By Anuradha Shukla
July 28, 2016
Dell, Intel and the IoT City Innovation Center (ICIC) have joined hands to improve the quality of care towards the locale's ageing population in Thailand.
The Saensuk Municipality has a population of about 46,000 registered local residents, out of which 15 percent are ageing citizens.
The local government recognizes this fact and the need to provide more efficient care for the elderly. Most of these elderly citizens are living at home alone during the day with minimal supervision or in nursing facilities.
The pilot project aims to monitor the patients and provides insights to help the government optimise nursing resources and operate healthcare services more efficiently.
"Access to patients' medical history and real-time data has allowed local medical practitioners to identify specific emergencies and discern the type of medical response needed for urgent cases," said Erwin Meyer, general manager, Asia-Pacific South, OEM Solutions, Dell. "This has helped the local nursing services to resolve the challenge of limited human resource while still being able to meet the demands for the right support more swiftly and efficiently when an emergency occurs."
Leveraging IoT applications
Internet of Things ( IoT) applications will be leveraged for health monitoring, emergency notification, environment sensing, home monitoring, and tracking for safety. This initiative will target more than 140 households with elderly members.
The Saensuk Smart City project was launched in 2014 and is the first of its kind to be implemented in Thailand.
This three-year pilot by the municipality aims to provide smart facilities for both residents and tourists.
Once the pilot phase is completed, the solution can also be deployed for other smart city applications, such as streamlining public safety and maintenance activities, to make Saensuk a very attractive tourist destination.
"Saensuk Smart City will rely on advanced technologies to make residents' lives better and improve the tourist experience for visitors to the city. We chose to work with Dell and Intel on our proofs-of-concept at this crucial initial stage as both have established smart city credentials, having created highly reliable, large-scale Internet of Things projects in other cities across Asia Pacific," said Narongchai Khunpluem, mayor of the Saensuk Municipality.