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Discover in this category all the articles linked to connected objects, new technologies and Internet of Things.

How can connected solutions help to support the elderly and vulnerable?

As we currently find ourselves in an epidemic, the top priority is lockdown! We are strongly advised to avoid all gatherings, limit travel and physical contact. But in these times of crisis, what happens to our loved ones, the elderly or the vulnerable, who are forced to stay at home or in their care homes, in total isolation, in order to protect themselves from possible contamination?

Although this state of quarantine seems absolutely essential in the current context, it fuels our concerns about our elderly and isolated relatives.

At a time when monitoring vulnerable people is of paramount importance, we must remember that technology never fails to surprise us.

Since 2013, Telegrafik has been developing Smart Care connected solutions to accompany the elderly and frail in their daily lives and support professionals working in the sector. These are innovative technologies designed to help people age well, whether at home, in senior residences or in nursing homes.

To date, more than 4,000 people have benefited from these connected telecare solutions which have been fitted in 25 nursing homes.

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PRESS RELEASE – EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT BETWEEN TELEGRAFIK AND KINESIQ

Telegrafik becomes the exclusive distributor of KINE-SIM on the French market

Telegrafik and Kinesiq announce an exclusive agreement for the distribution of KINE-SIM on the French market by Telegrafik, an innovative balance and motor exercise device.

Telegrafik is a French company specialised in Smart Care, particularly known for its connected solutions for seniorsKINESIQ is a Canadian company specialising in innovative physical and neurological rehabilitation equipment.

Telegrafik distributeur francais Kinesiq Kine-SIMThe KINÉ-SIMKINESIQ‘s flagship product, will exclusively appear on the Telegrafik stand at the Salon AGE3 to be held in Paris, this Thursday, February 6th. Visitors will be able to test it there!

Already approved across the Atlantic: the KINE-SIM has notably been adopted by the leader in senior residences in the United States, and is now available on the French market thanks to Telegrafik.

Present on three continents,  KINE-SIM from KINESIQ is the best all-in-one exercise device for rehabilitation and maintenance of functional autonomy. It improves the quality of life and the physical condition of vulnerable people through a playful and therefore motivating approach . With its innovative technology, it is also the only device combining two motorised force plates that can move the user in synchronisation with a multitude of multimedia scenarios, working on balancemotorskillsorthopaedics and cognitive abilities all at the same time.

Do not hesitate to contact our team to discover KINE-SIM !

Design your IoT projects and get them up and running with Telegrafiklab

Telegrafik is the ideal partner to help you design your customised IoT projects and put them into practice. We support you at each stage of your projects with the help of Agile software development: DESIGN & THINK, TEST & LEARN and BUILD & RUN. The aim: Better respond to your customers’ needs in order to generate growth drivers and better profitability.

Here we have some feedback from a project with an insurance company, covering the first two phases: DESIGN & THINK and TEST & LEARN.

The idea: In practice, design and test a consumer solution designed to prevent loss of autonomy

Step 1 of the project consisted of defining the idea. To do this, we worked hand in hand with our partner’s teams. The aim: to have a precise vision of the needs of an insurance company and of the service expected by those it insures.

The chosen solution had to meet the following characteristics in particular, to be:

– accessible to the largest number of people, the general public, with high added value for carers
– attractive to a target audience of families with an elderly relative living alone at home
– able to alert carers automatically if there is a problem (e.g. falling, fainting) in their relative’s accommodation
– easily integrated into the care home
– a personalised smart-home system with a photo holder

We have chosen an idea that brings together safety monitoring, social bond and family communication:

Discreet sensors are installed in the elderly person’s accommodation. The carers can monitor the progression of the person’s daily activity through a smartphone application. They receive an alert in the event of a problem.

Plus, 1 to 3 photographs of the family sent by post every month.

Then the development was launched.
At the end of three months, the beta version solution was available.

This beta version included:

  • Android, iOS and web applications allowing carers to view what their relative is doing in their home and to send them photographs which are then printed and mailed.
  • a specific development with technology building blocks (bricks) enabling SMS alerts to be sent to the appropriate person at the right time in the event of a problem.
  • the physical design of a box containing the home automation part of the service and acting as a photo frame for the elderly person.

The solution was then implemented within families so that it could be tested in real conditions. For this step, families with an elderly relative living alone had to be recruited. We set up the service with elderly people and we ran it for four months.

At the end of this stage of the test, we sent out a qualitative satisfaction survey so as to have feedback on the service that was as precise as possible.

Feedback from families was very positive and the smartphone application was voted for by carers. In fact, 80% of carers used the application. They found this tool really useful and some used it daily to check that their relative’s activity was normal.

Testimonials: “It’s good to know if  she is at home, or if she has gone out for the day or longer...I can see how long she has spent in her room with just a quick glance”

Finally, more than half of carers were prepared to pay to continue using the service.

 

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Smart Home: sensor data integrated into the Telegrafik platform

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The concept of the Smart Home will undergo major transformations over the coming years. Its revenue is expected to grow by 23.8% by 2020 (Source: Digital Market Outlook aggregated by Statista) and our everyday lives will change increasingly as a result. Our refrigerators, for example, will become intelligent. They will be able to tell us in real time what types of food are inside and place an order for us when we need to restock.

 

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Protect an elderly person living at home more effectively with enhanced remote assistance

To remain living in their own homes is a wish shared by 90% of elderly people in France. However, figures show that 81% of falls occur at home.
To protect themselves, vulnerable people are equipped with remote assistance call buttons. When they have a problem, they rely on this call button to be put in touch with an assistance platform and for help to come.
There are also non-wearable solutions, such as Otono-me Home, which complement the call button. These come in the form of sensors installed in the elderly person’s home, such as motion sensors and door sensors, to enhance protection of the individual.

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Otono-me innovative remote assistance: the solution for vulnerable or elderly people living at home

The French population is continuing to age. INSEE (the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) revealed that by 2050, one person in three will be over 60 [1]. The people who will reach the age of 60 by 2050 are all already born. Longer life expectancies will only continue to increase in the years to come.

The existing solution for providing safety for elderly people at home is remote assistance with a call button. It means that they will receive assistance if they suffer a fall or are taken ill, for example. Unfortunately, elderly people sometimes refuse to wear their call button or don’t activate it in the event of an accident.

Otono-me, the innovative remote assistance that finally offers a real answer for elderly people who are losing their independence

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FALLS IN SENIORS: WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS?

Hard, soft… there are so many qualifiers when it comes to talking about falls in the elderly depending on whether the person falls suddenly or slips against a wall or leans on a chair before falling.

Here are some figures that show the need to prevent these falls:

  •         They are the number one cause of death in elderly people
  •         20% require hospitalisation
  •         9% cause a fracture (mostly of the femur neck)
  •        40% of elderly people are referred to specialist institutions after a fall

These falls affect one in three seniors over the age of 65 each year.

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Digital and other new technology helping with ageing at home

New technology will contribute more and more to home support services for elderly or vulnerable people.

 

Here are 3 concrete examples of what it can bring.

The example of safety

The majority of families have heard of remote assistance devices with an emergency call button to be carried on one’s person, which can be pressed for rescue in the event of a problem.

These devices can now be supplemented by sensors, installed in the casing, that enable remote monitoring of activity.

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Three key figures showing that our ageing populations need Big Data

Our ageing population is a reality which must profoundly modify how our society functions, as shown by the following 3 key points:

1. Life expectancy will increase by 8 years globally:

big data population vieillissanteWe are going to live for longer than ever before in the history of humanity. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study in the United States predicts that life expectancy at birth will increase by 8 years by 2050 globally. In 2015, life expectancy was 68.6 years; it will increase to 76.2 years in 2050.

100% of European countries have ageing populations, a consequence of very low birth rates and increased life expectancy.

 

 

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