Internet of Things Surrey Test bed

An innovative project to provide people with dementia more control over their health and wellbeing.
people-handling-assistive-technology-gadgets-399321.jpgLed by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust alongside a number of partners, the ‘Internet of Things’ test bed will show how the use of network enabled devices such as monitors, robotics and wearables will be able to provide better healthcare for older people in the comfort of their own homes. The project will involve approximately 700 people living with dementia, more than 10% of those on the dementia register
in Surrey.
Project partners include local clinical commissioning groups, KSS AHSN, the University of Surrey, Royal Holloway University, NHS commissioners, the Region of Southern Denmark, Public Intelligence (Denmark), Alzheimer’s Society and a number of third sector organisations.
The project will also involve up to 10 technology companies, including:
  • Sense. ly, whose virtual, personal assistant Molly is capable of providing tailor made medical advice using advanced AI and speech recognition.
  • Intelesant, whose product 'Howz' is able to learn a dementia sufferer’s routine and thus detect any deviations from the routine that may lead to dangers.
  • Healtrix, who will provide an ‘Internet of Things’ Integration Hub, as well as an alerting engine that raises real time alerts and a dashboard that allows for remote monitoring and analysis of data.
All information provided by these companies is gathered and processed at the University of Surrey. There the data is transformed in to a ‘common language’, detailing a range of results taken from the people using the service. The insights and alerts provided by the devices will then allow healthcare staff to deliver more responsive and effective services.
The project will see the creation of a ‘’Living Lab’’ at the University of Surrey, based at its 5G test centre.
Click here for further details or read the THIM brochure for professionals online.
On 14 September 2016, our Medical Director, Des Holden presented on behalf of KSS AHSN at the Sowerby eHealth Symposium. You can take a look at his slides here.
This project is part of the NHS Innovation Test Beds, a series of different projects that aim to modernise health care to benefit older patients and people with long-term health problems. It is funded by NHS England and Innovate UK.
Doctors are trialing new technology which they hope will help people with dementia to stay in their homes for longer.

BBC Breakfast news


On 11 July 2017 BBC Breakfast aired a short video of a participant in the Surrey Internet of Things test bed, demonstrating how the technologies can positively impact on people with dementia and their carers.