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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5843504, 9 pages
Research Article

A Remote Health Monitoring System for the Elderly Based on Smart Home Gateway

College of Life Science & Bioengineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Shuicai Wu

Received 8 April 2017; Revised 16 August 2017; Accepted 10 September 2017; Published 24 October 2017

Academic Editor: Chengyu Liu

Copyright © 2017 Kai Guan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper proposed a remote health monitoring system for the elderly based on smart home gateway. The proposed system consists of three parts: the smart clothing, the smart home gateway, and the health care server. The smart clothing collects the elderly’s electrocardiogram (ECG) and motion signals. The home gateway is used for data transmission. The health care server provides services of data storage and user information management; it is constructed on the Windows-Apache-MySQL-PHP (WAMP) platform and is tested on the Ali Cloud platform. To resolve the issues of data overload and network congestion of the home gateway, an ECG compression algorithm is applied. System demonstration shows that the ECG signals and motion signals of the elderly can be monitored. Evaluation of the compression algorithm shows that it has a high compression ratio and low distortion and consumes little time, which is suitable for home gateways. The proposed system has good scalability, and it is simple to operate. It has the potential to provide long-term and continuous home health monitoring services for the elderly.