Forever Living Homes: SME cohort joins the project’s Industry Day

We are delighted to have selected a cohort of 15 SMEs for our Forever Living Homes sponsored project with Places for People. The SMEs will be invited to join an Industry Day on the 10th March to pitch to our client, for an opportunity to showcase their residential housing solutions and explore ways to tackle the challenges around supporting the general needs of the residential housing sector. 

Over the past 2 months, the Connected places Catapult team has worked with the team at Places for People to:

  • Help to develop the Forever Living Homes vision by looking at opportunities to identify and mitigate changes leading to vulnerability at an earlier stage
  • Better understand the market opportunities created through Forever Living Homes, through conducting use case analysis in explored challenges such as accessibility, safety, access to care, loneliness and digital exclusion.
  • Create compelling outputs and identify engaging opportunities for the residential housing solutions, building momentum for further work on Forever Living Homes into FY21-22.

On the 10th of March we will be delivering our final milestone of an Industry Day, which will engage innovators to support onward development of the Forever Living Homes vision, and explore potential areas for intervention.

Our selected cohort are as follows:

  • Kemuri: A SaaS (Software as a Service) provider that uses subtle everyday IoT (Internet of Things) sensors to support Vulnerable Independent People (VIP’s) to remain in their own homes.
  • Kraydel: Kaydel’s Konnect system is designed for older adults to improve
  • social connectivity, and support independence, delivering peace of mind to family and carers.
  • MiiCare: An AI-based Assistive & Passive Technology for non-Invasive Elderly care, designed for elderly people who are not digitally connected.
  • SafeHouse: Safehouse developed assisted living sensors and associated Software as a Service (SaaS), to addresses the problem of loneliness and poor living environments.
  • Canary Care: Canary Care devlivers smart home monitoring services that provide wireless sensors monitor movement, temperature, light levels, door activity and visitor activity in the home.
  • Howz: An analytics system designed to detect change in routine with older people that works with a range of sensors in the home
  • Everon: A digital wireless care solution and associated sensors to monitor a person’s daily active living patterns and alert when something is abnormal.
  • LEVStone: Specialises in real-time, mission-critical, high-availability applications to help elderly people to maintain their wellbeing and independence, and to increase their connectedness with family, friends and carers.
  • Approach Medical: Approach Medical developed the Guardian Sentry Integrated Healthcare Platform, which is an IoT based patient monitoring system designed to provide data analysis and reporting to identify potential care delivery improvements.
  • Safe Steps Ltd: A digital falls risk assessment tool created for our ageing population, to keep people safe.
  • Dynamic Metrics: The solution Dynamic Metrics has deveoped helps individuals improve their gait, which will prevent trips and falls. 
  • Owlytics: Owlytics provides continuous personal monitoring with the predictive power of data analytics to assess vulnerable population with higher risks of fall and health deterioration.
  • Innovation Factory Ltd: provides remote sensors detect slip, trip and falling, events in elderly homes.
  • GoAmba: Amba provides digital care and wellbeing solution suited to the needs of older people who live alone, including passive sensors, a cloud based integration platform and alarm responses.
  • The Digital Line – The Digital Line has developed voice driven services and support system called MyHudson, which is focused on the elderly in residential care and those living alone

We are very excited to see how SMEs can integrate their solutions into this sector to support people who need to live safely and independently in their homes for longer, and help prevent negative impacts on their living standards.

About Places For People

Places for People’s mission is to build sustainable communities that are for everyone, whatever their background and whatever their needs.  Their portfolio comprises 209,000 homes, and are managing around 71,000 social and affordable rented homes.  The group also comprises 20 companies in affordable housing, development and construction, property management and retirement.  They are also providing Places for People Living Plus, which provides accommodation, support and care services throughout England for people with complex needs.

Places for People is developing an ambitious programme to enhance the quality of its assets, which also responds to wider trends such as environmental sustainability and the ageing society.  There are four key focus areas for Places for People’s future of housing innovation programme:

  • Climate change
  • Urbanisation, and the Internet of Things in communities
  • Digitisation in construction
  • Forever living homes.

With projects already established across the first three of these themes, Places for People is looking to conduct some initial thought leadership in the “Forever living homes” theme, building momentum going into FY2021-22 – this is where the Connected Places Catapult plays a role to help deliver some of these objectives.