Smart locks for the home care service

Digital solutions – a key to a sense of security and quality of life?

Smart locks for the home care service

Digital solutions – a key to a sense of security and quality of life?

Challenge

Many elderly people feel uncomfortable about handing over the keys to their home to people they don't or hardly know. Handling of keys as part of the home care service is resource-intensive

Switching to or supplementing with digital and keyless solutions offers major potential for increased efficiency, reduced costs and greater security and independence for the elderly

Partners

City of Stockholm, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, ABB, Skanska and lock consultancy services purchased by Certego
- Phase 1 of the project has been completed by way of a report submitted to the City of Stockholm in January 2018.
- Phase 1 has been partly financed by funds from Vinnova (SEK 900 thousand, funding level 29%).
- During phase 2, the project will be focusing on the potential impact of smart locks in respect of greater safety, security and reduced costs within the home care service.
- This project has been completed and submitted to the administration for the elderly at the City of Stockholm, which has procured a smart lock supplier.

City of Stockholm, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, ABB, Skanska and lock consultancy services purchased by Certego

  • - Phase 1 of the project has been completed by way of a report submitted to the City of Stockholm in January 2018.
    - Phase 1 has been partly financed by funds from Vinnova (SEK 900 thousand, funding level 29%).
    - During phase 2, the project will be focusing on the potential impact of smart locks in respect of greater safety, security and reduced costs within the home care service.
    - This project has been completed and submitted to the administration for the elderly at the City of Stockholm, which has procured a smart lock supplier.

Anna-Carin Busk, Skanska, anna.carin.busk@skanska.se

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Background

One of the City of Stockholm’s business objectives is to ensure that all elderly people enjoy security in old age and good-quality care. To help meet this objective, this project has devised data for future procurement of smart locks within the City of Stockholm’s home care service.

Demo project
To date, no large-scale evaluation and comparison of system solutions from various suppliers in respect of interfaces and user-friendliness has been conducted. As a unique test, therefore, the project implemented a demo project in September 2017 with the objective of evaluating impact and consequences for home care providers, users, the City of Stockholm’s on-call security service and the City of Stockholm.
Any future digital lock solution must work well for property owners, different property and home care company types, end users and their relatives. Acquired intelligence in respect of digital locks will also benefit other enterprises within the City of Stockholm.

Implementing a digital lock solution will bring about
- Greater security and safety for users with homecare/security alarms.
- More time for care initiatives with individuals.
- Improved psycho-social work environment for home care employees.
- Opportunities for faster help and action in the event of emergencies in the home.
- Reduced environmental impact.

 

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