Panasonic and Fujitsu Begin Joint Testing of an In-Home Monitoring Service for the Elderly
Panasonic and Fujitsu will commence a joint operational trial of an in-home monitoring service for the elderly that integrates Panasonic’s cloud-service air conditioners and Fujitsu’s non-contact life-sign sensors in Japan. In this operational trial, cloud-service air conditioners are used to detect living-space information, such as temperature and humidity, while non-contact life-sign sensors are used to detect lifestyle information about occupants, such as their sleeping condition and whether they are at home.
This real-time information on living spaces and occupants will be collected by Panasonic’s monitoring system and provided to caregivers, with the goal of realizing alert notifications (such as about dangerously high temperatures when in a room, frequent instances of awakening during sleep, etc.) that are customized for each person’s living patterns. The trial, to be conducted at Age Free House Toyonaka Shonaisakaemachi, a serviced senior residence operated by the Panasonic Group, begins in June 2015, and will run for one year. After ascertaining the effectiveness of this service at Age Free House Toyonaka Shonaisakaemachi, Panasonic and Fujitsu plan to offer in-home services for the elderly starting in fiscal 2016.