scheme. These luminaires will be fully compatible with current technologies and facilities, and once deployed, they will shape a monitoring network for ambient data and context management aimed at activity recognition and health supervision.
The idea appeared within the context of profound demographical changes in recent years: life expectancy is increasing worldwide and most older adults’ desire is to live independently, in their own homes and communities, for as long as possible, with support from family, friends and caregivers. I-light will create a pervasive, seamless, and inexpensive home monitoring scheme, which will ensure timely assistance from family members, friends and caregivers, in case of emergencies.
i-Light will be based on a sensor network whose nodes will be intelligent, energy efficient luminaires, which allow person indoor localization, ambient monitoring and interoperability with third-party medical devices. The deployment of the proposed monitoring scheme will be inexpensive and straightforward. The sensing nodes will be embedded in apparently plain energy efficient luminaires, and the communications will be based on wireless Bluetooth and Wi-fi interfaces, as well as on wired interfaces supported by the power lines already installed in the household.
Engineers, researchers and developers from two countries and three institutions will cooperate in the development of the i-Light system. The Consortium includes Innovatec (Spain) – an engineering company focused on research and development of ICT-related devices and systems, Info World (Romania) – company which provides customized modular integrated solutions for both clinical and economic management of healthcare facilities and Polytechnic University Bucharest (Romania), with good expertise in medical ICT, sensors and networking. The project will run for three years, between December 2015 and December 2018.