Plus Dane Housing has selected Appello to provide its first digital telecare solutions for residents. Appello will supply digital monitoring services to all 13 of the housing provider’s residential and extra-care schemes and will begin installing its digital telecare infrastructure and Smart Living Solutions suite into eight sites, replacing Plus Dane’s existing analogue systems.
From a wall-mounted tablet, Appello’s Smart Living Solutions offer room-to-room video calling, video door-entry and faster call-connection times. It can also act as a wireless hotspot so that residents can access the internet without needing a contract with a broadband provider. This also opens up the opportunity for Plus Dane to implement IoT-enabled solutions such as smart sensors and voice-activated systems to control lights, curtains and heating.
Chris Birch, older person’s technology lead, Plus Dane Housing, said, “It’s important that our residents benefit from up-to-date technology. As part of our ongoing digital strategy, we know that wi-fi access is important and that video-enabled solutions can reduce social isolation.
“We chose Appello because of the digital changeover taking place for telecare and the resident safety issues associated with this because the networks will no longer support older analogue technologies. As one of the only telecare providers who can offer an end-to-end digital solution, Appello is clearly the right supplier for us.”