Singapore Management University (SMU) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced today (September 10, 2014) that they will be extending their joint venture partnership–the SMU-TCS iCity Lab, which is focused on research and development of intelligent city solutions–for an additional three years.
The two entities said that this extension will allow them to undertake a number of research initiatives and projects. These include developing technology solutions to address the needs of senior citizens in Singapore under as part of the SHINESeniors (Smart Homes and Intelligent Neighbours to Enable Seniors) Project.
The SHINESeniors Project is an iCity Lab-initiated effort to make community care services effective through innovations in care delivery by leveraging Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Sensor-enabled homes will be developed in support of ageing-in-place for senior citizens living in Singapore, thus reducing the cost of care delivery. SMU-TCS iCity Lab will be working with multiple stakeholders, including several government agencies and community partners, to implement the project over three years.
The iCity Lab will be working with SMU's Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC) for data analytics support. In addition, SMU's School of Social Sciences will contribute to the SHINESeniors project by working on a related longitudinal survey, and by contributing to the analysis of collected data from social science perspectives.
On the other hand, TCS will be building a home-care platform with emphasis on the analytics module. It is a software solution that has sense-making algorithms for detecting and understanding elderly mobility patterns, which can then be used for remote monitoring and analysis by doctors and community caregivers.
The TCS home-care platform will have the ability to personalise the appropriate community care plan, plan for social service support needs, and situation-specific community-care response protocols for each elderly. Furthermore, it will integrate information about related support services for the elderly provided by various other social service and health care groups to have a more holistic and integrated ability to care for them.
"With the rapid proliferation of IoT technologies, we are today in a connected universe. Leveraging TCS' core strengths, the SMU-TCS iCity Lab aims to design and develop a sustainable living environment for seniors in Singapore, thereby uplifting their current lifestyle," said Vish Iyer, President of TCS Asia Pacific.
"This research will lead to the development of an end-to-end personalised care delivery platform from sense making to emergency response services. Our collaboration with SMU has yielded fruitful results over the years. I am confident these researches have been useful and have brought about a positive impact to our society," he added.
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