Description of the deployment site

Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire, England. Leeds is a friendly city with a diversity of people. It has excellent shopping and nightlife in the city centre, and is an easy entry point to some of England’s fantastic national parks and beautiful Yorkshire coastline.

Leeds is a World Health Organisation Age Friendly City and member of the UK Network of Age Friendly cities.

It is second largest local authority in England and has a welcoming view towards innovation across the system, plus a strong record of joint working with the NHS (National Health Service). It has around 120,000 people aged 65 and over, estimated to rise to 153,000 by 2030. It is estimated that around 15% or 37,000 older people can be described as lonely or socially isolated and in 2013, 31,668 people in Leeds aged 65 and above were predicted to have fallen. This is projected to rise to 35,042 by 2020. The Leeds City council aims to make Leeds, the best city to grow old in.

The 2 fundamental umbrella use case for Leeds DS are:

  • Independent living support
  • Personal health and symptoms monitoring

To realise these use cases, Leeds DS will deploy energy monitoring equipment along with home sensors (door open/close, temperature, moisture etc.) and smart multifunctional wearables (Smart watches). It will provide services around fall detection, emergency triggers, remote monitoring of vital health stats and non-intrusive behaviour/anomaly detection system to help give confidence for people to sustain their lives in their homes for longer. The DS will further demonstrate reduction in social isolation through connections via technology and early intervention.

The DS will use existing services and technologies along with service providers to demonstrate new infrastructure created on top of these.

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The Reference Use Cases piloted in LEEDS DS:

Daily activity monitoring at home: Monitoring of Activities of Daily Living (ADL), basic and instrumental, for informal carers support, for formal carers follow up and self-management. Emergency Triggers: Detect mono or multidimensional patterns or specific events combinations requiring external immediate attention. Emergency is regulated by standards, and very specific needs arouse, also in ethical and legal terms Reduction in Social Isolation.

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