research project

Cognitive Village

Technology for smart homes is rapidly developing, with the promise of all sorts of ways of helping older people live independently in their own homes for longer. However, much of the technology relies on the sort of infrastructure which is found in cities such as high speed internet. In this project, the partners are investigating what is possible in a rural environment, without that infrastructure support. The project takes account not only of technological, but also of human factors; the technology can only work if it is accepted by all the people involved, not only the older people themselves but also relatives, neighbors, health care providers, etc.

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The role of Noldus

Noldus is developing a number of key technologies which can be used for quantifying the behavior of people in this project. TrackLab  will be used to analyze location data, and will be developed to allow dynamically responding interactive systems. Noldus' specialist knowledge in data integration, synchronization and sensor fusion techniques will be used to develop solutions at the interface of the technologies provided by the other partners. 

We will focus on data from smart wrist-worn devices. The first step will be to create basic behavioral detection and classification for activities such as sitting, standing and walking and then in the next stage we will combine those activities together with other data such as location to detect more complex behaviors such as cooking. Development of improved technologies for detecting location are therefore also important, for instance the combination of beacons to provide rough locations with dead reckoning from inertial tracking to provide more accurate position information. All personal data will be securely stored, with attention to privacy, in an own cloud.


  • University of Siegen (coordinator)
  • Fraunhofer Institute  for Applied Information Technology FIT
  • Noldus Information Technology
  • Avinotec GmbH
  • KSG housing corporation
  • Future-Shape


This project is funded by the German ministry for education and research.

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More information

Visit the project website (in German), or if you think Noldus might be a good partner for your consortium, you can contact us directly.