Great Northern Haven

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A unique collaboration between the Louth Local Authorities, local Health Service Executive, industry partners, research & development and the older residents. Great Northern Haven is a demonstration housing project consisting of 16 purpose-built smart homes, each equipped with a combination of sensor and interactive technology to support AAL for older people.

Great Northern Haven (GNH) is a demonstration housing project consisting of 16 purpose-built smart homes in the north-east of Ireland, each equipped with a combination of sensor and interactive technology to support AAL for older people. Fifteen of the apartments are occupied by older adults, while one is retained as a unit for demonstration and testing purposes. This 16th apartment is also used as a transitional unit to support older adults moving from high dependency care back to their own homes. Ambient sensor technology supports monitoring of patterns of behaviour over extended periods of time, and more importantly deviations in normal patterns of behaviour that might indicate the onset of illness (orange alerts).

For further information see:

Doyle, J., Caprani, C., Bond, R. (2015). Older adults’ attitudes to self-management of health and wellness through smart home data.

Doyle, J., Kealy, A., Loane, J., L. Walsh et al., L. (2014a). An integrated home-based self-management system to support the wellbeing of older adults. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart 6 (4): 359-383.

Walsh, A. Kealy, J. Loane, J. Doyle and R. Bond, Inferring health metrics from ambient smart home data. In IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM), Belfast, UK, 2014.

Kealy, K. McDaid, J. Loane, L. Walsh and J. Doyle, “Derivation of night time behaviour metrics using ambient sensors”, in 7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (Pervasive Health), pp. 33-40, 2013.

Loane, B. O’Mullane, B. Bortz and R.B. Knapp, “Looking for similarities in movement between and within homes using cluster analysis”, in Health Informatics Journal, vol. 18, no. 3, 2012.

Great Northern Haven – Development Project Team

  • Client: Dundalk Town Council, Louth County Council.
  • Partners: Department of Environment and Local Government, Atlantic Philanthropies, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Project Steering Group: Dundalk Town Council, Louth County Council, Health Service Executive (North East), Netwell Centre Dundalk Institute of Technology, MCO Projects
  • Project Architects / Project Management: MCO Projects
  • Development Team: PRP (Sub-consultant to MCO Projects)
  • O’Connor Sutton Cronin (Structural Engineers)
  • ARUP Consulting Engineers (M&E Engineers)
  • Kerrigan Sheanan Newman (Quantity Surveyors)
  • Main Contractors: O’Hanlon Farrell
  • Haughton and Young (Mechanical Sub-Contractor)
  • JJ McGowan (Electrical Sub-Contractor)
  • Rockbrook Engineering (Sensor Technology Sub-Contractor)