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MSU researcher studying new way to monitor at-risk senior citizens

Sep 3, 2016

A Michigan State University researcher is looking at whether home Wi-Fi systems can be used to help the elderly while protecting their privacy.

The families of many at-risk seniors rely on online cameras, wearable devices or sensors to make sure they haven’t fallen or suffered a medical problem.    

But at a cost of their privacy.

Mi Zhang is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the MSU College of Engineering, He’s received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a home Wi-Fi signal into a near range radar.

He says the idea is the system can detect abnormal events that may indicate there’s a problem while protecting the privacy of senior citizens.