Assessment of human activity and posture with triaxial accelerometers provides insightful information about the functional ability: classification of human activities, in rehabilitation and elderly surveillance contexts, has been already proposed in the literature. In the meanwhile, recent technological advances allow developing miniaturized wearable devices, integrated within garments, which may extend this assessment to novel tasks, such as real time remote surveillance of workers and emergency operators intervening in harsh environments. We present an algorithm for human posture and activity level detection, based on the real-time processing of the signals produced by one wearable tri-axial-accelerometer. The algorithm is independent of the sensor orientation with respect to the body. Furthermore, it associates to its outputs a "reliability" value representing the classification quality, in order to launch reliable alarms only when effective dangerous conditions are detected. The system was tested on a customized device, to estimate the computational resources needed for real-time functioning. Results exhibit an overall 96.2 % accuracy when classifying both static and dynamic activities.
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