Aranet Improving Quality of Life of Elderly Patients in Stella Residence, Italy

Wireless Monitoring Sensors

Aranet Improving Quality of Life of Elderly Patients in Stella Residence, Italy

Stella Residence, a premium elderly care facility in Carpi, Emilia Romagna has just been equipped with a wireless IoT monitoring solution from Aranet. The president of the SCAI (social enterprise established as a social cooperative), Ilario De Nittis, signed a contract with SITIP (telecommunications company).

What is IoT (Internet of Things) and how can rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and other care facilities benefit from this technology?

Improving health, wellbeing and assistance for elderly residents

According to IoTAgenda, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines provided with unique identifiers and the ability to communicate with each other and transfer data over a network.

“It’s a buzzword we often hear thrown around” – says De Nittis – “When it comes to innovation, digital transformation and disruption. In short, any device or an item may become connected and start communicating with an outside receiver – by using technology like wireless telecommunication systems, or identification and analytics software.”

Ilario De Nittis

IoT is a term coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, but why do we call it the Internet of Things? Since any device is reachable through an IP address, exchanging data between it and a management system the device becomes interconnected to a wider ecosystem of devices.

A platform of innovative technology

The aim of the Stella Residence project, financed by SCAI, is to support families with seniors by developing a platform based on a preventative approach. By integrating Aranet IoT technology, a virtual assistant and a smart monitoring system, each patient at Stella Residence became a part of a bigger care program, receiving care and treatments based on his or her own personal parameters and preferences.

Aranet Medical Thermometers in Stella Residence

De Nittis comments: “The main goal of SCAI is to use up-to-date and patient-specific data to take care of each senior – whether they have a minor condition or a serious illness –inside the care facility, or directly in their home.”

Right initiative at the right moment

The initiative of Stella Residence comes at a challenging time of global health emergency forcing people to keep distance from one another. Isolation brings a dangerous collateral effect to many, especially elderly people who are at a higher risk of loneliness, being apart from their families, with limited mobility and subject to mental health issues and stress.

The sensors that save lives

The sustainability of welfare politics and the need to support the ageing population in the future is a particularly important issue for both the world economic and social responsibility in Western countries. According to the previsions of the European Commission, in 2060 the life expectancy in Europe is going to be 84 years for men (that’s 7,1 years higher than in 2013), while for women it is predicted to be 89,1 years (6 years higher than in 2013). The significant increase of the population that’s over-70 years old underlines the urgent need for solutions aimed at reducing and optimizing the costs of living and health care.

Within this context, IoT technologies appear to be a solution coming at the right time, showing a promising result in improving elder patient monitoring both in their homes or at the care center, detecting anomalies and even preventing life-threatening illnesses. These systems help the recovering of people in hospitals, thus reducing the cost for the National Health Care System: in fact, the cost of remote assistance is lower than hospital recovering.

Therefore SITIP offered the Aranet solution that is capable to record human temperature and information about the microclimate environment – temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide (CO2). It comes together with an easy to use software which sends alerts in case of abnormal situations (e.g. a person having a fever, or not enough ventilation inside a room) Aranet wireless monitoring system is a great solution for remote assistance for elderly people where they live – private house or room in elderly house or the whole elderly house.

Aranet4 graphs of indoor air quality: temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide (CO2) level

The benefits of the Aranet system at Stella Residence:

  • Aranet Medical Thermometer for continuous monitoring of body temperature for all patients on a 24h basis. Alarms in case of fever, even during the night while sleeping. Keeps historical tracking of the gathered data for each person.
  • Aranet4 – an innovative, stand-alone device for effortless monitoring of indoor air quality – carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure. Several studies have found that one of the main reasons for poor well-being is the high concentration of CO2 indoors. It makes people anxious, sleepy and unable to concentrate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be even five times higher than outdoors. Another study from Harvard University demonstrated that a heightened CO2 concentration reduces the brain’s cognitive abilities by 50%. These are the core abilities your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Therefore, it is very important to ensure sufficient air circulation in rooms where people stay for extended periods of time.

“Prevention is an investment” – says President De Nittis – “for the wellbeing of the community and future generations. We will keep working to reach our goal: Smile and Health and Wellbeing for each and every old person.”

Aranet PRO – Innovative Environmental Wireless Monitoring Sensors

Wireless Monitoring Sensors

Aranet PRO – Innovative Environmental Wireless Monitoring Sensors

Aranet PRO is an industrial grade environmental wireless monitoring solution for a variety of businesses. Aranet PRO comes in three variations

  • Aranet PRO 12 Base Station supports up to 12 wireless sensors,
  • Aranet PRO 50 Base Station supports up to 50 wireless sensors, and
  • Aranet PRO 100 Base Station supports up to 100 wireless sensors.

The base station has exceptional sensitivity and allows placing the wireless sensors within line-of-sight range of at least 3km and inside buildings within range of several hundred meters. Aranet PRO systems come with a free, easy to use software program, Aranet SensorHUB, that helps view, analyse and compare data in real time, set thresholds for alarms, rename sensors, export data to help keep pulse on the ongoing and optimize processes when necessary. Base station is able to store data locally and/or on the Aranet Cloud (cloud service available 1Q/2019). Responsive design of the software adapts to smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The Aranet API software allows integrating the Aranet sensor measurement data into 3rd party applications. The application aranet-agent runs on Windows, Linux or macOS operating systems and acts as data provider between one or several Aranet PRO base stations (collection point of sensor measurements) and 3rd party application.

Aranet PRO Base Stations for Wireless Sensors

Depending on how many sensors are required, the user can choose between three Aranet PRO versions – Aranet PRO 12, Aranet PRO 50 and Aranet PRO 100:

  • Maximum sensor count: 100/50/12
  • Alarm type: Email, optional alarm SMS notification through USB modem
  • Memory: 10+ years with 100 sensors
  • Receiver sensitivity: Europe -127 dBm
  • Channels – Europe: Channel 1: 868.10 MHz, Channel 2: 868.30 MHz, Channel 3: 868.50 MHz
  • User interface: Aranet SensorHUB (Aranet Cloud available 1Q/2019)
  • Interface accessibility: PC, tablet or smart phone connected via Ethernet cable or local WiFi connection
  • Temperature scale: Celsius, Fahrenheit, Kelvin
  • Data resolution: Temperature 0.1°, Humidity 1%
  • Data protection: Password protected user accounts, encryption for data
  • Communication: Ethernet cable, local WiFi (2.4 GHz)
  • Power options: AC Power adapter. Optional power supply with PoE adapter. Built-in battery (backup power up to 30min)

Wireless Sensors with Long Range and Battery Life

Aranet wireless sensors for monitoring temperature, relative humidity, CO2 level, atmospheric pressure, illuminance and distance in different environments. Data transmission between sensors and Aranet PRO base station uses free of charge 868MHz frequency band and line-of-sight range can be up to 3km (inside buildings several hundred meters). Sensors come with Alkaline batteries with max. battery life of 7 years, and optionally available Lithium batteries with max. battery life of 10 years. Battery life depends on measurement interval (can be 1, 2, 5 or 10 minutes) and on monitoring device.

  • Measures: CO2-level 0-9999 ppm, temperature 0°C to +50°C, relative humidity 0% to 85% RH, atmospheric pressure 300-1100 hPa
  • Battery life: Up to 2 years
  • Protection class: IP20
  • Measures: temperature (-40°C to +60 °C)
  • Battery life: up to 7 years
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Measures: temperature (-40°C to +60°C) and relative humidity (0% to 100%)
  • Battery life: up to 10 years
  • Protection class: IP42
  • Measures: temperature (-40°C to +60°C) and relative humidity (0% to 100%)
  • Battery life: up to 10 years
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Measures: temperature (-55°C to +105°C)
  • Battery life: up to 10 years
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Probe length: 0.3m/1m/5m/10m
  • Measures: temperature (-200°C to +800°C)
  • Probe type: Any class PT100
  • Battery life: up to 10 years
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Measures: temperature (-190°C to +260°C)
  • Battery life: up to 10 years
  • Protection class: IP65
  • Measures: distance (0.3m to 5m or 0.5 to 10m)
  • Battery life: up to 7 years
  • Protection class: IP67
  • Measures: illuminance (0 – 200 000 lux)
  • Battery life: up to 7 years
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Measures: current (0-30mA)
  • Battery life: up to 7 years
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Measures: DC voltage (-32 to +32 VDC)
  • Battery life: up to 7 years
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Measures: temperature (-200°C to +800°C)
  • Probe type: Any class PT1000
  • Battery life: up to 10 years
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Measures: carbon dioxide (CO2) (0 ppm – 9999 ppm)
  • Battery life: up to 7 years
  • Protection class: IP40

Aranet Signal Test sensor designed to analyze the signal strength and help IoT system deployers install and plan sensor placements in desired locations.

Aranet4 Innovative Wireless Indoor Air Quality Sensor with Display

Wireless Monitoring Sensors

Aranet4 Innovative Wireless Indoor Air Quality Sensor with Display

Aranet4 Innovative Wireless Indoor Air Quality Sensor with Display

Several studies have found that one of the main reasons for poor well-being is the high concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) indoors. It makes people anxious, sleepy and unable to concentrate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be even five times higher than outdoors. Another study from Harvard University demonstrated that a heightened CO2 concentration reduces the brain’s cognitive abilities by 50%. These are the core abilities your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Therefore, it is very important to ensure sufficient air circulation in rooms where people stay for extended periods of time.

The Aranet4 wireless sensor is a simple and exciting way to monitor indoor air quality – it is small, portable, easy to operate and lets you know when the monitored levels have become unhealthy. You can take this fancy gadget wherever you go and always be aware of air quality around you. The device also has a power-efficient e-ink display ensuring extremely long battery life.

Up to 100 Aranet4 sensors per Base Station

Aranet4 PRO is designed for business needs for air monitoring. Up to 100 Aranet4 PRO devices can be placed in multiple rooms and wirelessly connected to an Aranet PRO base station thus ensuring climate monitoring on an industrial level, in schools, hotels and other places.

Aranet4 PRO has also a handy smartphone app created for historical data access, atmospheric pressure monitoring and advanced device configuration.

Aranet PRO base station offers centralized data gathering and real time viewing, as well as unlimited historical information and alert functionality for larger sensor networks. It gathers readings from up to 100 Aranet sensors and can store data locally and on the Aranet Cloud.

Aranet4 PRO Indoor Air Quality Sensor

  • Measurements: CO2 (carbon dioxide), temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure
  • Line of Sight Range: Aranet radio up to 3 km, BLE up to 10m
  • Operating environment: Indoor use
  • Transmitter power: 14 dBm
  • Measurement range:
    • CO2: 0-9999 ppm
    • temperature: 0°C to +50°C
    • relative humidity: 0% to 85% RH
    • atmospheric pressure: 300-1100 hPa
  • Measurement accuracy:
    • CO2 0-2000 ppm: ±50 ppm or 3% of reading and 2001-9999 ppm: ±10% of reading
    • temperature ±0.4°C
    • relative humidity ±3%
    • atmospheric pressure ±1 hPa
  • CO2 sensor: Uses the nondispersive infrared (NDIR) sensor to measure CO2
  • CO2 measure calibration: Automatic or manual (at 400ppm)
  • Data Transmission: 1, 2, 5, 10 minutes
  • Data Protection: Data encryption
  • Power: 2 AA Alkaline batteries (Zn/Mn02)
  • Battery life: Up to 2 years
  • Operating temperature: 0°C to 50°C
  • Operating humidity: 0% to 85% non-condensing
  • Dimensions: 70x70x24 mm
  • Weight: 104g
  • Construction: Polycarbonate
  • Protection class: IP20
  • Marking: CE
  • Compatible base stations: Aranet PRO (from v1.3.2)

Link to product pages: Aranet4