Se­cu­rity de­vice trial for lo­cal aged

Pinjarra Murray Times - - #SNAPPERTH -

THE City of Man­durah and Aus­tralian tech­nol­ogy firm AbiBird will host in­for­ma­tion ses­sions on the lo­cal trial of world-first Aus­tralian tech­nol­ogy to help older peo­ple live safely in their homes for longer.

AbiBird is an un­ob­tru­sive and wire­less ac­tiv­ity sen­sor that can be placed on a wall or shelf and uses dis­creet mo­tion sen­sor tech­nol­ogy to track “nor­mal” day and night ac­tiv­ity and is paired to a smart­phone via an app.

A quick glance at the AbiBird app al­lows peo­ple to know their loved ones are OK and alerts them when some­thing is wrong.

The trial is look­ing for 500 fam­i­lies in Man­durah and the greater Perth area to par­tic­i­pate in a free, three-month trial of AbiBird.

To par­tic­i­pate peo­ple must be 65 or older and liv­ing alone or with a part­ner, be will­ing to have one or two AbiBirds in­stalled in their home for a trial pe­riod be­tween Novem­ber and Jan­uary, have a fam­ily mem­ber, friend or carer who lives in a dif­fer­ent prop­erty and is will­ing to down­load and use the app on their smart­phone and be will­ing to com­plete a short anony­mous sur­vey af­ter 10 weeks.

The ses­sions are at Man­durah Se­niors and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Novem­ber 14 and 15 be­tween 2-3pm and 6-7pm.

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