Summary of the technology
Wireless system for indoor detection, localization and navigation support of people or objects. The system is composed of a set of passive sensors integrated into the floor, which may be constituted by several materials, and does not require wired power feeding. The data collection and analysis modules communicate wirelessly.
Emerging trends such as the Internet of Things, wireless sensing networks and ubiquitous computing are pushing electronics to become more pervasive in an increasing number of applications. The aim of these circuits and systems is to assist human life – for instance, optimizing production processes, improving health care, and allowing more efficient energy use – thus turning familiar, everyday items into smart, cooperative objects.
The present technology allows the indoor detection, localization and navigation of people and objects, using sensors networks easily installed in the floor, both underneath and atop the pavement, which can be made of several materials. The system uses passive sensors and is wireless, avoiding power cables in the floor and for the communications between the sensors, readers and analysis modules. In contrast to available technologies, this system does not require using memory units along with the sensors; do not collect sensitive data such as images and the reading modules may be up to 10 meters away from the sensors.
- MONITORING OF PEOPLE FLUXES (e.g. supermarkets and stores, factories and warehouses, museums, hospitals)
- ROBOT NAVIGATION (e.g. factories/warehouses)
- MONITORING AND FAST LOCALIZATION OF PEOPLE AND CRUCIAL PORTABLE EQUIPMENT (e.g. hospitals)
- SAFETY AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR ELDER PEOPLE
- ORIENTATION AND SAFETY SUPPORT FOR BLIND PEOPLE
LOW-COST SENSORS AND INSTALLATION PROCESS: the sensors have a unique identifier and dispense memory units, avoiding individual programming and geo-mapping. The sensors are also passive, avoiding power cables on the floor.
VERSATILE: the sensors can be installed in any non-metallic pavement (e.g. wood, cork or ceramics) and in textiles, including underneath stamping areas. Moreover, the system has an elevated resolution and the reading modules read sensors up to 10 meters away, which considerably increases application possibilities and covered area per reader. The data collected from the sensors can be processed by portable devices such as tablet or smartphones.
NON-INTRUSIVE: the system dispenses image collection.
Provisional patent application filed in Portugal (priority date: 18-04-2018).
TRL 4: It has been developed functional prototypes, which are available for demonstration.
Researchers from Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Instituto de Materiais de Aveiro (CICECO) of Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), from Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy) and from Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (Portugal).
Testing new applications.
Joint further developments.
Universidade de Aveiro seeks partners within information and communication technologies area, as well as possible end-users to further develop or license the technology, as well as to test new applications.
Intellectual property status
Patent already applied for
UATEC - Unidade de Transferência de Tecnologia
Technology Transfer Office
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