Naysayers call it a BIG Brother attempt at a surveillance system to detect worrisome changes in an older person’s behaviour.
But in Scotland, where the system is in trial phase, exponents say it’s a legitimate attempt to help elderly and vulnerable people living independently at home.
HeraldScotland reported on the ambitious technology developed by computer scientists at Technabling, a spin-off company of Aberdeen University, CaringAide.
CaringAide works in 4 ways as a remote monitoring system for the elderly.
1. A network of sensors is placed around an older adult’s home to detect shifts in routines indicative of health dangers, such as a fall or signs of dementia.
2. Electronic messages are emitted for assessment to a remote care center staffed 24/7 by professionals. In case of immediate action the person’s care contact or support network is alerted.
3. A computerized infrastructure linked to internet cameras is integrated into the system. CaringAide plays down users’ fears they are being watched.
4. Design software to protect privacy through a process of making use of multiple encryption and security technologies. Images are not accessible or visible unless authorized.
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