Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with St Luke’s Eldercare (SLEC) in Singapore to co-develop and conceptualize innovative solutions for the elderly – to include a trial of what Nokia is billing as Asia’s first “fall prediction” video analytics application.
“Fall prediction” here means determining the likelihood of an elderly person falling down. The solution in question leverages Nokia Bell Labs’ proprietary video analytics technology to create an unobtrusive, continuous and personalized monitoring system that analyzes information about walking speed, gait width and step width, and predict and send an alert when there is an increased risk of the person falling.
This application will be integrated into Nokia’s IMPACT IoT Platform in the next phase, to allow the caregiver to view and collect information from the solution and other sensors that the elder is using.
A joint study on eldercare IoT innovation, developed by Nokia and the Eden Strategy Institute, revealed that one-in-three elderly Singaporeans is likely to experience a fall once a year, with resulting injuries contributing at least S$1 billion ($745 million) to total healthcare costs.
Being an aged-care service provider with an extensive network of senior care centres around Singapore, SLEC’s role is to provide guidance and feedback on the software development process.
“We hope that by trialing this solution with Nokia, it will enable significant improvements on fall risk prediction, early intervention, and care provision before seniors suffer an injury,” said Dr. Kenny Tan, CEO of SLEC.
“By empowering the elderly to live independently through personalized and predictive solutions, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience, accelerating a digital future and reimagining healthcare in Asia,” said Danial Mausoof, head of Strategic Marketing, Asia Pacific & Japan for Nokia.
According to UNESCAP, the Asia-Pacific region is currently home to about 60% of the world’s population of older persons (age 60 and older). The number of older persons in the region is expected to more than double from 547 million in 2016 to nearly 1.3 billion by 2050.