• Smart home technology ‘MiiHome’ trials to keep elderly safe

    Technology normally fond in games consoles is being trialed in Salford in an effort to help provide more care for elderly people in their own homes.

    Social housing provider Salix Homes, along with the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, University of Salford, has started trials of ‘MiiHome,’ in a bid to help elderly people who are frail and suffer from memory difficulties continue living independent lives by monitoring their well-being through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

    MiiHome uses sensors normally associated with the Xbox video games console and Kinect technology to collect data which is then studied to check on any changes in behaviour.

    “As the leading University in the development of robotics and AI in the north of England, we are very keen to apply our expertise to healthcare,” commented Samia Nefti-Meziani, professor of AI at the University of Salford.

    “Our focus is on developing software which uses these sensors to understand changes in people’s behaviour and how those changes impact their health.”

    Jonathan Drake, service director for business development at sail Homes said: “Salix Homes is very proud to be involved in this pioneering research project, which we hope will help elderly people live safely in their homes for longer and reduce the pressures on the NHS and other care services.

    “By utilising mainstream technology, we hope this will provide a realistic and affordable solution to tackling one of the most critical health and social care issues of our time.”

    Over 100 homes across Salford are planned to be fitted with MiiHome by the end of 2018 as the research continues.

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