A total of 90 elderly citizens (excluding those with disabilities, including Dementia) are involved in Birmingham’s pilot. These citizens are educated about the capabilities of the urban beacons and how to take advantage of their presence in the city. The elderly citizens will be asked to carry their smart phone with them at times, and they will be provided with a wearable device (a Withings Activity watch that captures data about personal mobility and sleep patterns). As the elderly citizens journey around Birmingham, they will encounter the beacons. The latter will be configured to provide the elderly citizen with vital information to locate important services (nearest bus stop, place to sit, food shop, restroom) in order to encourage and support walking, and the use of public transit, in the city.
Data will be collected on the personal mobility patterns of the elderly citizens via mobile phone and smart watch. This will be calibrated against proximity to the beacons. Data will also be collected on sleep patterns over time.