Monitoring the vulnerable using a location tracking system

Samuel Chan, BSc Computing

Telecare has such a potential to improve people’s lifestyle and wellbeing by allowing them to live independent lives for longer, and to save money for the NHS and carers. This project provides a location tracking system for the vulnerable as part of the Telecare service. The project’s aim is to create a service that can be used outside the home to extend the current capabilities of Telecare. Its purpose is to track a patient’s geographic location over a period of time to generate a historical footprint. This data is displayed on a map so they can be monitored remotely. In the event a patient goes missing, this information can be analysed to calculate the most probable locations the patient may be at. The artefacts developed will comprise of an Android application and database-driven web application to deliver the core functionalities where future work hopes to implement a data prediction algorithm.

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