Super-quick pitch: Make sure your mom is OK without her having to wear or do anything.
Elevator Pitch: any adult whose aging parent lives alone worries a lot about them. Are they eating, sleeping, taking their meds (changes in these behaviors are often a warning sign of a health problem)? Living Independently installs a series of motion detectors which record activity throughout the house/apartment. A base station dials in to a host system every 2 hours to upload the collected data. These can be reviewed by the child (or other designated Care-Giver-s) to highlight the need to check in. If there's a higher-priority concern, like she hasn't gotten out of bed by 10am, or has been in the bathroom for 2 hours (most in-house falls take place in the bathroom), you'll get an email/page (later: ADT would call her, then call family and/or ambulance). (The service is currently called 'QuietCare'.)
- keywords: senior citizen, eldercare, stay at home, live alone, avoid nursing home, prevent emergency room visits
- name variants, Living Independently, 'Living Independently', QuietCare, 'QuietCare'
- For people worried about a senior loved-one who lives alone...
- Who is afraid that talking on the phone or even visiting doesn't give them an accurate picture of that loved-one's health...
- We offer a non-intrusive service that monitors their movement around the house
- In a way that catches changes in behavior that could be the sign of an impending change in their health that could result in them being hospitalized or needing to move into a nursing home.
- Unlike emergency response pendants...
- Our system prevents emergencies by catching early warning signs of changes in health. (And requires no behavior changes from the senior, so there's nothing to argue about.)
Some technical info/projects:
- back-end system is all built on Open Source - LinuxOS, PostgreSQL, Apache, Python (batch data analysis), Zope/PHP (eventually the PHP and then the Zope got replaced with CherryPy).
- Time Zone/DST handling for potentially global client base
- re-architect to use task scheduler Metaphor to improve scalability/timeliness/consistency of analytics
- account management interface customized to user role (family Care-Giver vs institutional caregiver vs admin staff, etc.)
- status/alert distribution via SMTP, SMS, and custom UDP interface (no downstream-partners ready for Web Services)
Some stages of development
- used X10 sensors (horrible)
- switched to XanBoo Sensors http://www.xanboo.com/ Continued to use custom-fab base-station that was forked from an email appliance (so it would dial-up every 2hrs to upload raw sensor events).
- sold direct-to-customer driven by PR, having buyer (adult-child) do installation (and having alerts sent by email-to-SMS to buyer's cellphone).
- partnered with ADT, who would (a) do installations, and (b) call phone-chain of caregivers when receiving alert, and (c) advertise/sell. Outcome: they spent very little on advertising, failed to sell, and the installers they used (who otherwise installed panic-buttons, not security systems) were largely untrainable.
- focused on selling to ALFs in Enterprise model. Doing installations ourselves (flying around the country to do a building). Sending alerts as email/SMS to staff phones. Built alert-response dashboard UI.
- tried doing retail sales ourselves with grey-hat SEO Lead-Gen driving phone-based close. Failed to get leads, failed to close the leads we got.
- got bought by GE Healthcare.
- finished development of Zigbee-based system (reduced sensor-signal collisions in ALF environment, used per-floor COTS linux box with broadband connection as replacement for email-appliance to avoid dial-up hassles)