Innovative application of Amazon Echo enables independent living

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An innovative integration of a smart speaker and an at-home alarm unit is enabling independent living for people living with limited mobility.

Wigan Council and Tynetec have produced a solution to combine a Tynetec Reach Plus GSM at-home alarm unit with the Amazon Echo in order to support the needs of immobile residents through verbal communication.

With the integration in place users would activate the Alexa Voice Service on the Amazon Echo to call for help, which prompts Alexa to send a text message to the Reach Plus GSM, instructing the unit to dial an alarm receiving centre.

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The Reach GSM is Tynetec’s at-home alarm unit for communication over mobile networks, which negates the requirement of a fixed telephone line and enables the monitoring of daily activities.

It was also announced in September that Hampshire County Council has teamed up with a telehealthcare provider to turn Amazon’s Echo technology into a homecare aid which helps elderly or disabled people to live more independently.

Argenti Telehealthcare and the council are trialling a customised version of the Echo device to help support people to live independently in their own homes for longer, and reduce social isolation in the elderly.

Earlier this year, AMP reported on a new homecare app which has been specifically designed for Amazon Echo. Moves like this are increasingly common and show how technology is playing a growing role in homecare. It also demonstrates that retail giants like Amazon are spying more opportunities in the health and independent living market.

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