This technology is non-intrusive and designed to support the safety and independence of residents.
There will be no cameras or audio surveillance within apartments. The rollout of the new technology includes the establishment of a support hub to monitor all sensors and communications devices.
This hub will be staffed around the clock to ensure rapid response when help is required.
Assistive technology devices include:
- Seizure mats on beds that will detect and communicate with the support hub if seizures occur during sleep.
- In-bed mats which sense and send an alert to the support hub when a person gets out of bed. The device self-cancels when they return to bed.
- Automatic lighting that switches on when a person gets out of bed, and remains on for a set period.
- Wireless pendants that can be worn on by people with disability to automatically send an alert in case of a fall, or can be activated by the user to send an alert in case of other emergencies.
- Emergency intercoms that allow a staff member in the support hub to talk to a person when an alert is triggered. Multiple intercoms will be installed around apartments wherever voice communication may be required.
- Networked smoke detectors in each unit that trigger an alert in the support hub. This is in addition to standard smoke detectors as legislated in apartments, corridors and common areas.
- Waterproof emergency buttons positioned next to the toilet and shower for use if an emergency arises while a person is in the bathroom.
All assistive technology devices and software applications are linked via the Internet.
This avoids the need for additional cabling in apartments, and permits flexible and cost-effective installation, relocation, maintenance and upgrading of assistive technologies.