At the start of the 20th century, it was estimated that there were at least 2.6 million fall related injuries in the US alone in which 10300 were fatal. Omar Aziz, a PhD graduate of SFU Engineering Science and a researcher in injury prevention to the elderly, stated that the most common causes of falls involving the elderly is due to an incorrect shift in body weight. In many cases, falls are unavoidable but medical assistance needs to arrive as soon as possible.To solve these problems, our company is designing and developing a system called the Fall Emergency Distress System (FEDS), which responds to the falling motion of the user. When the user has a sudden downward acceleration, the system will detect this motion and emit a buzzer alarm. This informs the user that a distress call will be sent to the service center if it is not deactivated within a set period of time. The device will also include an emergency button that can be pressed at any time, and it will notify the system of the user's needs for medical assistance. When a distress call is received on our servers, the service team will locate the user through GPS and send the information to a medical response team.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440. Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem. This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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