How Smartfrog’s internet cameras support caregivers and help take care of family
According to the Care Quality Commission 1.4 million older people in UK do not have access to the care and support they need. The research suggests that the number of older people living with an unmet care has risen by almost 20 percent in two years, to nearly one in seven older people. As to the National Health Service, there is a need of more than 100,000 staff to cover the demand for health care the gap between staff needed and the number available could reach almost 250,000 by 2030. Therefore, innovative organisations such as the European tech company Smartfrog have asked how they can support caregivers and their relatives with tech-based solutions. With this in mind, Smartfrog has developed an internet camera that allows caregivers to check in with those in need of assistance anytime and from anywhere giving them immediate reassurance that medication has been taken on time, and that everything is OK.
Dublin, Berlin, 10.04.2019
Smartfrog's goal is to make everyday objects smarter by connecting them to the internet. Smartfrog has developed an easy and affordable all-in-one solution for home surveillance which includes an app, IP camera and video cloud storage. Users can view, hear and speak into their own four walls at any time and from anywhere in the world via smartphone, tablet or notebook. This complete solution can also be used in nursing care and is already available from £4.95 per month (cancellable monthly, no minimum contract term).
The time saved with a Smartfrog Cam benefits patients in direct contact with caregivers. “With our internet camera we want to support nurses in their daily lives and relieve them of their work," said a Smartfrog spokesperson. More than one million people in Germany who need care are looked after by relatives at home. Family members spend an average of 38 hours per week on home care and so from time to time, a glance at a video stream gives them the immediate reassurance they need. It also helps that in the case of an emergency, assistance would be rapidly available on the ground.
Night vision and motion detector
The focus of the camera in the care sector is more on observation than surveillance. “We particularly recommend using cameras at night in the cases of those at risk of falling or wandering off,” explained the company’s spokesperson. In these circumstances the Smartfrog Cam supports nursing staff and helps to reassure concerned relatives. In addition to the infrared night vision function, the internet camera also houses a motion detector as well as a built-in microphone and loudspeaker.
A camera could be pointed at a pillbox, for example, allowing those responsible to check whether important medicines have been taken and make a reminder if not. Smartfrog's complete solution also means users can receive an alarm if the camera detects movement. “This can be useful in the case of Alzheimer patients who may wader off from their usual spaces and become disoriented as a result,” explained a company spokesperson. Smartfrog attaches particular importance to data security. The company uses the highest security standards – similar to those used in online banking – and video files are transmitted securely using SSL encryption to TÜV- and ISO-certified high-security data storage centers. The independent security institute AV-TEST awarded the Smartfrog video surveillance solution its top-grade of ‘secure’ and gave it three out of a possible three security stars.
The Smartfrog Cam is ready to use in just five minutes. Within the app, users can keep an eye on up to ten cameras at the same time. When using cameras in the nursing sector a prerequisite is either obtaining the consent of the affected person or whoever holds power of attorney.
Conclusion: Although an IP surveillance camera cannot replace optimal care for the elderly, it can play a supportive role and reassure all those with concerns, for example checking whether prescribed pills have been taken and ensuring vulnerable family members haven’t wandered off or fallen. In these simple situations a surveillance camera is a well advised additional tool for helping those most at risk.
More information: www.smartfrog.com
Smartfrog is a tech company focused on the “Internet of Things”, which is about making everyday objects more intelligent and connected to the internet, e.g. via an app. The aim is to make the everyday lives of people more comfortable and more secure by making modern technologies user friendly and affordable. For this, Smartfrog has developed a universal IoT platform designed to build dedicated solutions across product areas. Having started with security and monitoring as a primary area, it offers an easy-to-use and affordable complete home security solution, so that users can always keep an eye on their home and business at any time and from anywhere. The package starts at €5.95 (£4.95) per month, with no minimum contract period and monthly cancellation. It includes the Smartfrog app, allowing users to manage up to ten cameras, a Smartfrog Cam and video storage.