In my letter to newspapers across London this week, I wanted to highlight some of the opportunities for housing providers which will arrive over the coming years. Here is a copy of my letter.
Dear sir,

As we live longer, our ageing population will have an impact on our public finances and services. However, emerging ‘smart’ technologies could help to improve long term care.

 

‘Smart floors’ that detect falls, ovens that switch off if they detect burning, a GPS-enabled walking stick or frame that raises an alarm if the user hasn’t moved as they normally would; health-tracking apps and wearable gadgets, monitoring services and medication dispensing systems are just the start.
Of course, with any new technologies, there will be concerns over privacy and electro-magnetic radiation from devices constantly transmitted wirelessly.
But if stakeholders, especially those providing housing, social and health care, can work alongside inventors and technology innovators to address these concerns, we can look forward to smart devices improving our quality of life and easing anxiety for friends and loved ones as we grow older.
Yours,

Syed Kamall MEP (London)

Leader of the European Conservatives & Reformists (ECR) Group
www.syedkamall.com

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