B.C. technology helps prevent elderly deaths, falls and accidents

A B.C.-based tech start-up has developed a new technology that will help prevent elderly and disabled people from dying or suffering a stroke, heart attack or a preventable accident in their home. ThinkEcoPower, along with several other tech entrepreneurs from British Columbia, showcased its products at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona this past February. 

ThinkEco Power has developed technology that monitors people’s activity patterns and warns when any unusual activity is detected. Real-time data collected from ‘Internet of Things’-connected appliances, such as household appliances, mobile phone signals, and other activity enables regular behaviour, movement and daily patterns to be monitored – with anything out of the ordinary triggering a warning signal for action.

This means a person’s activity – or inactivity – can be monitored, so if regular actions such as turning the TV and radio on, using equipment such as a walking assistant, turning on a hearing aid or even boiling the kettle fail to take place, early intervention can take place. 

If an anomaly is detected, a notification is sent to a close relative or neighbour’s cell phone. If it is an emergency situation, then first responders will be contacted at the same time.

“Detecting signs that might be early indicators of a heart attack, stroke or a preventable accident could ultimately help save thousands of lives,” said Stephen Kong, CEO and founder of ThinkEco Power.

Stephen was one of a number of participants attending the show along with representatives from British Columbia’s European Trade and Investment Office, who worked to facilitate meetings and identify opportunities for B.C. companies. 

Mobile World Congress is widely regarded as the world’s largest mobile industry event. This year the show attracted over 100,000 attendees from 204 countries, making it a perfect venue to showcase British Columbia’s vibrant technology industry.

British Columbia is home to a growing community of ICT and wireless companies, creating a range of investment opportunities for ICT products and services. This, coupled with a highly developed research infrastructure; an established network of experienced technology professionals and close ties to both the United States and Asia, has cemented British Columbia’s reputation as an ICT/wireless hub.

British Columbia helps export-ready businesses find investors and buyers through its trade and investment representatives (TIRs) in Europe, the United States and Asia. The TIR team works alongside the British Columbia-based trade and investment team to make introductions and identify opportunities with potential buyers, investors and other in-market partners.