VA SmartHome for Veterans with TBI: Implementation in Community Settings

  • Kristina M. MartinezEmail author
  • Karen M. Mann
  • Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga
  • Jan M. Jasiewicz
  • Deborah Rugs
  • Yorick Wilks
  • Steven G. Scott
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8456)


Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at risk for reduced levels of independence, safety issues, falls, and institutionalization. VA SmartHome (SH) technology, developed for Veterans with TBI, uses an accurate indoor tracking technology capable of following numerous individuals simultaneously and resolving their location to approximately 15 cm in an open environment. In addition, SH technologies provide time- and location-dependent prompts to promote independence of the participant by providing reminders for the management of daily activities such as medication, meal planning, and other necessary tasks. SH tech-nology was initially developed for clinical rehabilitation settings, however, was recently expanded to private homes of Veterans with TBI. Current features available in the SH and the process of implementation are presented.


SmartHome Traumatic brain injury Veterans Smart technology Rehabilitation Smart home RFID tracking 



This work is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Ubisense PLC and Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) through the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command under General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) (Award Ref: W91YTZ-13-C-0015).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristina M. Martinez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karen M. Mann
    • 2
    • 3
  • Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga
    • 4
  • Jan M. Jasiewicz
    • 2
  • Deborah Rugs
    • 2
  • Yorick Wilks
    • 5
  • Steven G. Scott
    • 2
  1. 1.Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)James A. Haley Veterans’ HospitalTampaUSA
  2. 2.HSR&D/RR&D Center of Innovation on Disability Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR)James A. Haley Veterans’ HospitalTampaUSA
  3. 3.Ubisense Inc.DenverUSA
  4. 4.University of South Florida (USF)TampaUSA
  5. 5.Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC)OcalaUSA

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