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Modules for ambient assisted living appliances


Modern technologies make it possible to successfully meet the challenges of an aging society that is increasingly dependent on care. Many of the individuals concerned would feel more comfortable receiving care at home, which would also provide greater peace of mind for their loved ones.

Home care could be a cost-saving alternative to institutional care. But what happens if there are not enough qualified caregivers available or pandemics massively limit the number of people you should have contact with? How can the people concerned be helped to maintain their independence and quality of life despite these restrictions?

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solutions help individuals manage everyday life

  • Equipped with various sensors, such as cameras, they make it possible to monitor health data, detect emergencies and immediately inform the care service and relatives so that they can provide rapid assistance
  • Innovative products such as smart pill dispensers offer increased patient safety for medication management and a digital platform for remote care,
  • The use of artificial intelligence (AI) allows data from different sensors to be linked together to provide a comprehensive and more reliable picture of the situation so that optimal assistance can be provided
  • To protect privacy and comply with data protection policies, for example, sensor information such as camera images is only transmitted when alarms have been triggered or conversation is to be held with a caregiver
  • Cybersecurity threats aimed at obtaining personal information are a major concern for home care applications. High-quality products have appropriate security mechanisms implemented in both hardware and software

Connected smart devices in the home care sector will help cause a shift in healthcare towards taking a preventive and outcome-based approach. They will improve healthcare productivity while increasing client / patient comfort.


Making life easier

The design of reliable processing modules with the necessary computing power is the key to ensuring that an AAL service works properly.

Prerequisites that make Ambient Assisted Living solutions work

  • Cost-effectively connect multiple high-resolution cameras (MIPI-CSI)
  • Sufficient real-time processing power to respond quickly to events or emergencies
  • Support for various connectivity options for connecting to sensors, actuators, and communication modules, including digital and analog input/output (I/O) ports, serial communication interfaces (UART, SPI, I2C), and WiFi, and Bluetooth, which are commonly used in AAL applications
  • AAL devices are intended for continuous use and must be reliable and robust
  • Encryption algorithms, secure communication protocols, and secure boot mechanisms must be supported to protect data privacy and prevent unauthorized access to the device

Tailored System-on-Modules for health monitoring and diagnosis

Theobroma Systems’ System-on-Modules (SOM) allow for computer vision applications that are well-suited to analyzing medical imaging for automatically detecting abnormalities, monitoring patient activity, and diagnosing the health status of individuals.

The modules are based on the Qseven form factors and have all the necessary components included on a single board, such as CPU, GPU, NPU, memory, storage, and I/O interfaces. They rely on Rockchip’s ARM-based System-on-Chips (SOC), featuring low power consumption even for high-performance tasks such as evaluating large amounts of sensor data.

As security is a major concern due to privacy issues with the patient data and the stakes being such that any violations here may result in injury or even worse, an EAL6+ certified secure element ensures the necessary security level and asset protection.

Reduced development costs and short time to market

The functional scope of a module can be configured for a specific use case to make full use of cost advantages. This includes both the software with the Board Support Package (BSP) and hardware components such as memory and I/O interfaces.

A comprehensive evaluation kit allows software development to begin before the device hardware design is complete, enabling a short time to market. All modules run on Linux, supported by Debian, Yocto and Buildroot.


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why Theobroma Systems

Right in the very heart of Europe, in the Austrian capital of Vienna, we are committed to high-quality products and sustainable manufacturing.

With inherent security in mind, Theobroma is certified according to the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (ISO/IEC 15408).

From concept and design to hardware and software development, parts purchasing and manufacturing: The expertise and speed of our technical support makes us your one-stop-shop for industrial-grade intelligent modules.

To get you up and running as quickly as possible, we have lead times that can be as short as two weeks. 

Our production capabilities range from small batches to high volume production runs, i.e., from 10 to over 100,000 modules.

We guarantee module availability for up to ten years by ensuring that discontinued parts are replaced with those of an identical form, fit and function.

The challenge Theobroma meets is not only to build smart modules, but also to design, develop and manufacture the brain of ambient assisted living services that is also reliable, robust, and secure.


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All Rights Reserved.