MATADOR: Mobile Activity Tracker And Direct Online Reporter



It’s your move


Into the wild

Project MATADOR has been released “into the wild”. Twelve patients at Oxford Churchill Hospital have been issued with the first batch of Fitbit Zips.

Dr Philip Camilleri said that response to the programme has been universally positive – with all patients expressing support and enthusiasm for using the pedometers. Some even asking to see their personal activity data at the end of the monitoring period.


Beta update 3 (Feb 2016)

New authentication system integrated into main site. MATADOR now uses the Fitbit-recommended 2nd-generation authentication system (OAuth 2.0).
This ensures the continued smooth running of MATADOR beyond the shutdown of OAuth 1.0 in April 2016.
The new authentication also gives access to high-granularity time series data for steps and heart rate.

Beta update 2 (Jan 2016)

  1. Integration of email capabilities allows activity data to sent as a spreadsheet attachment
  2. Unit-testing of forthcoming OAuth2.0 authentication system.

Beta update 1 (Jan 2016)

MATADOR has received approval from the National Ethics Committee.


Alpha update 2 (Aug 2015)

MATADOR can now display graphs for up to one year of data for any authorised fitbit device

The graph can be set to show particular days of the week combined with either daily steps or active minutes
Also it calculates and displays the average of the displayed data

 Alpha Phase update 1

OMI have established the data link between the FitBit activity database and the MATADOR servers.

This allows MATADOR to access the current and historic activity information of registered FitBit devices (for which it has authorisation).

Data up to the latest sync can be queried with daily measurements to build up a comprehensive picture of a user’s real world physical activeness.

Ongoing development

The FitBit interfacing is the first step towards a powerful data tool being built for monitoring the activeness of cancer patients. OMI are developing software for a pilot project using 12 FitBit zips in collaboration with Oxford University Hospital research and the support of the NHS Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network.

Background information

  1. Walking just one mile a day could save lives (Macmillan UK, 29 August 2014)
  2. The Benefits of Exercise After Getting Diagnosed with Cancer (Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund /, Feb 2015)
  3. Staying Fit to Fight Colon Cancer (Johns Hopkins Colon Cancer Center, 2006)
  4. UPDATE Fitbit devices score well in accuracy group test (Feb 2015)