IOT: Where do you start?

Filed under: Innovation — lenand @ 7:16 am

The Internet of Things now has so many players.  Companies trying to rise to the top in horizontal and vertical markets.  This Techcrunch article attempts to make sense of them.  Emerging industry has so many innovative start-ups, all seeking to become market leaders.  However, don’t be surprised if the oligopolies win in the end – by internal investment or purchase of smaller companies.

Where does anybody start if they want to develop an idea through proof of concept to a sustainable business?IOTMap

Apologies if this image blows the size of your browser screen.  It works OK on Opera with ‘fit to width’.  Otherwise look up the original Techcrunch article.



Ageing: Digital Half-Life Policy

Filed under: Innovation,People,Policy,Technology — lenand @ 7:53 am
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Digital technology will impact everybody in the second half of their lives.  The age from 50 to 100, for the vast majority of people, will be a decline of most faculties until death do them claim.  Now is the time to think of the technology implications and develop a policy for public debate.

Here’s a table that shows the decreasing personal digital needs of people over 50 and the increasing needs of their family, friends and service agencies.  There’s an shift from being active and independent to moribund and entirely dependent and others. There a wide range of intermediate states of health and vigour, and digital needs should be individually tailored for the best outcomes.

Digital half life - Needs

Digital half life – Needs

The active, social person with no major health problems has lots of choice with the faculties to manage digital technology with ease.  For many this can last into their nineties.  However, the vast majority steadily need more external support. They wish to live independently, and this becomes easier and more economical if they accept external monitoring services. Currently these are expensive, using old technology in the home.  There are gaps in the market for home monitoring services – some idea is given in the table below:

Digital half life - Gaps

Digital half life – Gaps

The Internet of Things will lead the revolution.  Low cost home networked sensors are critical to the way forward.  It also needs good communications to data centres and analytical software as part of an affordable infrastructure.  Automatic sensing of changes to normal behaviour are necessary, in addition to the commonplace detector alarms.  With intelligent investment, the UK could develop a World leading technology industry.


Ageing: House of Lords should know

Filed under: Technology — lenand @ 6:26 am
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A recent report from the House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change warns that the Government and our society are woefully underprepared for ageing.  During 2020–2030 they expect:

  •  51% more people aged 65 and over in England in 2030 compared to 2010
  •  101% more people aged 85 and over in England in 2030 compared to 2010
  •  10.7 million people in Great Britain can currently expect inadequate retirement incomes
  •  over 50% more people with three or more long-term conditions in England by 2018 compared to 2008
  •  over 80% more people aged 65 and over with dementia (moderate or severe cognitive impairment) in England and Wales by 2030 compared to 2010.

Among their many recommendations, these stand out as a message to everybody, before they, and their families, are too old to benefit.  People need to:

  • be more focused on prevention, early diagnosis, intervention, and managing long-term conditions to prevent degeneration, with much less use of acute hospitals
  • be centred on the individual person, with patients engaged in decisions about their care and supported to manage their own conditions in their own homes so that they can be prevented from deteriorating
  • have the home as the hub of care and support, including emotional, psychological and practical support for patients and caregivers
  • ensure older people only go into hospitals or care homes if essential, although they must have access to good specialist and diagnostic facilities to ensure early interventions for reversible conditions and prevent decline into chronic ill health.

Technology has a part to play – small in terms of overall costs – but a critical part of the Ageing Infrastructure.  Today, this is inadequate, fragmented and and inflexible.  This provides great opportunity for UK technology and the TSB is investing, such as the DALLAS programme. Innovation is key.

Another source of innovative ideas is coming from social media culture; informal meetings of people with ideas and energy.  Have a look at the Meetup network.  The Internet of Things has a very active group and Health 2.0 is looking at Dementia this week (there are spaces).


#IOT: Passive Path to Protection

Filed under: Technology — lenand @ 1:18 pm
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There’s a lively growth in the Internet of Things (IOT).  The prices are crashing down and manufacturers can see profit in the huge numbers of sensors that will be deployed.  The costs will be low enough for families to contemplate installation in the homes of elderly relatives.

Most old people prefer to stay at home in familiar surroundings.  But they are still at risk and unobtrusive monitoring is needed give reassurance.  What is a passive monitoring service worth? What might it cost annually?  Compared with spending £40k – £60k on full time care in a residential home, IOT monitoring has both financial and well-being benefits.  Everybody is a winner – plus the Health services, who will need fewer days of frail people in hospital.

IOT is part of the pathway to more years of safer life at home.telec

The ideas are simple – the implementation is complex and needs partnership.


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