Watching over seniors with motion sensors

SINGAPORE- The elderly staying alone in Bukit Timah are being watched over, literally, with the launch of a new system that can monitor their movements at home and detect any anomalies.

The wireless motion tracking system, developed by technology firm Anjels, will alert volunteers and family members to any prolonged inactivity in the homes of seniors using sensors installed.

It can analyse patterns of behaviour such as watching television and sleeping for a period of time, and detect anything unusual.

A team of people recruited by Anjels will also be on 24-hour standby, to go to the homes if any alarm is triggered.

The project was launched by the Bukit Timah Citizens' Consulative Committee on Friday, together with its partners St Luke's Eldercare, Anjels and its sponsor Cogent Holdings, which donated $255,000.

About 100 households in Bukit Timah will benefit from this initiative.

Minister of State for Education and Communications and Information Sim Ann, who is grassroots advisor for the Bukit Timah division, said this is a ground-up effort among different organisations to address the growing trend of elderly people living alone.

The difference about this initiative from other tracking devices is that there is human intervention, and stakeholders are prepared to "set up and maintain a network of personnel and volunteers" to look after the seniors, she said.

"You can live alone, but you don't have to be helpless," she added.

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