Smart home technology is helping people to live independently for longer.
Naidex is the first specialist health care show to include the Howz Smart Home Monitoring system, which was created by a physiotherapist in response to patient needs.
The kit, available at Stand N1221 at a special show price of just £99*, has been developed by Howz with EDF Energy and is being trialled within the NHS.
Howz learns routines within the home and spots changes early. It provides invaluable reassurance that activity is happening as expected, thanks to its easy-to-install and non-intrusive sensors, and sends an alert if changes are detected – either sudden changes or more gradual differences in routine over a period of time.
Co-founder Louise Rogerson became passionate about empowering and supporting older people, or those with additional needs, from her 18 years of work in the NHS.
She said: “The kit is easy to set up and collects data to build up a picture of the typical routines that go on in the home, so it can let the user know when something is out of the ordinary.
“It can reassure you that an elderly relative is up and about and has had their morning cup of tea, or give you invaluable insight if someone you care for is having more disturbed nights, or is starting to leave home less often. Early awareness to changes of routine can make all the difference.”
Although many Howz users share their data with friends or relatives, others use the system for personal insight, or to gain good quality information to share with their doctor or medical team.
Simon Brodie, 61, was diagnosed with MS just over three years ago and wanted to see if the Howz system could provide him with meaningful and relevant information to help manage his condition.
Simon said: “I’ve been able to share my data with my uro-neurology team, who have now given me a particular course of specialist treatment. The knowledge Howz provides me with allows me to feel more in control of my MS, which is really important. I am more in command with that knowledge.”
Howz has been working closely with EDF Energy’s innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, since winning the company’s start-up challenge in 2016. The energy company tested the original Howz home monitoring system with 200 of its elderly customers and helped further develop the product ahead of its launch.
Jean-Benoit Ritz, Director of Innovation and Blue Lab at EDF Energy, said: “EDF Energy is committed to developing services for our customers that make life easier. We are delighted to partner with Howz and to offer a smart home solution that supports independent living.”
*Howz is available at Naidex for a special show price of just £99, plus £9 per month subscription. You can find out more about the award-winning system at www.howz.com.