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Project Reference: ITP/069/17LP
Project Title: Ultra-Wideband Technology for Solitary Activity Monitoring
Hosting Institution: LSCM R&D Centre (LSCM)
Abstract: In recent years, a growing need for unmanned remote sensing and supervision technologies has developed. Potential applications include, but are not limited to, intruder detection and people tracking. Nevertheless, current solutions suffer from the concerns of privacy, reliability, and ambient condition etc.

Lately, ultra-wideband (UWB) technology has been researched intensively. It is expected that UWB technology is less prone to the aforementioned problems due to its radio wave nature. A UWB activity monitoring system will be researched and developed in this project. State-of-the-art UWB radars are low-cost and allow high-resolution movement detection. The movement and location of the object(s) are measured using multiple UWB radars without the need for tagging or wearable devices. Resultant data is then machine-learnt and used to analyze the target's activities.

The developed technologies enable new design freedom for these applications. This project focuses on two specific areas: presence detection in confined space and solitary elderly monitoring. The developed technologies can possibly be turned into low-cost activity analysis solutions for home-alone elderly. It is expected that >31% of Hong Kong's population will be aged 65 or above in 2036 according to "Hong Kong Population Projections 2017−2066". Industries have been looking for novel technologies to ease manpower and resource needed for the rapid growth of the aged population.
Project Coordinator: Dr Ka Lun FAN
Approved Funding Amount: HK$2.74M
Project Period: 03 Apr 2018 - 02 Apr 2019
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