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The development of new approaches for care is complex and often disappointing. The step from the laboratory to reality is a big step. There is a need for a living lab setting in which technologies can be discussed, developed, tested over a longer period, in a real-life setting where clients, care professionals and technology developers can meet and work together. Wshen this setting is hared among Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) it will also facilitate collaboration.
This project aims to develop, in collaboration with housing providers, residential care providers and technology specialists, several demonstration ‘connected care homes’ in the providers’ properties. These will contain mature IoT smart home technology for monitoring and control integrated into the provider’s existing infrastructures. Each facility will be jointly ‘managed’ by the housing provider in question and the HEIs involved in the project.
This ability to develop, trial and install new technologies in a real-life setting will provide the opportunity to act as an exemplar ‘showroom’ and this valuable practical experience will help shape sector guidelines for further deployment.
Professor Luc De Witte, Health and Wellbeing theme lead, the University of Sheffield
In addition the project will work collaboratively with a number of residential care and technology providers.