Samsung and start-up Mybitat develop system to monitor elderly in their homes
May 12, 2015
Samsung Electronics and Israeli IoT startup Mybitat (an AGT Group company) have plans for joint development of an innovative smart home system aimed at helping the elderly remain in their own homes longer and enhancing individual quality of life.
Mybitat will partner Samsung's Strategy & Innovation Center (SSIC) based in Silicon Valley to develop technology that combines sensors, cloud-based software and behaviour analytics to monitor an individual's daily routine and wellness. The goal is to allow elderly individuals greater flexibility in determining their living environment.
Using Mybitat data fusion and big data analytics, along with sensors and IoT Intelligence algorithms developed by Korean-based Samsung, the jointly developed system will recognise changes in behaviour or health and alert remote caregivers if assistance is required. The companies plan to deliver technology that can improve an individual's quality of life as they age by allowing them to live at home securely and more independently. It is aimed at easily transforming a home habitat and tailoring it for aging baby boomers or their independent parents. Additional detail on the technology is not being made public at this time.
"Samsung believes the senior population can benefit from new technologies to improve their quality of life," said Curtis Sasaki, vice president for ecosystem development at SSIC. "Our work with Mybitat has the potential to make key elements of the aging process significantly easier on individuals and families."
More than 10,000 baby boomers retire every day in the USA. As many as 90 per cent of them wish to remain at home,maintaining independence without burdening family or depending on retirement homecare providers. The two companies will initially test their smart home system in the US market.
"We believe current systems for managing aging require significant improvement," said Mati Kochavi, Mybitat founder. "We want to redefine these systems and offer affordable options that open up new possibilities for aging individuals. This collaboration with the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center will help us to accelerate the day when more seniors can live their lives with improved health in familiar, comfortable surroundings."
SSIC is a global organisation within Samsung's device division focused on identifying and nurturing new technologies in health and wellness, cloud and data storage infrastructure, IoT, augmented reality and other, related areas. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in Korea, Israel and the UK, SSIC's mission is to develop and accelerate technologies through open innovation working in collaboration with entrepreneurs and strategic partners to enhance people's lives.