The one-year pilot project will involve a group of 30 elderly people. Called "Secure Living", the aim of the project is to introduce a new system of tele-monitoring and tele-assistance for people in need of in-home assistance.
The system is based on a net of integrated sensors that send data about the assisted person to a control room. The solution also allows interaction with the end user, providing suggestions on a series of activities, including tutored physical training, exercises to stretch mental faculties, or direct contact to a health worker. The data is collected and analyzed in the control room and if necessary, a medical team is alerted.
The aim of the project is to enhance the quality of life of the elderly, providing greater independence and integration into society, while, at the same time, lowering public spending through more accessible and less invasive technologies. The Secure Living solution was developed by IBM, TIS Innovation Park, the technological park of Bolzano, and business partner Dr. Hein GmbH.
"We want to improve the standard of living in the province and telemedicine is one of the priorities for our local administration", stated Barbara Repetto Visentini, Member of the South Tyrolean government in charge of innovation. "The agreement signed with IBM and TIS Innovation Park is a decisive step in this direction, providing citizens with a better level of service through innovation and technology."
In the future, the city will also be looking to implement projects allowing improved traceability for food and goods, and a smarter utilities grid. "The strategic initiative with Bolzano is part of IBM's strategy to leverage available technologies in a smarter way; improving the quality of life for all citizens, in a cost-effective way", stated Nicola Ciniero, General Manager, IBM Italy.
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