Independent and connected living

Focus: Tele-monitoring via smart home and living technologies

With the burden of innovation on the device and software companies, there is a considerably low barrier of entry to offering quality tech enabled solutions. Many businesses are currently prototyping and developing in this space. These companies are comfortable sharing application programme interfaces (APIs) with developers, enabling a broader range of options to the consumer and a creative collaboration of ideas to ensure that the best products are brought into the market. Connected living is being made possible through smart sensors and buildings, mHealth solutions, mobility aids, secure data, robotics, and eHealth.

Current State: There are various tele-monitoring solutions on the market right now. Technologies in the total home care market allow remote management of a loved one’s home by allowing one to connect with smart home devices. Voice enabled solutions, particularly those that pair with existing AI and consumer tech solutions such as Alexa and Google home show a promising way to aid the elderly in their day-to-day lives. While these products are available to support the elderly through routine tasks, the question remains as to their true potential and how much these technologies can truly be of aid to the elderly, other than serving as simple chatbots that they can talk to and helping on tasks like medication management, logging daily habits, general monitoring, etc.

IDIH project focus: Technological topics and themes such as IoT, automated emergency call systems, vital signs monitoring systems, reminding systems, automated health assessment and automated activity and fall detection systems will form the basis of all activities to be implemented with the scope of IDIH project.