- A Week in Smart Metering

Smart technology will undoubtedly change the way we live but it has to complement human nature.
Published: Wed 07 Oct 2015

Last week, a provider of radio frequency communication technology launched a 'senior lifestyle' smart home platform, writes Rose Bundock, digital editor of Metering & Smart Energy International, the sister news website to Engerati. The technology follows the daily activities of senior citizens in their homes learning their behavioural patterns and alerting loved ones to changes or abnormalities.

This type of service is often touted as an example of how smart technology makes a smart community. But as one reader pointed out - will seniors actually use it or will they find it invasive?

And for the family member connected to the account, does monitoring increase concern or alleviate it? Give a parent a baby monitor, and every whimper is detected and acted on. From personal experience, our infant intercom was quickly ditched and my senior parents would bulk at the monitoring concept.

But we'd be keen to know your thoughts. Would the senior in your family embrace such technology? Write to me at

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