What role will Connected Solutions play in meeting the needs of an ageing population?
Author: Tony O'Brien
Over the course of the 21st century, the world population is set to rise by 50 per cent and will reach around 11 billion by 2100. Over-population, urbanisation, pollution, and scarcity of resources are just some of the factors driving the smart city industry, which in 2020 is expected to be worth anything between US$400 billion and US$1.5 trillion (Deloitte).
Smart cities see the integration of information technology, town planning and innovative infrastructure capabilities, which allow residents to live healthier, more sustainable and fulfilling lives. This includes the application of smart energy, mobility, health, safety and security solutions.
Supporting multi-generational living
An early success in the pursuit of realising a people-focused smart city model is the birth of a new societal concept known as ‘multi-generational living’.
Recognising the world’s ageing population, innovative technologies and visionary town planning have combined to deliver new smart living solutions which are being realised in a number of smart cities across the world.
Opened in November 2014, Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is Panasonic’s pioneering smart city in Japan. Fujisawa SST was established using range of technologies and innovations to provide residents with a smart, connected and sustainable way of life. With people's lifestyles at the heart of its development; Fujisawa provides five smart services that enrich people lives - energy, security, mobility, wellness, and community.
Ambient Assisted Living
Closer to home, and located in one of the world’s top ten technology hotspots (Expert Market), Panasonic has partnered with Future Living Berlin which is an ambitious and reformative social project designed to provide affordable housing and services to a broad cross-section of the population. Based in Berlin Adlershof, the project is due to begin construction in early 2017 and will open its doors to residents in the second half of 2018.
As part of the Future Living Berlin project, 69 Flats are being built as ‘Living Labs’, supplemented by an innovation and visitors’ centre. These modern Living Labs will feature future-oriented technical equipment – so-called AAL systems (Ambient Assisted Living) – allowing people to be more self-reliant at all ages.
Implemented technology may include floor sensor technology for movement detection, or intelligent mirrors reminding residents of their daily dose of medication by displaying personalised data.
A Better Life, a Better World
The many benefits to individuals are obvious, and there are also considerable opportunities for the wider management of smart cities and towns once such concepts are realised. These include intelligence led security and more efficient use of renewable energy generation by combining smart energy consumption with advanced Lithium-ion energy storage batteries.
For the last three decades, our relentless innovation has made Panasonic the world’s number one patent producer. We are focused on resolving these challenges through the development of intelligent, connected technology solutions.
Whatever challenge the future world population faces, smart cities aim to keep our world safe, secure, healthy and efficient. With smart connected devices, having the opportunity to live in such a city is closer than you think.
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