With technology, we can live smartly: e.g. to remote-control some household appliances; to save energy; or to be alerted if granny has a fall at home. The commercial applications are now in the market. But do they meet the needs of our residents? Are they convenient to use? Are they simple to use?
To answer these many questions, we need to put the gadgets and solutions to the test. Punggol Northshore saw the launch of the first batch of Smart-enabled flats in May. We offered 1,400 flats and received 5,000 applications.
In parallel, we are testing Smart solutions in existing estates. Yuhua estate will be the first to go smart. It will be a living lab for us to refine the smart solutions to improve residents’ lives. For a start, ten households will be selected to try out the solutions that will help families care for their elderly members, and save energy and water. Using mobile apps, residents will be able to monitor their household’s energy and water usage on-the-go, and get suggestions on how to cut back on utility usage. Caregivers can also be notified should their loved ones meet with a mishap.
The potential applications are vast. It is thus important that we take the first step to study the necessary infrastructure needed in our future flats, so that we can maximise their potential. The Yuhua pilot will allow us to decide on how to extend these Smart solutions elsewhere, to more residents in more estates.
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