Konekta2, intelligent sensorization of homes for the elderly
Fuenlabrada City Council
A virtual assistant for the elderly that is able to detect changes in movements and routines at home to alert in the event of an incident.
The program is aimed at elderly people with cognitive impairment who live alone. It is a pilot project for which 30 people have been selected, with the intention of being extended to other users once the pilot phase is completed.
Through sensors placed on doors, household appliances or corridors, changes in these can be detected. First, an analysis of each person’s routines is carried out to detect anomalies and check the elderly person’s condition. By this way, if a door is opened at dawn, or the front door is not opened all day (indicating that the person has not left the house), it can be detected and the people nearby can be alerted (every time there is a change, a message is sent to the next contact person). The tool has a voice-controlled virtual assistant, a sensor for opening the front door and the refrigerator, and motion sensors that can be placed in different areas of the house.
The assistant also alerts the emergency services in the event of an accident, since it works as a complement to the help button or tele-alarm that users have at home. In addition, users can call for help using only their voice.
The pilot project makes it possible to anticipate cases of risk, avoiding emergency situations thanks to preventive work. It is a tool that helps the elderly to spend more of their lives at home safely.
Living in one’s own home is a priority for many old people, but when living alone it becomes more difficult due to the risk of accidents and the lack of preventive tools. With the necessary tools, homes can be safe spaces for all elderly people.
That is why the City Council of Fuenlabrada has several support programs in the homes themselves for elderly people living alone, such as meals at home, home improvement aids and telecare. Among these programs is Konecta2, to prevent risk situations and allow an independent life, safe and with peace of mind for the person and family members.
Level of implementation
Two service satisfaction surveys have been carried out, one after installation and the other in the middle of the project. These surveys report that 90% of users and family members have expressed greater peace of mind. One out of every two people has received specific attention due to behavioral anomalies detected by the service.
The project intends to be extended in 2023 once the pilot phase has been completed.