Scenario 1

low-tech informal care (private home) scenario

Joe is 75 years old, he lives alone and he is still autonomous. However, he has been subjected to some episodes of memory loss and disorientation, and he is currently being monitored by his doctor and by the staff in the nearest elderly care facility. His son lives in a village far from is house. The doctor has prescribed a medicine and has defined activated  a program of activities that Joe is able to perform by himself, at his own place, in order that are used by the doctor to monitor the patient’s condition and to implement some simple measures to exercise memory and attention.

Joe’s son has installed at home the UNCAP “starter kit” at Joe’s house. This includes an UNCAP BOX (an HDMI Dongle) to be connected to the TV (which represents for him a familiar interface), together with an IP camera for video conferencing, plus a one-year subscription to the UNCAP CLOUD service (this may is be provided as part of public care service).

medications-257359_1280The TV is always in standby, and it turns on when it is time to take medicines, or to start remote sessions with Joe’s doctor to perform his periodic evaluation tests. Joe’s son has also installed a compatible smart sensors kit, which communicates with the UNCAP BOX via standard protocols (e.g. SWE or SensorThings by OGC). In fact, after discussing with Joe and his son, the doctor had suggested to buy an activity-sensing bracelet, which Joe always wears. They have also bought a localisation kit which is attached to several objects (medicine box, TV remote control, home keys etc.) to help Joe locate them.

All the equipment had come with easy to use instructions and was had been easily installed and connected to the BOX by Joe’s son, without help from any technicians. The only thing Joe’s son had to do was to simply scan with his mobile phone a QR-code on each of the sensor and follow few simple instructions on the screen. The UNCAP BOX automatically downloaded the required plugins from the UNCAP cloud service, which allowed –from that moment on- interoperable (hence regardless of the manufacturer) access to sensor data (via SmartThings/SWE open standard). In this way sensors can connect -through the UNCAP BOX acting as home gateway- to the UNCAP cloud platform, where Joe’s medical records are stored (as HL7 standard) and made available to the medical team.

television-remote-control-525705_1280When it is time to take the medicines, UNCAP turns on the TV screen and produces an audio-visual reminder. Then, an audio message suggests Joe where his medicines are located. The sensors on Joe’s wrist and on the medicine box are used to understand if Joe has taken the medicine. After that, UNCAP asks Joe to place the medicine back in the right place, or in different places (this way the next time, UNCAP may ask Joe if he remembers the last place where the medicine box was left, in order to train his memory) .

The UNCAP BOX will also produce alarms in case the sensor on Joe’s wrist remains still for many hours during the day. The alarm can be seen by Joe’s doctor and son, which can therefore call Joe to assess his conditions. If Joe is out for a walk, the sensor (through an embedded GPS receiver) monitors his position and communicates it to UNCAP via a wireless network. If Joe’s is out for too long, maybe Joe is living an episode of disorientation; the interface will then alarm Joe’s son. At any moment, Joe’s son can monitor his father’s conditions and ask questions using UNCAP.


Scenario 2

moving from specialised care facilities to home


Scenario 3

high-tech informal care (private home) or formal care settings (nursing home)



Scenario 4

Long Term Care (LTC) scenario