How Automatic Fall Detection Works

Taking a tumble when alone is no fun no matter how you try and spin it. The statistics tell us that 1 in 3 people aged 65 or over fall each year in Australia, often requiring hospitalisation. Further, the chances of a successful outcome depend greatly on the time it takes to get the help needed. Lying on the ground with the cockroaches and other creep crawlies is no fun on its own. Throw in a broken ankle or hip and it can be a miserable experience to say the least.

Luckily, the Live Life mobile alarm has a really clever automatic fall detector built in. It’s really great at detecting impact (and/or deceleration) resulting form a fall against a hard object. The way it does this is by using an “accelerometer” which measures movement and deceleration on different axis (x,y & z). When a fall is detected the alarm gives the wearer a good chance to cancel the alarm should the person just have dropped their alarm on the floor for example. The device vibrates and then “beeps” loudly for 20 seconds to warn the wearer that a fall has occurred. In this time they can cancel the emergency text and call sequence by simply “clicking” the SOS button on their mobile alarm. However, if they’re unconscious or unable to move then they won’t be able to cancel their fall alarm sequence and so the alarm will “do it’s thing”.

Doing it’s thing.
When the alarm “does its thing” I mean it will send a text message to as many as 5 people and will tell them that the wearer of the alarm has fallen over. It shows each person with a mobile phone the wearers exact location on Google Maps and then starts to call each of the family member and/or friends one by one until someone answers. When someone does answer they can talk to the person who’s fallen because the mobile alarm has a crystal clear 2 way speaker and microphone built in.

Types of falls this is great for:
Trip falls
Falling down the stairs
Car crash
Any sort of impact with a sudden stop

The automatic fall detector will never activate when one lies down or sits in a chair. It requires impact. The way it’s been designed as well is there needs to be 45 centimetres of vertical movement before the impact occurs. And remember, even if the fall detector does activate it’s easy to cancel – just “click” the button. Falls like sliding down a wall or slumping into a chair are unlikely to activate the automatic fall detector, however, we’re hoping that in a situation like this the wearer of the alarm can activate the help sequence by pressing the SOS button. It’s nice to know that we can easily (and remotely) change the sensitivity of the automatic fall detection very quickly and at anytime. It can even be turned off completely if it’s not for you.

Our automatic fall detection capability in the Live Life mobile alarm is an incredible piece of technology that’s saved many people from absolutely horrible experiences, getting them the help they need fast. It’s not perfect, but it’s very, very good. We’ve a 96% expectation that any fall with impact from 50 centimetres height to the ground will result in an activation. They’re much better odds than no protection at all.

By |2021-11-23T15:42:39+10:00February 2nd, 2020|News / Article|0 Comments


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