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[01-02, 2002] 

Journal of Electrical Engineering, Vol 53, 01-02 (2002) 41-45


Juraj Hercek - Peter Kleinert - Radoslav Kováč - Dušan Lacko - Mária Bieliková - Tibor Krajčovič

   Asthma is one of the major public problems in the world. This paper describes the design of an information appliance supporting asthma suffering patients. We considered specific characteristics of information appliances, such as a small form factor (ie easily carried in one's pocket), or simplicity of operation. The information appliance extensively uses data related to environment characteristics (such as weather or pollen counts) available on the Internet. We present our method for data gathering from the Internet, which allows a highly modular design. We use a relational database and the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) for asthma related data representation. A combination of the relational database and the XML provides the possibility for using data by other appliances, in particular for information interchange on the Internet. A prototype realization of the design - the system called AMADIA (Asthma Monitor & Allergy Data Information Appliance) is also reported.

Keywords: asthma, allergy, peak flow, pollen and weather situation, information appliance, Internet, XML, WWW-parser method


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