To help elderly populations continue living independently and safely, TATA Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) and the Singapore Management University (SMU) have developed a pilot project deployed in the island nation. Called SHINESeniors, the project is supported by a Singapore government grant, and explores monitoring and assistive technologies at around 100 local Housing Development Board (HDB) apartments.
It combines sensor-based internet of things (IoT) technology with data analytics to help people age in place, and uses a community caregiver ecosystem to provide last-mile human touch. By using community assistance and not the healthcare system, SHINESeniors helps the elderly control costs significantly.
Building Smart Homes
Sensors installed at the homes of senior citizens collect and transmit vital information about their well-being non-intrusively. This discreet mode of tracking helps the elderly lead normal lives without feeling self-conscious. In case of divergent data patterns, timely alerts tip off community caregivers, who use a specially designed app interface to access the data and upload updates, and can also collaborate with other caregivers through it.
Since 2011, TCS and SMU have been collaborating through the iCity Lab to develop many such solutions for intelligent cities. The partnership was extended till 2020 in November 2017 to also focus on new research initiatives.“The lab is a good example of collaboration under the COIN™ program. We look forward to the iCity Lab pursuing more Smart Nation themes and creating an impact globally,” says K. Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, TCS.
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“We look forward to the iCity Lab pursuing more Smart Nation themes and creating an impact globally”