Apr 11 2023 | Posted by WUN

WUN-supported project “Mesh WiFi-based In-Home Health Monitoring System for Older Adults” gains traction


A team of researchers led by Professor He Chen from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed a Mesh WiFi-based In-Home Health Monitoring System for Older Adults with seed-funding support from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

The project has gained traction with additional funding of HK$ 796,000 (£85k) from the Shun Hing Institute of Advanced Engineering (SHIAE), and strong interest from a Hong Kong-based smart home company in integrating the technology into their products.

The Mesh WiFi-based system was developed to provide an innovative approach to protecting older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WiFi-based system can monitor vital signs and other health indicators of people in their own homes, autonomously identifying any potential health anomalies. It enables clinicians to acquire valid health information without physical examinations which can be high risk during a pandemic.

The research group developed a working prototype that can safeguard the health and well-being of the elderly and other vulnerable groups, and the aim is to expand it to people living in remote areas.

The initial seed funding from the WUN Research Development Fund helped the research team to produce promising results that attracted external funding and industry interest. The team is now exploring potential collaborations with a smart home company in Hong Kong for integrating the technology into its products, further validating the potential of the Mesh WiFi-based system.

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