Products installed - Safety
UCam247 Outdoor Wifi IP CameraThe UCam247 is an outdoor wireless camera which we have installed at the front door of each tenant. The feed can be accessed live from the tablet we have also provided tenants with, allowing them to see who is at their front door at any hour thanks to the camera’s night vision. It also has a built-in microphone and can take pictures of whomever calls.
Our research showed that our tenants are affected by mobility-based disabilities that impact their feelings of safety and security. Our aim in piloting the UCam247 was to provide tenants with a way of seeing who was at their door from anywhere in their home. They can then choose whether to answer the door or not.
Stove GuardsThe Stove Guard automatically turns the stove off in case it is accidentally left on or the user has forgotten an item on the hob. This will help prevent fires. Conveniently, the stove guard does not react for usual cooking activities but only on potentially dangerous use. Furthermore, the chosen stove guards are both capable of communicating with other more holistic systems.
Innhome Stove Guard Kit SGK500-3CCWe chose this stove guard because it is wireless and very discreet; a user cannot see any cables coming from the stove guard, which some users prefer over a wired solution.
Furthermore, this product is already well established in Scandinavia, where stove guards are mandatory in the rental dwellings of many countries.
Geocare®GEOCARE® is a mobile person-locating system with an emergency call button. It can also raise an alarm if the user leaves a defined zone.
Leaving the home and subsequently feeling helpless in an emergency was a key area of concern that we discovered during our research with tenants. We chose GEOCARE because it may allow our tenants to leave the home confident that they have the ability to raise an emergency alarm should the need arise and family needs to locate them. By using a GPS system, this emergency call can be used outside of the home and not just within the dwelling.
Furthermore, families feel less worried about their elderly relatives when they are going out. Especially when the relative tends to get lost or is easily confused, they can be automatically notified once he leaves his usual area.
Vivago Watch - Emergency CallsThe Vivago watch can make an automatic emergency call in case of loss of consciousness, hypothermia or a fall.
In addition to manual and automatic alarms from the watch, it is possible to monitor the sleep and activity of the user and use this information to prevent potential problems before they occur.
Furthermore, the watch detects if it is not being worn by the user and can raise an alarm if it is not.
In previous research, our tenants stated they fear being helpless in an emergency, so we will try to mitigate these fears by testing the Vivago watch. Additionally, provided together with care services, the watch can be connected to a medical call centre to offer permanent peace of mind to the individual and their family.
We chose stove guards because they are supposed to increase safety in the tenants' homes. Family and caring staff in particular state that elderly relatives will quite often forget to turn the stove off after cooking or will leave it unattended whilst doing other activities. Hence, they would feel safer if the stove could be turned off automatically before it is too late.
Safera Siro R Stove GuardWe chose this stove guard because it works without a battery which might reduce maintenance. Furthermore, this stove guard is supposed to have the most advanced intelligent technology on the market using various kinds of sensors to determine the danger. In this way, false alarms should be reduced and the stove guard should be more effective.
Salveo - Fall alertSalveo is a suite of motion sensors designed to detect and analyse a resident’s movements without the use of a worn sensor. If a user falls, it should detect this fall and alert a designated contact person without an emergency alarm being triggered. Collected data can also be used to analyse other potential risks, such as not rising from bed, infrequent toilet use, or irregular sleeping patterns.
When asked, most tenants indicated that they did not wear their emergency pendants either because they forget or because they do not feel they would be useful were they to suffer a catastrophic fall. A fall detection system that does not require any user input would therefore be very useful to most of our tenants.