To meet the growing need of remote monitoring of the elderly at home, U.S.-based MivaTek has developed a homecare system that integrates sensor and video recording technologies for fall detection and medication adherence purposes.
MivaTek’s technology know-how has been applied in fire, flood and other disaster detection, as well as home security purposes like unlawful break-in. Sensors and cameras are used so that homeowners can keep an eye on their properties remotely.
The company waded into the homecare space as the demand for it grew. “Usually it’s those whose family members had accidents at home felt the need for our devices,” said Liber Liu, RoW Deputy GM of Mivatek. The number of seniors living at home by themselves is growing. Elderly care systems are even installed in some rental homes in Japan to attract market attention, Liu pointed out.
The company launched home8care at the beginning of this year in order to satiate the demand. The package includes a panic button, fall detector and sensors attached to drug containers to track a senior’s medicine intake. But what separates the home8care system apart is that there is also a camera to record accidents like a fall. The camera also features two-way talk so that the senior may talk to caretakers.
In the event of a fall, or when the user presses the panic button, signals from the sensor will be sent to MivaTek’s cloud, which will ask the camera to start recording instantaneously as well as sending alerts to caretakers’ smartphones. If the notification did not reach the caretaker successfully, it will be relayed to an emergency contact, and if this fails too, the system will leave a voice message. All these tasks are accomplished through cloud processing, Liu noted.
Besides detecting accidents at home, MivaTek also developed technologies that can be integrated into a smartphone to detect accidents outside the house. The smartphone app developed by the company has fall detection, panic button, geolocation and geofence capabilities.
As such, seniors can still make distress calls, and with geolocation, caretakers will be able to pinpoint a senior’s location and send help. With geofence, alerts will be sent to caretakers or family members when a senior enters or leaves a designated zone.