The number of elderly people and people requiring assisted living is increasing. Therefore, it is necessary to think creatively and find unconventional solutions in order to provide comfort and safety for our loved ones.
Same products for multiple purposes
The "Gratis tryghed" project uses existing technology to increase the sense of security in homes of people who require assisted living by keeping an eye on changes in their electricity consumption.
Monitoring electricity consumption
The purpose of the project is to investigate whether intelligent energy monitoring can be used to create a sense of security and independence among the elderly people in their own homes as well as to provide a sense of confidence for their relatives.
The project is funded by a grant from the City of Aarhus Innovation Fund.
Sense of security and independence among elderly people
Both the electricity consumption and the sense of security are focus areas for the Aarhus Kommune, so the combination of these two areas is unique.
For the citizens, the project creates greater sense of security at home, but the decrease of energy consumption also decreases CO2 emissions and thereby benefits the climate at a general level.
Energy consumption as an indicator of everyday routines
Energy consumption to some extent is reflecting everyday routines. If the elderly people are alone at home and accidentally fall or faint, lights or other home appliances will be turned on/off for several hours. Relatives will be alarmed when electricity consumption remarkably differs.
At the same time, getting insight into electricity consumption helps to reduce the total energy consumption and create economical savings.
Develco Products in GRATIS TRYGHED
Develco Products provides the smart home hubs that control the wireless devices.
All the trial sites have been equipped with an external meter interface as well as smart plug from Develco Products.
The solution can easily be extended with different sensors in order to develop a solution that gives a better opportunity to feel safe in their own homes as long as possible.