Monitoring elderly people with sensors and Kwido in Zamora. 300 families in a rural environment.
Kwido in Zamora: Kwido can announce that one of the most important projects for monitoring elderly people at home using sensors has been launched at an international level.
What does the project consist of?
And it has been carried out by the Zamora Provincial Council in Spain, a pioneer and benchmark in innovation in the Silver Economy sector for many years.
YAnd all this thanks to figures such as Ana Sánchez Iglesias Head of Service in Entrepreneurship and European Funds of Zamora Provincial Council and Zamora Provincial Council began to design a project months ago where two axes could be united:
- The accompaniment of elderly people living alone in their rural environment.
- Increasing security so that these people can stay in their homes for as long as possible.
To this end, a “Silver Caregivers” programme was defined.
After a small pilot project, it was decided to implement a system for monitoring elderly people in their homes in 17 municipalities in the province.
In addition, a caregiver has been hired in each of these towns who not only watches over the technology that monitors these people, but also accompanies them and helps them in their daily tasks.
In this project, in addition to the accompaniment and proximity of caregivers in their municipalities, technology plays a fundamental role.
To this end, the Zamora Provincial Council, through Amparo Enríquez, Silver Resources Intervention and Coordination Technician, contacted Kwido to incorporate its Kwido Home solution into the project.
The challenge in this project was significant, as we are talking about:
- Deploying the system in almost 300 homes in rural municipalities, with poor connectivity and sometimes remoteness between them.
- To train and offer simple and accessible technology to all the people involved.
- And to do so in a very short time.
And of course, from a technical point of view, it was necessary:
- A scalable platform that could cope with the incorporation of a large number of users.
- Systems that are very easy to install, configure and maintain.
- Minimise the number of devices to be installed in each home.
- Low-intrusive system, where users do not have to carry anything with them.
- A very cost-effective platform, to be able to reach many homes with a low investment per home.
- A customisable system, allowing the type of sensors to be chosen (movement, vibration) and the places and objects to be monitored in each case, according to the routines of each person.
- It could be used in homes where more than one person lives or where animals are present.
- Solve possible connectivity problems in each home and municipality.
- Offer an App for caregivers and relatives to know the daily activity, and if it fits in with the usual routines.
- Using Artificial Intelligence to detect important changes in people’s behaviour.
Kwido solution in Zamora
To do this, Kwido offers a sensor agnostic system, as it can use different approaches:
- IoT connectivity systems that report directly to a repeater placed in a central area of the municipality.
- Systems with their own Gateway in the home for those houses that are further away without any other connection possibility.
In this way, Kwido Home allows you to concentrate on finding the most appropriate solution for each case, without the need for the hardware to condition the success of the project.
Zamora has been working in the Silver Economy sector for years now, and proof of this is the fact that so far it has already held 4 international congresses which have been attended by top level international speakers and attendees.
It is therefore an honour for us that they have chosen Kwido as their supplier for a project of this importance.
Kwido on Radio Zamora
And all this has been captured in a Cadena Ser radio programme in Coreses, one of the municipalities in Zamora where the system has been implemented.
For almost 2 hours, we were able to hear the testimony of users, carers, mayors who participate and the Zamora Provincial Council itself, the driving force behind the project.
And of course, our testimony, as developers of the technology that is being used in this pioneering project at international level.
You can listen to the special programme by clicking on these two links.
Many thanks to the Zamora Provincial Council for the trust placed in us and to Cadena Ser Radio for the broadcast.