Keeping an aging parent in their own home might be a goal for many adult children and even for just wanting their independence. As many as living longer, the worry over an unattended parent can be stressful. A new sensor/cloud-based monitoring system, however, has been introduced to alleviate this anxiety and allow senior-age residents to carry on their lifestyle.
Smart Home semi-conductor/system company GreenPeak Technologies, www.greenpeak.com, Utrecht, The Netherlands, announces the Senior Lifestyle System which is available for service providers, retailers, system integrators and Smart Home system developers.
According to GreenPeak, the system empowers children and their elderly parents to privately and securely share lifestyle information, enabling the seniors to feel safe and live longer at home independently – while their children feel secure that their parents are safe and well.
The Senior Lifestyle System uses a network of wireless ZigBee, zigbee.org, San Ramon, Calif., sensor nodes located throughout the home. This network connects via an Internet gateway to a cloud-based self-learning algorithm with advanced behavior pattern recognition capabilities that learn the normal day-to-day activities and behavior of people in their home.
“Family Lifestyle Systems can encompass a wide range of living and family social environments. We are starting with the Senior Lifestyle System because that is an acknowledged need – keeping family members and loved ones informed, wherever they are, on how they are doing,” says GreenPeak Technologies Chief Executive Officer Cees Links. “With a growing number of elderly people wishing to continue living in their own home longer, the demands for smart assisted-living solutions are rapidly increasing.”
A Senior Lifestyle System “learns” what the normal patterns in the home are. Within a few weeks, the application learns what is “normal,” and therefore also learns what is not as expected and can send an alert to a smart phone or integrated social media app when something is not quite right or when irregular behavior is detected. GreenPeak explains that, because it does not require people to wear devices and does not use cameras, the system is unobtrusive and ensures privacy.
“The core sensing and networking technologies supporting the ‘Smart Home’ and Internet of Things continue to improve, and a big part of that is embracing standardized technologies that are proven to work, and are easy to install and require little maintenance,” comments Jim Montgomery, senior analyst for NanoMarkets, nanomarkets.net, Glen Allen, Va.
“What will truly drive success in the Smart Home area, though, is creating significantly more value for these systems through applications that address and solve real-world problems,” Montgomery continues. “This will create opportunities for everyone: consumers, service providers, and systems manufacturers.”
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