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Energy Harvesting Smart Floor for Indoor People Localization and Tracking

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Andrea Gatto, Elena Bassoli

Università Di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

Marco Contigiani, Emanuele Frontoni, Adriano Mancini, Primo Zingaretti

Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy

Paper No. DETC2015-47200, pp. V009T07A053; 7 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 9: 2015 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5719-9
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


The aim of this work is to describe an innovative smart floor based on a self powered system able to allow the localization and analysis of the movement of the users in a specific area. The solution presented involves the use of capacitive sensors on a polymeric support to be inserted between solid wood and a wooden part of a floating parquet. A detailed architecture and implementation of the smart floor is proposed together with an exhaustive test phase. In this paper we first describe the measurement system used to perform reliability and efficiency test of the system. Then the results are discussed and compared with the expected results and the performance of other solutions already known to the state of art. The proposed system is part of HDOMO, an Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) project aimed at developing smart solutions for active ageing.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME



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