Universal Credit IT is getting nowhere, expensively. At least that seems in line with the opinions of the Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee.
“Despite the millions being spent on the end-state IT solution it is still not clear when the system will be ready or even how it will work. It is still not ready for testing on the first 100 claimants, and we have no indication of when it will be possible to test it on a bigger and more representative group of claimants.”
It it 3 years since Quarkside prophesised doom. It hasn’t quite reached that point, but how close to doom is it? The Committee Chair said:
“The money wasted on Universal Credit so far – £40 million on IT software that now has no use and £90 million on software with a useful life of only 5 years – is a matter of deep regret.”
Perhaps the Grim Reaper should dust his (or her) spectacles and deal a death blow before the tax payers’ regrets increase.
Fire, Police, Ambulance, Army and any emergency service can get a real-time movie map of a disaster area. Remember the floods of 2014. Who knew what was happening where? Were local communities upset when the emergency seemed slow to respond? This isn’t a complaint, it is an offer to help.
After a National infrastructure of Kemuri sensors are installed in the homes of vulnerable people living alone, the data could be used to show a minute by minute map of power outage, humidity, temperature and movement. It would not need any public or emergency service input. A moving picture would make good TV, too. We could imagine the speed and spread of a flood as power fails, humidity rises, temperature falls and people are moving around their kitchens at 3am.
As an example of how it might look, here is a video of minute by minute activity in an area the size of the Isle of Wight. A day’s data in 30 seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDB5Nt-3h_8. It is big data in action. Kemuri plans to use this technology.
The Kemuri infrastructure could provide information to a COBRA committee. The network, given sufficient resilience, could become part of the Critical National Infrastructure. The beauty is that the sensors will already deployed for a different function for families and carers; the emergency services may choose to add sensors at key locations and pay £400 per year for the privilege.
All Kemuri needs is some funding to kick-start the development of production quality sensors and shared national infrastructure.
Kemuri entered a hackathon “to develop prototypes that can support communities to be resilient to and adapt to environmental crises and change.” with £5000 first prize. The event was cancelled; apparently there weren’t enough competitors. Are we that short of innovators in the UK?
Via the Public Service Launchpad, Quarkside has identified a blog promoting the understanding of the social issues surrounding our ageing population. Claire Ritchie is worth following if you are interested.