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The article presents the early outcomes of the evaluation of an intelligent accelerometer unit (IAU) utilized for detecting the falling events of elderly people . The overall design of the monitor where the IAU is integrated is briefly exposed. The outcomes of a laboratory study carried out over 8 volunteers show that the device is able to distinguish true falling events from normal activities like fast walking or going up/downstairs. The influences of the subject and the environment have been taken into account profiting from the processing capacity of the monitor distributed architecture.
Date of Conference: 1-5 Sept. 2004