Birmingham tests smart tech to support over-65s

City4Age feature in UKA Local Digital

Birmingham City Council is planning a programme of tests of internet of things (IoT) technology in supporting elderly people with mobility and cognitive problems.

It will provide a testbed for capturing data on individuals' behaviour through wearable technologies and smartphones, aimed at detecting behavioural changes among people who are over 65 and suffering physical difficulties.
It will also monitor their whereabouts as they move around at home and outside.

The plan is part of an initiative to manage the risks of people with mild cognitive problems, and to encourage them to interact more with others and exercise their mental capabilities.

While the details are still under discussion, one idea is to deploy street based beacons around Birmingham to push messages to participants' smartphones about discounts and local events. The project team will use the technology to track how the participants react and provide support such as a 'buddy' system.

The technology could also be programmed to monitor sleeping patterns and to trigger alerts if wearers have not left their home for several days. More...

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