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Uranus: A Middleware Architecture for Dependable AAL and Vital Signs Monitoring Applications

Author(s): Antonio Coronato

Journal: Sensors
ISSN 1424-8220

Volume: 12;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 3145;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: vital signs monitoring | AAL | middleware services | rapid-prototyping | dependability

The design and realization of health monitoring applications has attracted the interest of large communities both from industry and academia. Several research challenges have been faced and issues tackled in order to realize effective applications for the management and monitoring of people with chronic diseases, people with disabilities, elderly people. However, there is a lack of efficient tools that enable rapid and possibly cheap realization of reliable health monitoring applications. The paper presents Uranus, a service oriented middleware architecture, which provides basic functions for the integration of different kinds of biomedical sensors. Uranus has also distinguishing characteristics like services for the run-time verification of the correctness of running applications and mechanisms for the recovery from failures. The paper concludes with two case studies as proof of concept.
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