Smart hub for the elderly in use on Shetland Islands

Northern Ireland start-up, Connected Care Solutions, founded by local entrepreneur Deepak Samson, is looking to make an impact on the ageing population with Ethel, the elderly care smart hub, which is now being used by the Shetland Islands Council, under the EU-funded RemoAge project.

Ethel is a touchscreen tablet that allows families and carers to stay in touch with their elderly relative one via an ‘always-on’, large touchscreen tablet.  The tablet has a simple to use interface, specifically designed for those unfamiliar with technology that allows an older person to contact a pre-set list of contacts like family members, a carer or doctor simply by tapping the screen. Ethel also allows additional functionality such as medication reminders, when to do exercises, etc and can also send instant SMS alerts to family or carers if a user fails to respond to medication prompts.

Speaking about the recent success of the business chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, councillor Uel Mackin, said:  “Deepak is an inspirational innovator and a fantastic example of how working with the Council can enrich your business.  He is fully engaged with the Council and has participated in the Council’s Business Start-up and Graduate Programme, as well as taking part in the highly successful Lisburn Castlereagh at Westminster investment event. His vision for the business is commendable and we are delighted to continue to work with Deepak through ongoing mentoring support to help grow his export base.”

The mayor, councillor Brian Bloomfield, said:  “The news that Deepak is working with various NHS Trusts, local authorities, hospices, domiciliary care agencies and housing associations in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is very exciting.  The product created by Deepak will clearly lead to significant efficiency savings for Trusts and provide a much better patient experience, so it is beneficial to many.   The demand for the product is growing and with requests from all around the world Connected Care Solutions is set to be one of Lisburn Castlereagh’s fastest growing tech businesses.”



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