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Developing a Smart Wheelchair


The long-term effects of sitting in a wheelchair can be devastating — patients can get pressure ulcers and spine and muscle deformities, feel pain, or simply be exhausted after up to 14 hours of sitting.

Bad posture is a major challenge, because often wheelchair-bound patients are not able to control or change their sitting position on their own.

SAP Netherlands is working to change this by developing a smart wheelchair. Created in collaboration with Dutch manufacturer of wheelchairs and mobility scooters, Life & Mobility, an advanced prototype of the smart wheelchair has integrated sensors that continually generate mass data from the patient actually sitting in it; for example, the pressure distribution in the seat and backrest.

Based on SAP Leonardo, Big Data is collected and stored centrally in SAP Cloud Platform and analyzed with help of SAP analytics.