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Talk at the Royal Society of Medicine

On the 24th November 2015, Dr Francisco Florez-Revuelta, from Kingston University, participated in a conference on wearables and the caring home at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) (https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/events-listing/2015-2016/sections/telemedicine-ehealth-section/teg01-telemedicine-ehealth-2015-wearables-and-the-caring-home.aspx).

He was invited to give a talk on video-based monitoring of people in private spaces in the annual conference organised by the telemedicine & ehealth section in the RSM. He presented the work that Kingston University has carried out in BREATHE related to the use of cameras to support older people living alone and their family carers.

Special session at the AAL Forum 2015

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The BREATHE Consortium organised the special session “Monitoring people in private spaces: technological advances and societal issues” (http://www.breathe-project.eu/en/events) at the AAL Forum, held in Ghent (Belgium) on the 24th September 2015.

The session discussed the latest developments on technologies for monitoring people in AAL environments, and the fundamental ethical issues and healthcare principles that are pertinent to AAL with specific reference to technology in family homes. This was a participative session, with more than 60 attendants, and contributions by researchers from the BREATHE Consortium.

This event is one of the activities that the BREATHE project has organised as part of the dissemination of the results obtained in the project.

BREATHE on BBC Radio Cumbria

On 4th September 2015, members of Cybermoor, BREATHE partner in Alston (United Kingdom), and users in their pilots participated in a report on BBC Radio Cumbria Breakfast News. They explained the BREATHE system offering the different views of developers, assisted persons and family carers. The audio can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcHQEHG5vAs.

Plenary meeting in Alston

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On 1st-3rd July 2015, the BREATHE Consortium met in Alston (United Kingdom) for a plenary meeting. The first day was focused on the technological aspects of the BREATHE system, including a visit to one of the pilots where the technology has already been installed. On the second day of the meeting, the discussions were related to the trials. There were also meetings on the dissemination and business plans. Finally, on the last day there were specific sessions on the dissemination and exploitation plans, and meetings of the Ethical Board and the Project Board.

BREATHE video

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We have just released a video that explains the main features of the BREATHE system. It can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ7X4aJ-uHg.

Special session at the AAL Forum 2015

The BREATHE project organises a session at the AAL Forum 2015 to present the latest developments on technologies for monitoring people in AAL environments, and to identify the fundamental ethical issues and healthcare principles that are pertinent to AAL with specific reference to technology in family homes. 

This session intends to be participative. Therefore, we are asking for contributions to join the discussions about these topics. If you are interested, please, send us your abstract. 

More information at http://www.breathe-project.eu/en/events/

Plenary meeting in Kingston upon Thames

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On 24th-25th February 2015, the BREATHE Consortium met in Kingston upon Thames (United Kingdom) for a plenary meeting. The Consortium had parallel meetings about the technical developments and the pilots. There was also a demo of the BREATHE system in the smart room that KU is developing. Finally, there were specific sessions on the dissemination and exploitation plans, and meetings of the Ethical Board and the Project Board.

White paper on privacy issues

The BREATHE project has released a document on privacy issues in AAL systems (http://www.breathe-project.eu/en/publications). BREATHE aims to design and develop an intelligent monitoring system for AAL environments, by employing cameras and other types of binary sensors. In order to ensure the privacy of user data and information, BREATHE follows a privacy-by-design approach. Particularly, BREATHE considers privacy by context where data is acquired and transmitted depending on a number of parameters established by the identity and state of the assisted person, the carer, and the environment. Moreover, an intelligent access control scheme would be implemented, where the access to user data and information is authenticated based on the pre-assigned security privileges of other parties.

Participation in AERTE Workhsop

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Juan Mario Lecumberri, from ISI Benestar, Spain, gave a talk on “Technologies for caring for people in the 21st century” at the II Workshop of Professional Caregivers “Innovando en el cuidado de las personas en su entorno,” organized by AERTE (Enterprise Association of Residences and Services for Dependent People in the Valencian Community). This conference was attended for 300 professional caregivers in the Region of Valencia, Spain.

Plenary meeting in Bath

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On 11th-13th November 2014, the BREATHE Consortium met in Bath (United Kingdom) for a plenary meeting. The Consortium discussed the outcomes of the mid-term review and planned the work for the next months. Trinity College Dublin presented the conclusions and findings of the pre-trials with users, Kingston University reviewed the dissemination plan and the next actions. On the second day of the meeting, there were parallel meetings on the technical developments and on user engagement for the pilots. Finally, there were meetings of the Ethical Board and the Project Board.

Mid-term review

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The mid-term review of the BREATHE project took place on the 16th October 2014 at the facilities of Tecnologías para la Salud y el Bienestar, coordinator of the project, in Valencia, Spain. The Consortium prepared different presentations with the current state of the project and demonstrations of the latest developments. There were interesting discussions with the reviewers and project officers from the AAL Association. The feedback from them was good and we are planning the future work according to their suggestions.

CENTAC Conference

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Francisco Flórez (Kingston University) participated in the 5th National CENTAC Congress on Accessibility Technologies held in Malaga (Spain) on the 15th and 16th of October 2014, organised by the National Centre for Accessibility Technologies (CENTAC).

 

The conference, with over 600 attendees, offered a unique opportunity to meet the most innovative technology trends, discover the actors involved in the development of accessible technologies in Spain, find out what products are on the market, and promote contact with companies and professionals.

 

Francisco Flórez presented the motivation, objectives and different subsystems of the BREATHE project. He also explained different details regarding the use of cameras in private environments for monitoring people.

AAPELE meeting

Francisco Flórez (Kingston University) attended the meetings of the COST Action “Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)” that took place in Würzburg (Germany) on the 25th and 26th of September 2014.

 

In addition to be invited to attend the meetings of the COST Action, he participated actively in the meetings of the working group “Medical Data Acquisition and Algorithms” where some details of the BREATHE project were presented.

AAL Forum 2014

Juan Mario Lecumberri (Iniciativa Social Integral) and Francisco Flórez (Kingston University) attended the AAL Forum 2014, where they were able to know the latest advances in technologies for an active and assisted aging.

 

The AAL Forum is the annual platform for the increasing European AAL community to meet and discuss seceral topics, relevant for improving the AAL JP as well as the adoption of AAL solutions in the market. Although the BREATHE project had proposed a side event to discuss the ethical issues related to AAL, it was eventually cancelled. The BREATHE consortium is planning an active participation in the next edition of the AAL Forum, presenting the results of the project.

Pre-trials starts

A central tenet of designing the BREATHE system is to obtain the feedback from potential end users on a technology-based care solution to support informal carers and, indirectly, their loved ones. For that reason, several pre-trials were conducted in Ireland, Spain and UK in M16 – M17 (August – September, 2014) after the development of a prototype demonstrating features of the BREATHE platform developed in WP2 (AAL home system) and WP3 (IC tool).

 

The aim of these pre-trials were to assess attitudes on the part of assisted people and informal carers to the technology that was developed in response to the needs identified in the requirements and needs assessment phase (WP1). Both assisted people and informal carers provided feedback on the acceptability, relevance, mode of use, and ease of use of the BREATHE system. They also provided feedback on how they perceived structured self-assessment tools like questionnaires (such as the Barthel Index and the Zarit Burden Interview) and non-structured sources of information such as diary entries. The BREATHE platform was developed and deployed in two different and supplementary environments: (1) in controlled environments also called living laboratories in the United Kingdom and Spain and (2) in private homes also called home based trials in Ireland. The target participants were six assisted person and six care givers in each site (at some sites these assisted persons and care givers formed a dyad).

 

Findings from the pre-trials will be reported on “D4.2 – Pre-trials report” and they will be used to inform the development of the next release of the BREATHE platform and to guide its installation in the main trial (February, 2015). 

Side event proposal for the AAL Forum 2014

The BREATHE project has proposed a side event to be held jointly to the next AAL Forum 2014. The title is “Building a better path for ethics in AAL: sharing your experiences and challenges” and its objectives are to gather views and experiences from AAL partners, and to propose an improved approach to ethics within AAL. The BREATHE consortium is currently waiting for the reply from the AAL Forum organisers.

D4.1 – Validation methodology and indicators

Recently, a new public document has been released as consequence of the job carried out in BREATHE project. Specifically, BREATHE Consortium has released the deliverable “D4.1 – Validation methodology and indicators", whose aim is to describe in detail (pursued objectives, research design, methodologies, inclusion/exclusion criteria for the recruitment, supportive material, etc.) the trials, pre and main trials that we are going to carry out in Spain, Ireland and United Kingdom after the releases of the desired features of the BREATHE platform developed in both WP2 (AAL Home system) and WP3 (Informal caregiver tool).

 

The aforementioned deliverable is available for free download from the Publications tab under the Public deliverables sections.

Technical meeting

On 14th-15th July 2014, the technical partners of the BREATHE Consortium met in Kingston (United Kingdom) to discuss the advances in the developments and issues related to the integration of the different BREATHE subsystems. The different partners demoed the developments: indoor video-based monitoring system, array of multi-function sensors, the interaction device and the informal carer tool.


The result of the integration constituted both deliverables “D2.1 - AAL Application at home (1st release)” and "D3.1 - Informal caregiver tool (1st release)" that will be used in the pre-trials.

3rd Plenary meeting

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On 14th-16th May 2014, the BREATHE Consortium met in Dublin (Ireland) for the third plenary meeting. Once WP1 (Requirements and specifications) has finished, the discussions were focused on the technical work packages WP2 (AAL Application at home) and WP3 (Informal Caregiver tool), and in the planning of the pilots to validate the system in WP4 (Field trials implementation). There were some meetings to discuss the architecture of the system, how ethics and privacy preservation should be considered and implemented, and about the presence of the project in the next AAL Forum. Finally, there were meetings of the Ethical Board and the Project Board.

White Paper on needs and requirements of AAL and ICT solutions for Informal LTC of elderly people

As part of Work Package 1 the BREATHE Consortium has delivered the “White Paper on needs and requirements of AAL and ICT solutions for Informal Long Term Care of elderly people”. The aim of this document is to uncover and collect the real needs and concerns of informal or family carers regarding telecare technological systems in general and video-based recognition platforms at private locations in particular. It is important to minimise barriers to adoption by the informal caregivers community (typically a person with limited ICT skills) and maximise the take-up of those remote monitoring systems which monitor events, actions and activities of the assisted persons in a way that their privacy and dignity is preserved. 

Focus groups and individual interviews were carried out with formal carers, informal carers, people with long term conditions (LTC) and health and social care professionals in the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland, in order to understand at an early stage the needs and concerns relating to the aforementioned technological systems and evaluate its practical usefulness in real environments.

The findings identify that the assistance and/or support required for carers and health and social care professionals when caring for a person with a LTC include psychosocial support, financial support and access to help for practical support e.g. aids, and specialist support e.g. advice. The informal carers felt positive that the proposed technology would support them as carers so that they would be able to go about their life with peace of mind. They felt that the technologies should be marketed towards the family and friends of older people rather than the older person themselves. The informal carers across the three countries were interested in the technical capability of home monitoring systems as a means to reliably and automatically detect activities and routines of the person with a long-term condition, even in non-emergency situations.

AAL JP and JPND workshop

On 27 January 2014 a joint workshop of the AAL JP (Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme) and the JPND (Joint Programming Initiative Neurodegenerative Diseases) was organised at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, with the objectives to share knowledge on the JPND and the AAL JP, identify gaps and potential benefits of collaboration and provide recommendations on future joint actions and opportunities.

 

BREATHE Project was represented by Francisco Florez from Kingston University.

2nd Plenary meeting

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On 11th-13th November 2013, the BREATHE Consortium met in Alicante (Spain) for the second plenary meeting. This meeting took place six months after the beginning of the project. During the meeting the leader of WP1 (Requirements and specifications) detailed the state of the WP and the next steps to finalise it. The responsibles of the pilots reported the state of completion of the surveys. The leaders of WP2 (AAL Application at home) and WP3 (Informal Caregiver tool) presented the planning of the work to be done in both WPs. There was also a discussion about the use of cameras to monitor people in private environments. Finally, there were meeting of the Ethical Board and the Project Board.

Call for carers

As part of Work Package 1, we are recruiting as many carers as possible to gather a valuable collection of requirements and specifications from real end-users. This will help us to develop a useful and user-focused package of services and applications. We would like to know what you think, in order to make the newly-designed system as useful as possible for carers.

 

We would like to hear your views if you are:

  • An informal carer for someone who has a long term condition.
  • A formal carer with experience of providing care in the home.
  • A healthcare or social care professional with knowledge of how people care for their relatives.
  • A person with a long term health condition.
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    You are welcome to take part in one of our discussions, whether or not you have any knowledge of technology. So if you would like to find out more, or ask about getting involved, please contact us through:

  • If you are in United Kingdom: Cybermoor services (info@cybermoor.org.uk)
  • If you are in Ireland: Trinity College (dinsmorj@tcd.ie)
  • If you are in Spain: Iniciativa Social Integral (info@isibenestar.com)
  • Project of the month

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    BREATHE Project has been considered by the AAL Association as the project of the month in the latest AAL Joint Programme newsletter (August 2013, Issue 10) published. The AAL JP newsletter is a monthly publication with the focus on the Joint Programme in general as well as those most relevant news and research innovations in the AAL domain in particular.

     

    This newsletter is delivered by email after subscription and has (approximately) 1,700 readers nowadays, which gives us an idea about the relevance of it. In the name of BREATHE Consortium, thank you very much to the AAL Association for making it possible.

    Kick-off meeting

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    On 5th-7th June 2013, the BREATHE Consortium had met in Kingston (United Kingdom) for the first meeting of the project, the kick-off, which it is used to officially launch the project and introduce the partners for the first time as well as identify relevant people that will work in a daily basis and their main roles. During the meeting a detailed plan for the first six months of the project (related with the job that should be done in Work Package 1, requirements and specifications) was defined and fully discussed between all involved partners and the Project board was created too.

    Although it is quite common that the first meeting is hosted by the coordinator of the project, in this case was Kingston University (KU), as technical manager, which played that role.