In this occasion we have tested one of the devices that the Elea company offers in its kits that facilitate autonomy and protection within the home for people in situations of dependency. These devices can also be installed in different rooms of nursing homes or residences.
The different devices of this kit are associated with a gateway responsible for collecting the data from the different sensors and sending them through the internet to a server to which the relatives can remotely connect through an application or a web portal to know the alerts of the different sensors.
The fall detector Elea falling uses 2 infrared sensors to detect if a person has fallen in front of the device. Unlike many of the fall sensors that we are accustomed to test based on accelerometers and that are more oriented to be carried by the person at risk of falls, this sensor is placed permanently in places in the home where there is an increased risk of falls, such as the bathroom or main rooms of the home. This type of configuration has the advantage of not depending on the will of the person when carrying the device and remain active in those areas where it has been installed.
To operate the system at least we must have a gateway with its feeder connected and one of the sensors of the kit with its battery connected.
In this case the fall sensor has a 9V battery which is connected by unscrewing one of the side covers. In the other screw-in side cover we find the on and off controls, a power connector in case you decide to install a fixed power supply, and a button to link to the gangway.
Elea devices include a small manual which we followed to perform the different steps of installation and configuration.
First, it is necessary to connect the gateway and download the Elea setup application available only for Android in Google play through which the primary configuration is made.
By means of the Elea setup application via Bluetooth, the internet connection of the gateway is configured, being able to choose between cable connection or include this device in a Wi-Fi network already existing in the home or center.
Once the gateway is connected to the internet, a message will appear in the Elea setup application that indicates that the gateway has an internet connection.
Once these configuration steps have been carried out, it is necessary to access a web portal http://alert.elea-soluciones.es where the link of the different devices of the Kit is made. At this point we consider that the configuration process could be simplified in future versions of the system and centralize the configuration from a single device, either Phone or PC.
In addition to the configuration of the different devices, the family member can receive the different alerts through the web portal where it is necessary to create an account in order to access the different options offered on the portal.
The relative also has an Android application for receiving the alerts produced by the different devices in the kit. In any case, we have not been able to link the alerts to the Android application during our tests so we tell them how we have managed the alerts from the web portal.
The physical installation of the sensor must be done with it in a vertical position located about 20 cm from the ground, allowing the reading of its Elea brand in the upper position.
The operating mode of the fall detector is summarized as follows:
1.- When a person enters a room the system is activated. The upper sensor based on the height identifies that the one who has entered is a person.
2.- If a person falls and the lower sensor detects activity for 2-3 seconds, the system sends an alarm to the selected device (mobile or beacon)
3.- If the system is configured in "activity" mode when any movement is detected in the person, a warning will be sent
The tests with the system have been satisfactory, always taking into account the previously mentioned way of use in which the person is lying horizontally on the ground after falling for a period exceeding 3 seconds. The sensor has also been tested in the activity mode described below with good results.
In this case we have received the alerts through the web application of the portal http://alert.elea-soluciones.es after accessing with our user and password enabled.
In order to receive the alerts correctly, it is necessary to access the "Sites" section and click on the user to proceed to register the different devices if they could not be registered from the application.
In this section we can see if these devices are active, what were their last notifications and configure in what moments we want to activate the reception of alarms of them.
It should be noted that the fall sensor can be configured in two different modes in the alarm section. On the one hand, with the "fall" identifier to act as a fall sensor.On the other hand, it can be configured in "activity" mode as a detector of common presence in the rooms of the home where required.
In short, the Elea falls sensor is a comfortable detection system and very suitable for those most critical stays in the house such as the bathroom. The system has behaved reliably during our tests as long as the web platform is used for the management of the alerts. The following are the highlights and improvements to the system.
- The fact of being a fixed installation sensor avoids the need for the user to have to haul the equipment constantly and therefore provides greater autonomy.
- The system with double detector allows to identify with precision the people who have been lying horizontally after a fall.
- It is necessary to install sensors in all the rooms of the home that could be a place of risk of falls.
- The applications are only available for Android. At this point, we would recommend centralizing everything in a single installation application and alert management that incorporates a guided tutorial to simplify all processes.