By Evie Andreou
SENIOR citizens of Strovolos will have the opportunity to be the first to test two telecare services – the Alert Button and Location Tracking – provided by the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) and VIDAVO Company.
The two services, which are running on a pilot basis, will be provided free of charge to members of the Strovolos daily centre for elderly people for a period of two months.
The alert button, which is on a bracelet, puts pensioners in contact with their carers or family, and the tracking service points out the location of its bearer.
The two services are part of CyTA’s Telecare service, which will be provided through smart software applications that can automatically process information from several electronic devices at the homes of patients or elderly people to monitor their health and locate any problems.
“CyTA, recognising its customers new needs deriving from the extension of the average life expectancy, reduced family care and the need to improve quality of life of the elderly, decided to introduce this project on a pilot basis,” said head of CyTA’s e-health sector Lygia Malioti.
The utility aims to utilise digital technology in order to provide better services to the public.
“Innovation is at the centre of CyTA’s strategy,” said Michalis Papadopoulos, head of Cyta’s innovation and development services.
He added that the utility had forged several cooperation agreements aiming at the provision of solutions in vertical markets like electronic health, digital home, digital signatures, and cloud services.
Pantelis Angelides, head of VIDAVO, which is active in the telemedicine and telecare sector, said that ‘silver economy’, products and services geared towards the elderly, was a new challenge to European and national economies.
“In an ageing Europe, high quality care to the elderly is possible at reasonable costs just with the use of innovative cutting-edge technologies,” Angelides said.
CyTA spokesman Lefteris Christou told the Cyprus Mail they had received huge interest from elderly communities in other municipalities and had not ruled out running more than one pilot programme. He said they didn’t yet have a price for the service as much would depend on how the pilot scheme goes and what kind of feedback they receive.