WESTMINSTER, MD – December 30th, 2020 – The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) Healthy Smart Home Project is taking their project into another home in Westminster at the end of this year. This is MAGIC’s third Healthy Smart Home since its involvement in the project in 2017.
This third home marks the first partnership with IoT International, a local tech company based in Howard County that has donated its Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology for the Healthy Smart Home project. This technology has so far been used for health and safety monitoring in utilities, but this is the first time it’s being used for environmental monitoring in the home.
“This is a unique step for us with MAGIC,” says Louis Bopst, CEO of Internet of Things International. “We think that the Healthy Smart Home is a fantastic challenge to try to solve, especially with an aging population.”
IoT is providing free access to ‘thousands of dollars’ worth of software that gathers important health, behavioral, and physiological information. It creates a database with all of this information to make it easily accessible to caregivers so that they can make the best medical decisions possible for residents. “We want to provide a platform for everyone to be able to monitor and save and have access to their healthcare data,” says Bopst.
This third installment is important for the Healthy Smart Home project for another reason; it incorporates wearable sensors.
“The resident in the home actually wears a FitBit,” says Dr. Robert Wack, MAGIC Board President and lead researcher in the Healthy Smart Home. This allows for the automatic collection of data that was inconvenient for caregivers to gather during daily activities.
The incorporation of IoT’s technology, as well as wearable sensors that can automatically save important information, helps to bring the Smart Home project closer to its goal of improving the quality of life and long-term care of residents while interfering as little as possible with daily life.
The MAGIC Healthy Smart Home project is a collaborative effort to bring long-term care into the home and allow seniors to age in place, provide better access to the health care system, and help deliver preventative care at home. The project is partnered with Target Community, Educational Services, and Internet of Things to create smart home solutions and bring them to the Westminster community. For more information, please visit: https://magicinc.org/collaboratories/tech-innovation/health-smart-home.
MAGIC (the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Westminster, MD. MAGIC’s mission is to build a tech ecosystem that creates and nurtures talent, entrepreneurship, and tech businesses, elevating the Westminster gigabit community to lead the Mid-Atlantic region. The City of Westminster provides key financial support to MAGIC. For additional information about MAGIC, visit http://www.magicinc.org/
About IoT International:
IoT International’s mission is to become the defacto middleware and cloud SCADA provider for the IoT and IIoT markets- allowing companies to better collect, analyze, visualize, and interpret data for better business outcomes. For more information, visit www.iotintl.net