In-home aged care technology trial

Elderly Australians are one step closer to gaining greater autonomy and security in their homes with the announcement of a Samsung backed Holly Smart Home Project technology trial.

 

The ‘Holly Smart Home Project’ trial is an initiative designed to field test an ecosystem of technology specifically designed to help address challenges associated with in-home aged care in Australia.

 

The trial will utilise a range of in-home sensing devices that support home monitoring and automation, and sensing including sensor to monitor temperature and vibrations and motion sensor to track the lifestyles and habitsof the home owner or aged care patient.

 

The trial will be taking place with the support of Deakin University and the City of Greater Geelong to include testing across five residential households for six weeks, with participants ranging in age from 73 to 81 years old.

 

The Holly Smart Home trial ecosystem includes:

  • Holly Hub - the “brain” of the Holly Smart Home. It is a small computer that receives data from sensors within each home, and when required, triggers audio and SMS alerts.

  • Samsung SmartThings motion sensor - monitors movement within the home. This device is battery powered and sends a notification to the Holly Hub when activity is detected.

  • Samsung SmartThings multi purpose sensor - monitors whether doors, windows or cupboards are open or closed. The sensor is also capable of monitoring vibrations and temperature within the room in which they are located.

  • LIFX Light bulbs - each light bulb can be controlled from a smart phone. This means a user can change the bulb’s light colour, brightness or switch the light on or off from the convenience of their couch.

  • Speakers and Chromecast - Holly broadcasts audio messages to multiple speakers within the home. To minimise cabling, Holly integrates with the latest wireless speaker technology.

Systems have been integrated to provide aged care households with a monitoring and machine learning system that understand the normal movements and activity inside a home.

 

With this information, Holly will be able to start to identify abnormal activity and raise alerts to healthcare providers as required.

 

Deakin University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment Executive Dean, Professor Trevor Day, said the Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Lab (DSTIL) will provide potentially life-changing opportunities for some of Australia’s most vulnerable community members.

 

The Investor Engagement and Economic Projects Division, part of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has facilitated the Holly Smart Home Project and the wider policy supporting medical technologies as part of Victoria’s smart city development.

 

8 March 2016.