FALL-IE is a system that employs passive infra-red motion sensors. Through the synchronization of the motion pattern, FALL-IE can detect a bed-exit intention before the patient leaves the bed. Through such early warning system, this provides caregivers an early head-start to provide the necessary assistance to the patient, thus preventing falls.
To further prevent fall, FALL-IE shines a light on the floor – better visibility reduces the chance of fall as various research have shown. FALL-IE also activate or deactivate the bed exit system automatically, this reduces false alarm and the operation overhead by over 90%. Sound and motion data collected by FALL-IE can be used to predict sleep quality for doctors and therapist to evaluate the condition of the patient.
Our competitor analysis shows that the alternatives are the panic button, smart hospital bed, and mat-sensor that are either placed on the bed or the floor. Mat sensor has high false alarm rate, faces wear and tear and causes alert fatigue to the nursing staff. The mat sensor placed on the bed is also uncomfortable to sleep on. The call-bell or panic button method require the patient/seniors to physically press the button, which most cases the patient/residence will not do so for whatever reason(s). Smart hospital bed capable of detecting bed-exit is based on the pressure sensor and measuring the weight. However, such smart hospital bed is expensive – a burden for the target customers. These smart hospital bed also faced false alarms that lead to alert fatigue.
FALL-IE achieve social impact by improving senior’s dignity and quality-of-life as the sensors do not stigmatize the seniors. FALL-IE also improves the working conditions of nurses and reduces operation overheads.