Australia’s population is aging
In Australia, there are 3.7 million people aged over 65, and this number is steadily increasing. Due to our high level of medical care, we are a nation that is living longer and healthier lives. But as we age, the risk of accidents, such as falls increases. One solution is supervised aged healthcare such as retirement villages, but most Australians wish to stay and live in their own homes for as long as possible.
To help keep Australians living in their own homes for longer, current existing options vary from having on site carers or security monitoring devices, which can be expensive, prohibitive, invasive and intrusive. Security pendants and medical alert bracelets, which are worn, can become cumbersome or forgotten, rendering them useless.
"Sofihub’s unobtrusive design can be likened to a smoke alarm. IoT sensors placed around the home allow Sofihub to passively learn a person’s regular routine. If a behavioural anomaly is detected, an alert can be raised to the occupant’s primary carer."
Ian Aitken – Managing Director – Sofihub
Sofihub is a smart device that promotes elder Australians living in their own homes for longer. Using multiple smart sensors, Sofihub is able to generate a unique and custom profile about the daily habits and routines of single occupant households. Similarly to how a smoke detector is a passive device, these sensors are non-invasive and collect low level data. Based on the data from these sensors targeted reminders and alerts can be generated. These alerts, can be sent to family and carers in case of known unexpected activity.
Rather than worn devices, Sofihub is entirely passive and collects information based on occupancy of rooms around the home. The Sofihub basestation contains a speaker to create a audio interface to talk to occupants in a friendly and non-invasive manner, providing reminders about medication and occasional occupancy based checks.
Sofihub has undertaken a number of studies and has been trialled in many homes in Geelong, Victoria, as well as being trialled by the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) for the benefits of the service to people suffering cognitive brain injuries.