AGE-WELL SAM3 Innovation Hub

Sensors & Tools

The Sensors and Analytics for Monitoring, Mobility, and Memory (SAM3) hub focuses on smart technologies that monitor seniors’ health and wellbeing―to keep them as healthy, safe and independent as possible. It will bring together health professionals, researchers, industry, non-profits and older people and caregivers who will benefit from such technologies in their everyday lives.

The Sensors and Analytics for Monitoring, Mobility, and Memory (SAM3) hub focuses on smart technologies that monitor seniors’ health and wellbeing―to keep them as healthy, safe and independent as possible. It will bring together health professionals, researchers, industry, non-profits and older people and caregivers who will benefit from such technologies in their everyday lives.

The hub is host to a number of cutting edge research projects:

  • Pressure-sensitive mat that, when placed under a mattress, can alert seniors, caregivers, and medical professionals to deviations in a person’s vital signs, activity, and mobility. They can also be used to track the amount a person moves in their sleep—information which can be used to help them avoid bed sores. They can show when a person is unstable when rising in the morning, indicating a decline in mobility.
  • Apartment sensors that can measure a person’s cognitive abilities based on their daily activities, sleep quality, and ability to use everyday objects in their household.
  • Automated lighting and sounds that can prompt a dementia patient to return to bed should they wake in the middle of the night. This keeps the patient safe in their home and helps their caregiver rest assured that their loved one will not wander out of the house in the middle of the night.

The hub also represents real opportunities for collaboration with Canadian companies. SAM3 is a vital part of Bruyère’s research infrastructure, which can be used by private industry to test their products in complex health environments.