We’ve covered various forms of GPS and monitoring systems for the elderly. But what about everyday life? You can’t be everywhere at once, and GPS is great for activity but poor if you need to know if someone went from the living room to the bedroom.
CloseBy has a solution that, while pricey, lets you monitor the movements of a loved one within their home, even as far as checking to see if they’ve opened the fridge or used the medicine cabinet. While this seems very Big Brother-ish, think about it this way. It’s not uncommon for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s to lose track of time and not take medication, or even eat regularly. This gives family members and care providers a way to check in without robbing someone of their independence. Pretty cool idea! Check out the press release after the break.
CLOSEBY NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW REMOTE MONITORING FOR CARE GIVING SOLUTION AT CES 2010
Real-time, secure monitoring of elderly and disabled loved ones allows them to stay in the comfort of their own homes; with e-mail and mobile text alerts sent to a care network of trusted friends and family.
LAS VEGAS, NV – January 7,
2010 – South Hall 1 Booth 21407Control4 Partner Pavilion – CloseBy Network, a subsidiary of Card Access Inc., unveiled its remote monitoring for care giving solution today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. CloseBy Network is a flexible technology solution built for the Control4® platform which allows secure, remote monitoring to keep loved ones in their homes longer. The CloseBy Network system allows invited family members and friends to keep an eye on elderly or disabled loved ones through real-time monitoring.
CloseBy Network uses a combination of sensors and software tied to a secure web application to allow families to choose what to monitor, how to receive the information, and who should be sent alerts. Depending on sensor location, they can receive alerts when their loved one leaves and returns, gets out of bed, opens the refrigerator or medicine cabinet, and if he is moving normally about the house. Members of the care network can also receive an alert if there is no activity within a specified time, or if their loved one uses the “Contact Me” button.
The CloseBy Network solution provides care givers insight into daily routines and establishes what a normal living pattern looks like, and then alerts them if anything changes.
·Easy to Use and Unobtrusive. It does not require the elderly loved one to learn anything new or change behavior.
·Flexible and Expandable. Built on the Control4 platform, CloseBy is expandable and customizable to individual care situations.
·Securely Monitored Only by Invited Caregivers. Through grouping, trusted caregivers control who is in the care network; they determine who sees information, what they see, and how they receive the information. The data is sent from the home to the Secure Web Server via a secure VPN link.
“We intend to help build the digital healthcare category for remote monitoring for care giving by offering flexible technology systems that lets people embrace their independence and lets their families know they are safe,” says Card Access CEO Kent Hansen. “With CloseBy Network, we’re able to offer a solution to enable caregivers and their families to enjoy a better quality of life on terms everyone can accept.”
Laurie Orlov, founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, has sized the market for technology to help seniors age in place to be $20 billion by 2020. “Home Safety and Security offerings like CloseBy Network’s are a key element of that market”, states Ms. Orlov.
CloseBy Network offers a preconfigured system that allows Control4 dealers to easily tap into this $20 billion market of 44 million family caregivers. The system provides a great return on the initial investment, as well as recurring revenue from monthly monitoring fees. Because it is built on the Control4 platform, it provides a great opportunity for further customization and add-on sales, such as automated lights, door locks and temperature control.
CloseBy Network provides comprehensive marketing support, technical and sales training, and customer support to its dealer network to help them successfully go to market and sell CloseBy Network.
CloseBy Network is available today with a North American MSRP of $2,799. For less than the cost of one month in an assisted living facility, CloseBy Network can be installed with monitoring capabilities, allowing loved ones to stay in the comfort of their own homes and giving family members peace of mind. For more information, visit www.closebynetwork.com
CloseBy Network is a subsidiary of Card Access. Inc. and provides technology solutions that allow elderly and disabled loved ones to age in the comfort of their own homes. By using an expandable and flexible foundation, the company enables users to customize the solution for every situation, using both CloseBy and third-party vendors. CloseBy Network utilizes both wired and wireless technology, making its products ideally suited for existing homes.