Smarter Care in Bolzano

An end-to-end solution for monitoring and serving the elderly within their homes

The Challenge

With people living longer, thanks to improvements in health, diet and preventative care, the city of Bolzano was noticing some significant trends in the age-distribution of their population:

  • 1 in 5 of the population now over the age of 65.
  • 3 people over the age of 65 for every 2 under the age of 20.
  • For every 2 people who are about to enter the workforce, nearly 3 are leaving the workforce.

With these trends set to continue, adapting to them posed a number of economic, social and political challenges.

In particular, how to balance the increasing need to provide high quality health and social care with economic pressures such as the prospect of city & council budgets being fixed or reduced over the next 10 years?

In partnership with the city of Bolzano, The Safe Living project explored how to extend and improve these services without increasing costs, through:

  • Allowing the elderly to continue to live safely and for longer in their own homes.
  • Increasing care worker efficiency through the use of technology.

Next Generation Health & Social Care

By integrating a variety of technology and sensors, the homes of elderly residents in Bolzano were instrumented to automatically report a range of information. Including:

  • temperature
  • humidity
  • carbon monoxide levels
  • carbon dioxide levels
  • methane levels
  • smoke levels
  • electricity and water usage

A number of personal sensors were also used to provide information about motion, orientation and tele-health information (such as blood pressure and weight).

In addition, touch screens and other interfaces were used to provide information and to allow residents to request assistance.