An Enhanced Fall Detection System using Android based Smart Phone


B.V.Somasekhar, Assistant professor, M.V.S. Pavan, N.Srikanth, N.Krishna Chaitanya, P. Vinay kumar  
Dept of CSE, Qis College of Engineering and Technology, Ongole, Prakasam (Dt), India.


Due to their widespread popularity, decreasing costs, built-in sensors, computing power and communication capabilities, Android-based personal devices are being seen as an appealing technology for the deployment of wearable fall detection systems. In contrast with previous solutions in the existing literature, which are based on the performance of a single element (a smart phone), this paper proposes and evaluates a fall detection system that benefits from the detection performed by two popular personal devices: a smart phone and a smart watch (both provided with an embedded accelerometer and a gyroscope). In the proposed architecture, a specific application in each component permanently tracks and analyses the patient’s movements. Diverse fall detection algorithms (commonly employed in the literature) were implemented in the developed Android apps to discriminate falls from the conventional activities of daily living of the patient. As a novelty, a fall is only assumed to have occurred if it is simultaneously and independently detected by the two Android devices (which can interact via Bluetooth communication). The system was systematically evaluated in an experimental tested with actual test subjects simulating a set of falls and conventional movements associated with activities of daily living. The tests were repeated by varying the detection algorithm as well as the pre-defined mobility patterns executed by the subjects (i.e., the typology of the falls and non-fall movements). The proposed system was compared with the cases where only one device (the smart phone or the smart- watch) is considered to recognize and discriminate the falls. The obtained results show that the joint use of the two detection devices clearly increases the system’s capability to avoid false alarms or ‘false positives’ (those conventional movements misidentified as falls) while maintaining the effectiveness of the detection decisions.