Custos: Remote on-demand healthcare aided with wireless sensors and mobile phones

John K. Zao, Shih Chen Fan, Bing-Shiang Yang, Shang Hwa Hsu, Han Chin Cheng, Ming Lun Liu, Howard C. Huang, Fan Yi Teng

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Telemonitoring and remote healthcare are two ICT techniques promise to deliver cost effective long-term healthcare services to the aging population worldwide. Anticipating an emerging market opportunity, NCTU Kannon project team is creating Custos, an open composeable platform for developing remote on-demand healthcare applications using smart phones and wireless sensor networks. Custos1 is integrated readily with Internet web services and UPnP digital-home platform so that it can be used to detect abnormal health conditions through multi-sensor data fusion, adapt environment conditions to user needs, dispatch medical alerts and instigateremedial actions via SMS/RSS communication. Moreover, Custos is easy to program because it uses Sun SPOT and Squawk Java J2ME as its sensor/actuator hub. In this position paper, we presentthe design principles, system architecture and operation concepts of Custos as well as a pilotplan for clinical trials in the Geriatric Psychiatry Ward of Wei-Gong Memorial Hospital in Miaoli, Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4811630
Pages (from-to)2264-2269
Number of pages6
JournalConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2008 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 12 Oct 200815 Oct 2008


  • Smart environments
  • Telemedicine
  • Telemonitoring
  • Wireless sensor networks


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