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1 Safety Stair System Presented by Julia Nikiforofa, Christine O’Neill, Graham Power

2 Content Inclusive Design Our Inclusive Design Users/Persona Our Aim Problem/Research Existing Technology/Solution Data Collection Feed Back

3 Definition - Inclusive Design "The design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible... without the need for special adaptation or specialized design.“ The British Standard Institute, 2005

4 Inclusive Design - Product An inclusively designed product must be:- FunctionalUsableDesirableViable Successful Product

5 Inclusive Design - Development Inclusive Product Development:- Need Discover Understanding Translate Requirements Create Concept Develop Solutions

6 Our Inclusive Technology System To prompt people to hold the handrail when using the stairs for their own safety. It incorporates sensors and sensory mats at the top and bottom of the stairs. These sensors activate light and sound. Sends distress messages to the family member in case of a fall.

7 Our Aim Continued independent living for the elderly. Greater awareness when using the stairs. Reduction in accidents/fatalities in the home

8 For Who?

9 Persona Mary lives in Dublin in her two storey house. Mary is a widow and lives on her own. She has two children who are happily married and living in different areas of Dublin. Mary has help from her children when needed. Mary’s house has a cosy and warm interior; There are carpets throughout the house. Concerns:- How would somebody know if I had fallen? How quickly could I get help? Objectives Feeling confident about using the stairs. Knowing that if I did fall down I would have help on the way. Mary McDonnell Age: 77 “I do worry sometimes that my children are too far away in case something happens to me”

10 Census Population

11 Elderly Age Breakdown

12 Problem identified Watch your step

13 Statistics Guardian Newspaper 2011

14 Stairs what’s the Problem

15 Before Seat Belts

16 Existing technologies Sensor mats Infrared sensors warning sound Central control system Alert system

17 Solution 2mm thickness 32 sensors per sq. foot Can detect weight or proximity Water resistant Sensory Mat

18 Solution Infrared or sensor strip Detected use or not of hand rail Handrail Sensor System

19 Solution Fall Alert System

20 Data Collection Results Survey results: number of people that hold the handrail. Survey result: 16 people in favour of this system.

21 Feedback from Organisations Centre for Ageing Research Development in Ireland The Irish Association of Social Care Workers Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology

22 References Arun Electronics, (2012). Pressure Mats. Retrieved October 29, 2012, from BBC News, (2005). On this Day: 1983: British drivers ordered to belt up. Retrieved November 5, 2012 from Belfast Telegraph, (2008). Girl (18) died after falling down stairs. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from Bow and arrow [image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from British Standards Institute, (2005). Design management systems - Managing inclusive design – Guide British Standard :2005 Canada Housing and Mortgage Company, (2012). Preventing Falls on Stairs. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from Car 1920’s [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Car no Seat belts [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from dNawI/AAAAAAAAAuA /Qp8G1sODP6c Central Statistics Office,( 2012). Census Population Retrieved November 5, 2012, from Dusenberry, D., Simpson, H., and DelloRusso, S. (2009). Effect of Handrail Shape on Graspability. Journal Applied Ergonomics, Vol 40, Issue 4 eHow, (2012). How to make motion dectors. Retrieved November 2, 2012, fromhttp://www.ehow.com/how_ _make-motion-detectors.htmlhttp://www.ehow.com/how_ _make-motion-detectors.html eNotes, (2012 ). Seat belt usage. Retrieved November 5, 2012, from belt-usagehttp://www.enotes.com/automobiles-reference/seat- Euronova, (2012). Specialists Security System – Sensors. Retrieved November 2, 2012, from Falling down the stairs [image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from down the stairshttp://www.clker.com/cliparts/8/0/5/c/ slippery%20steps%20white.svg.med.png Family [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 7, 2012, from Grandmother [image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Guardian Newspaper, (2011). Mortality statistics: every cause of death in England and Wales. Retrieved October 15, 2012 from wales-2010#zoomed-picturehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/oct/28/mortality-statistics-causes-death-england- International Conference on Stairway Usability and Safety, (2011). Retrieved October 15, 2012 from Inclusive Design, (2012). Designing a more inclusive world. Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Minimalist Stair case [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Open thread stair [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from

23 References Scarborough, T., (2004). Pressure Pad – Step On It! Retrieved November 2, 2012, from Sensor [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Sensory Mat [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Senior fall [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Stair with carpet [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from joinery.com /images/uploads/stairs12.JPG Stairs with turn [Image] (n.n.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from gardens-foyer jpg Stairs – decorative [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Text Message [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Technical Solutions, (2012). Fall Monitor 2. Retrieved November 2, 2012, from tommee tippee, (2012 ). How does my sensory pad work ? Retrieved November 2, 2012, from University of Cambridge, (2012). Inclusive Design Toolkit. Retrieved October 15, 2012, from Walking up the stairs [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 7, 2012, from Wide Stairs [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from QBzPY/TUoZkl3qQTI/AAAAAAAAAFI/Kpf7ZKDSSt8/s400/Stair-Railings-CHT01254.jpg Woman holding hand rail [Image} (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from Wooden stairs [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2012, from


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