M1 launches home monitoring service targeted at the elderly

M1 plans to expand the service to include other sensors, such as wearable fall sensors, smoke, gas and temperature sensors.
M1 plans to expand the service to include other sensors, such as wearable fall sensors, smoke, gas and temperature sensors.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - M1 will be launching a Smart Activity Monitoring service to help caregivers keep track of their elderly wards.

The telco will install one motion sensor or door sensor and a panic button in customers' homes for a one-time fee of $214. There will be a subscription fee of $14.66 per month for the service, and additional sensors can be purchased at $103.80 each.

For example, a sensor on the main door can be used to track when a patient with dementia is leaving the house, and a motion sensor that detects excessive visits to the toilet could point to possible urinary incontinence. Caregivers can choose to receive alerts via SMS when the main door has been opened, or when there is inactivity for an extended period of time. They can also access the information in real-time on a website, optimised for mobile phone access.

M1 developed this system in partnership with Anjels, a local home and office automated monitoring company.

Such systems have several advantages over home monitoring cameras. Aside from being able to alert caregivers to unusual behaviour, they are also less intrusive than cameras.

Mr P. Subramaniam, chief marketing officer of M1, said: "We recognise many of our pioneers want to continue to live independently in their own homes, with dignity and privacy, and the M1 Smart Activity Monitoring Service was developed to support this desire."

M1 fibre subscribers can sign up for the service at the IT Show, which will take place at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre from tomorrow to Sunday. Subsequently,customers can sign up at any M1 outlet.

The telco has plans to eventually expand the service to include other sensors, such as wearable fall sensors, as well as smoke, gas and temperature sensors.

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