A smart urban environment, like Madrid, offers a set of services and infrastructures that allow to detect behaviours of citizens while they are on the move within the city, performing their daily life activities.
Compared to other five pilot site installations of City4Age, Madrid pilot has a distinctive research flavour. The purpose is to develop advanced technologies and solutions for enabling smart cities to develop innovative prevention services. The focus is on research how do smart cities can unobtrusively monitor older adults’ mobility habits around a city and how these patterns can contribute to early detection of frailty or mild cognitive impairments (MCI). The objective is providing enough data to support this early detection combining open data and unobtrusive monitored data obtained via different sensors.
In the pilot, 20 people over 80 years old, who are at risk of frailty and/or Mild Cognitive Impairment, are involved. They are independent elderly people with an “active” life, usually moving around the city by public transport (mainly buses), and are familiar with technology (basically with the use of mobile phones). Their activity and usual behaviour are detected through sensors (i.e. in-built smartphone sensors, Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and smart wristbands) as well as Madrid open data services.