IoT Technology: Helping Enhance Safety and Independent Living for Seniors

According to the UN

As the population ages and life expectancies increase, innovations in IoT technology are allowing seniors to maintain their independence and safely stay in their homes longer. The ability to age comfortably is important to quality of life with

IoT technology is making this happen with sensors and devices to help both seniors and their caregivers monitor their homes, order groceries and improve home security. The longer seniors can live at home, the less stress and less cost on the public system. With real-time information provided by IoT technology, relatives are given increased visibility and peace of mind that their loved ones are safe.

One device already helping seniors function more independently is the smart watch. They monitor daily activities, send medication and other health alerts, track heart rate and movement and even prevent falls.

A Sigfox-ready smart watch, currently part of the Securitas Direct Spain

One of the key features of the Sigfox-ready smart watch is a fall-detection feature. As the population ages, falls are an increasingly common issue, but IoT technology can get immediate help for seniors should this happen. The Sigfox-ready watch is designed to automatically detect falls and pinpoint the exact location of the user via GPS. In case of accidents, the watch will send an alert via the

Another way IoT applications can enhance the safety of seniors is through real-time monitoring of deviations in routine. Sensors strategically placed throughout the home can monitor changes in behaviors. For example, sensors can learn a person’s living patterns including sleep schedule, bathroom usage, television watching, eating habits and other routines. Any deviations from these learned patterns can trigger alerts sent to caregivers and family members. For example, if sensors detect that the refrigerator has not been opened according to the senior’s routine, relatives and caregivers can check-in to make sure that they are eating.

There are many innovative IoT applications, from sensors to smart watches, that can protect the well-being of seniors. As the population ages and the number of people 65 and older increases, connected technology powered by IoT will continue to play a pivotal role in enhancing the safety of seniors and allowing them to live independently longer.