Tracing Movements within Care Homes

Indoor location sensors worn by care home occupants have been used to capture information about the movement of care homes occupants.

This work began with co-design methods to create engaging and appropriate ways for care home residents to wear or carry sensors.  Read more about the BESiDE Co-Design Work

Data collected through the use of the indoor-location sensors is augmented by combining it with data from other sensors collecting ambient sound levels and temperature, accelerometers capturing a measure of physical activity, and ‘nearables’ used to identify proximity with other building users. Using the open-source e-Science Central cloud infrastructure for data analysis, the recorded sensor data is put through a series of estimation and classification algorithms and is then made available for further analysis.

Interactive data visualisations allow for the exploration of this unique data set. These visualisations present variations in space occupation (where users are and when), the contexts for physical activity (where users are physically active) and the contexts for social interaction (where users are when in proximity to other building users). Slicing this data allows the exploration of variations between different factors such as space type or home design.

This work provides a method for collecting measures of building use. This contributes towards understanding user enablement in relation to the design of the built environment.