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Walabot HOME: A New Senior Care Smart Home Device for Fall Detection

Falls and injuries related to falls are common among older adults. Globally, one in three adults above 65 years old falls once a year. Falls are not only associated with greater morbidity and mortality in the older population, but are also linked to reduced overall functioning and with early admission to long-term facilities. Reducing falls risk in older adults is therefore an important public health objective. In Singapore, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. According to the National Registry of Diseases Office (NRDO) of Singapore, the crude incidence rate of unintentional falls in year 2012 was 277.7 per 100,000 for adults aged 60 years and older. The incidence rate increases sharply with age. Many of these falls happen at home but it is also possible for senior staff at the office. Therefore, steps must be taken so that factors which cause a person to fall are reduced or removed.

The accidental falls are a serious issue. If it is unnoticed, then it becomes fatal. An automatic fall detection device for monitoring the daily activities of a person when they encounter a fall could be the best solution. When an elderly falls the automatic fall device will then send an alert to the particular person’s family member, caretaker or an administrator in the office in order to get an immediate assistance especially in the confine of a home where falls are most often occurs or at the office when senior staff works alone.

Vayyar Imaging the global leader in 3D sensor imaging technology that makes it possible to see through objects, recently launched the Walabot HOME. Poised to radically change the future of digital health monitoring, Walabot HOME detects if a person has fallen and automatically places a call for help, without requiring any wearables. Walabot HOME is Vayyar’s flagship product in a new line of smart home devices being developed to ensure seniors stay connected when it matters most: in case of emergency.

“People wants to feel comfortable in their homes or office without the burden of needing to wear a pendant or medical alert device, but still wants the security of knowing that they can get help if they need it,” Vayyar Co-founder, CEO, and Chairman Raviv Melamed said in a statement. “Walabot Home is so effective because people can set it up and then relax, feel secure in the knowledge it’s there just in case.

Walabot HOME is easy to install and does not require further action once it’s been setup. The device uses advanced, low-power radio wave technology, similar to Wi-Fi, instead of cameras, to monitor individuals’ movements. This ensures occupants maintain their privacy, especially in locations where falls are more likely to happen, such as bathrooms. Walabot HOME also works in a wide range of conditions that cameras cannot, including steam and darkness, and can sense through objects like curtains and glass walls. An accompanying mobile app for iOS and Android lets you control the device. 

It’s best to think of Walabot Home as sort of a central nervous system that keeps track of a person as they move throughout the home. Originally designed to spot falls in the bathroom, the service can now be implemented throughout the entire home.

This provides a number of advantages. For one, it allows Walabot to sense a person through walls and curtains that would otherwise obstruct a camera. Second, it can monitor areas that other systems can’t, including the bathroom, without requiring any sort of wearable device. Finally, it’s far less invasive than a camera-based system that requires a person to surrender their privacy in order to ensure their safety. Family members and caregivers can receive alerts of a fall through the Walabot Home mobile app for iOS and Android. The app also allows for two-way communications. ​ You want to be there for your loved ones or staff— including those who are up there in age — no matter what, so you can help prevent the worst from happening. For times when you can’t be there, however, Walabot HOME can serve as your eyes. This smart home device that senses if a person has fallen in their home or office and then calls for help has recently received expanded capabilities to monitor the well-being of older people.

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