Smartline has been awarded £4 million in funding to continue with its research project covering technology, housing and health in Cornwall.
Smartline is funded by the European Union and is a collaborative research and innovation project exploring the relationship between technology and the way people live in their homes and communities. It has been running since 2017 in Camborne, Illogan, Pool and Redruth. The Smartline partnership is led by the University of Exeter with Coastline Housing, Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Council and the South West Academic Health Science Network.
New funding has been granted from the European Regional Development Fund to expand Smartline’s work; with matched funding from its partners and an additional contribution from Cornwall Council of £200,000, the total value of the project tops £4 million.
Prof Karyn Morrissey, associate professor, University of Exeter, said, “We’ve been gathering data and insights from people and sensors in their homes for three years and I’m excited to translate that information into new ways of improving residents’ lives. This extension for a further three years means we can start to give back to the community after they have so generously participated in the research.”
Smartline also works with SMEs across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to develop innovative, technology-based products and services to meet the health and wellbeing needs of communities. During the first phase, over 170 enterprises were involved, with more expected to be involved up until January 2023.