Monitoring patients via video surveillance in private spaces like medical facilities and nursing homes is a major challenge. Fujitsu and Wakayama Medical University have commenced collaborative trials of a new technology that will allow nurses and carergivers to remotely monitor elderly patients in private settings. According to the announcement, the cumulated trials will take place from November 21, 2022, until March 31, 2024.

Utilizing Fujitsu’s technique, this tech efficiently assesses human postures without cameras or a wearable device. Instead, it uses a radio frequency sensor and Fujitsu’s Actlyzer AI technology for interpreting intricate human behaviors. The conventional millimeter-wave sensor system collects coarse-grained point cloud data. The AI system interprets this data to detect when a subject has fallen, enabling a quicker reaction time to to patients who need assistance.

Fujitsu will conduct field testing alongside hospitals and nursing medical centers to substantiate the new tech’s functionality and heighten its dependability, with the objective of offering it as a solution to the Japanese market by the end of 2023. Following the analytical findings evaluated by Wakayama Medical University, Fujitsu will examine the data and work on enhancing the technology. 

Furthermore, in light of these outcomes, both partners will propose making a millimeter-wave sensor service available to the hospital’s nursing homes, especially for patients who are privacy-conscious. The two collaborators claim to augment people’s health by engendering a space where senior citizens may relish more individual freedoms without jeopardizing their safety and wellbeing.