Photo credit: Sigfox

Photo credit: Sigfox

Chengdu High-Tech Industrial Development Zone commits investment of around €300M to deploy IoT solution for care of the elderly

The Chengdu High-Tech Industrial Development Zone has committed to an investment of around 300 million Euros to deploy an Internet-of-Things (IoT) solution for the care of the elderly in China’s 20 biggest cities, following a one-year, 1500-person trial, beginning in 2018 in the city of Chengdu. 

On January 9, French telecare company Senioradom and Sigfox signed a strategic agreement in the presence of both the French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping to begin their deployment in the Chinese market. Sigfox is the provider of the eponymous Low Powered Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology, enabling connectivity for IoT devices.

Senioradom and Sigfox have developed a telecare solution for senior citizens composed of sensors tracking different movements and detecting door opening, as well as an alert and geo-localisation necklace. Software driven by autolearning algorithms developed by Senioradom automatically learns the beneficiary’s behaviour and sends an alert in the event of abnormal behaviour.

For example, if a certain individual usually spends 15 min in the bathroom, including 5 min without moving, but on a certain day, he/ she spends 25 min there without moving, an alert will be sent.

The system can automatically detect any potential behavioural anomalies due to a fall, a person feeling faint or a deteriorating mental condition such as Alzheimer’s.

Senioradom’s solution has been deployed successfully in France for the past 3 years, together with Sigfox’s technology which allows the transmission of data at a very low cost and with minimum energy.

Senior citizens in China number over 200 million and their care poses a social challenge. A rural exodus of the younger, active population towards major cities and the low income of a large proportion of the elderly population, as well as a lack of adequate hospitals and doctors, has created a need to find affordable, rapidly-deployable solutions to tackle the issue. Such a smart IoT solution can help to better protect elderly populations by anticipating risks and acting faster in emergencies. This could lead to reduction in hospitalisation and medical costs, due to the prevention of dangerous situations.

“After a year of work with the French and Chinese authorities and our partner Sigfox, we are proud to see that French expertise can attract the interest of such a big nation, one that is taking a pragmatic, preventative approach to the issue of elderly dependence”, said Thierry Roussel, cofounder of Senioradom. “We also wish to thank the tireless work of the French Embassy in Beijing, the BPI, Business France and our Ministries, which have been involved throughout the negotiations. For Senioradom, which launched 5 years ago, this is a great recognition of our work and a perfect platform for our international development”.

Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox stated, “I am honoured to sign this agreement today, as it is the product of many months of hard work, both by our teams and those of our partner Senioradom. We are grateful to the French authorities for their support, without which this agreement would not have been possible.” 

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