SensorsCall – monitoring environment and interaction for safer, independent living – and peace of mind for relatives.
Over the coming weeks, we will be bringing you extracts from 7 trailblazer profiles from our Aging in place Report. Each profile includes a flagship product deep dive as well as interoperability, target market, channels to market, success factors, IP and funding.
We also take a forensic overview with success grid and TRL assessment. Here’s the lowdown on SensorsCall.
SensorsCall - Aging in place trailblazer
Longevity Potential: CareAlert – the simple nightlight keeping you connected.
CareAlert is a device that lets you be there for your loved ones without having to get in contact with them over the phone or visit in person. The device is a ‘Smart night-light’ that learns a loved one’s daily routines to alert you, through the CareAlert app, when an unusual behaviour or activity has taken place. SensorsCall have developed this award-winning technology for senior in-home care based on market research into what real formal and informal carers are looking for in an alert device. In general, caregivers are looking for a device that:
- Lets the caregiver know the individual in question is fine
- Will notify them is anything is out of the ordinary
- Will connect them instantly with the individual
CareAlert was created to solve these three main concerns. The device contains multiple environmental sensors which are connected to the cloud where an AI-driven analytics engine develops an awareness of the habits and activities of inhabitants. Any unusual patterns are detected and verified by the devices multiple sensors and are reported to the caregivers. In addition, the device allows communication directly with the occupants in case of an emergency. It is also customisable to allow alerts based on individuals’ medical history, as potential hazards may vary with different conditions seniors are experiencing.
The sensors pick up motion in each room and, using SensorsCall’s AI technology, can learn a senior’s daily routine, alerting carers via app notifications when something deviates from that routine. As CareAlert does not use any camera elements, and does not constantly record audio in the home, individual privacy is not impeached, letting monitoring take place non-intrusively. As CareAlert is designed to get smarter over time, offering more features the more it is used, it requires one week after installation to sense and learn the normal routine and environmental conditions in the home. This data is then sent to the CareAlert cloud for analysis and allows the device to establish baseline behaviours and conditions to be used by the AI system to detect any abnormalities. All this is done whilst maintaining the senior’s privacy and dignity, without the use of a camera or listening to their conversations.
Interestingly, SensorsCall have put emphasis on developing a monitoring system that not only monitors the individual but also the environment. CareAlert can detect humidity, air quality changes and even unsafe room temperatures. If something is out of the ordinary CareAlert will pick this up and alert the carer immediately using its two-way communicator, allowing the carer to check in with ease.
SensorsCall has already been receiving positive feedback from CareAlert users who are benefitting from being able to have insight into their parents’ lives without intruding on their privacy. It has connected parents and their children, when normally older parents have been harder to contact as they tend to have greater difficulty using, or even remembering to use their mobile phones. SensorsCall’s success in creating a device and app that is easy to adopt into seniors and carers’ lives, yet incorporates smart technology that can monitor several variables in the home, is a step forward in the aging in place market, widening accessibility to more seniors looking to grow old in their own homes.