Text by Konstantinos Kentrotis, MEng MDes PhD | Research & Innovation Consultant at EXUS
Apart from the developer of the Face Recognition & Gesture-based Interaction platform (EFRGI), which was presented in a previous article, EXUS is also WorkingAge’s (WA) integrator! But what exactly is this role? The integrator’s duty is to bring together all the elements developed in the context of the project and to ensure that they operate as a unified system harmonically and as wished, meeting the functional requirements previously set.
In the case of WorkingAge, all the measurements deriving from the various sensors embedded in the working environment of the user are transferred into a mobile application in the format of ‘high-level’ data, meaning data that is relatively simple and thus easy to be ‘understood’ by the application. This application is what we refer to as ‘WA Tool’ and consists mainly of the following main components:
1. A Decision Support System (DSS): which receives high-level data from the ecosystem of sensing devices, aiming to generate rule-based recommendations.
2. A Location & Emergency Service: which is in charge of spotting the geolocation of the user and to convey the emergency alerts (in a format of an ‘emergency message’) to the PEMEA Emergency Service Emulator on the cloud.
3. The User Interface: which visualises the recommendations to the user and provides him/her with reporting capabilities.
4. A Registration component: which is meant to be used only for the registration of the users with the WA Tool.
5. An Encryption/Decryption Service: responsible for encrypting any personal data of the user that is acquired via the application before sending it to the other devices, and also to decrypt the encrypted data received.
6. A Bluetooth component: which is responsible for connecting and receiving information from sensors connected directly to the smartphone.
Figure 1 shows one of the initial integration architecture diagrams, which constituted the basis for the actual integration of the various components within the WA Tool.
The integration phase of the project is in progress and is projected to last until December 2020, when the first integrated system prototype of the WA Tool is anticipated. We cannot but look forward to it!