Session Type: Lecture (presentation followed by group discussion)
Hereward College is a residential and day college for young people with disabilities and additional needs based in Coventry. The College has a proven track record of using commercially available home automation technologies to create accessible living spaces for students with complex disabilities.
The initial assisted living project was intended to explore the hypothesis that environmental control functionality for a diverse and ever changing group of residents could be achieved by using less costly “off the shelf” technologies. Whilst this practice at first seemed to be a departure from the norm as far as the provision of environmental control functionality was concerned, it is today more widespread with examples of such an approach becoming more commonplace, especially in mainland Europe. Building on Hereward’s experiences using smart home technologies as an assisted living tool, this workshop will explore the potential for a commercial route to market with stakeholders from the smart home industry and the health and social care sectors.
The discussion will identify the key players in the development of a commercial offer, possible barriers to development (including education, training and workforce development), and a means of progressing. This discussion will aim to raise awareness of this paradigm amongst key stakeholders and identify issues arising from an increasing awareness in the smart home installer community that assisted living and consequently access to the “Purple Pound” represents an underdeveloped and hitherto untapped market. As such, the market here and in the US is developing in an unregulated and ad hoc manner.
Contact: Paul Doyle, Hereward College, Tile Hill, Coventry
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