The ALPHA group in the Nimbus Centre at the Cork Institute of Technology conducts research and is responsible for applications of Nimbus technology in Assisted Living and Personal Health Applications. ALPHA is actively engaged in research applications and projects in national and European funding calls in the areas of Assisted Living, Active and Healthy Ageing, and Personal Health Care.
The ALPHA group has a multidisciplinary skill set. We have software, hardware and control engineers with considerable prototyping experience complemented by UI (user interface), UX (user experience), architectural design and behavioural scientist experts. This combination of expertise allows the ALPHA group to offer a complete package of experience for the design, development, prototyping and evaluation of ICT solutions for Assisted Living and Personal Health Applications.
CHLOE is a Connected Health and Lifestyle project aimed at the care of individuals. It involves the development of a monitoring platform for nursing home and domestic applications to detect movement and health and safety indicators.
The CHLOE project aims to create a network that connects individuals in need (be they elderly or in convalescence) with their families and carers. Through this network family members and carers can schedule and record visits, report on activities and plan future requirements. CHLOE also enables communication via email and video.
The system will send alerts to carers based on specific needs. Alerts can be sent as daily reminders (for example to dispense medication), or could also be used to alert carers to a problem through custom monitoring devices. CHLOE approved devices will be available for purchase through the platform.
The Nimbus Centre is part of a €6.1M EU funded consortium which is led by the Tyndall National Institute. The MANpower project is designing a miniaturised system that will eliminate the need for large-scale batteries to power heart pacemakers.
The project aims to develop self-powered, electronic systems that can be implanted into the human body, thus removing the requirement for a battery replacement. Nimbus is conducting research into new materials and devices that will facilitate extraction and storage of energy from a beating heart to power a pacemaker.
Dr John Barrett of the Nimbus Centre at CIT is leading the research to guarantee the reliability of the systems involved. This is a key undertaking for such a system given that any reliability issues would potentially require surgical procedures to remedy.
The eGo project developed a person recognition system that uses new and innovative ways of establishing secure two-way wireless communication between people and objects based on the electrical conductivity of human skin.
By simply touching an eGo-compliant object with any part of your body, you initiate a wireless pairing between the object and your eGo device using Intra Body Communication technology. eGo is a highly secure wearable device that can be produced in many forms (e.g. watch, belt, etc.) All it needs is to be in close proximity to your body.
The Nimbus Centre has collaborated with Irish partners and other EU members on eGo within the Catrene framework.
To discover more about eGo watch the clip below.
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The ALPHA Group feaures in The Cork News