Kensington 5G could boost healthcare services for elderly and disabled

By Reanna Smith

Kensington in Liverpool is one of the first places in Europe to be testing 5G as part of a new scheme to boost healthcare among the elderly and disabled.

The newest generation of super-fast mobile internet has a download speed of 10 to 20 times that of the current 4G.

Sensor City has been working with Liverpool John Moore’s University , the University of Liverpool and the Royal Hospital to develop a series of tests and trials.

Sensor City, developer of trials. Photo by Rodhullandemu

Community Integrated Care in Kensington is one of the first to test the new benefits that 5G could have.

Residents in their semi-independent homes are participating in a Safehouse Sensor trial.

The technology is installed into homes and detects changes in temperature, irregular behaviour patterns and falls.

Houses in Kensington, Liverpool

Professor Robin Leatherbarrow, director of Sensor City and LJMU Pro-Vice Chancellor, said: “There is a particular need to try to interface 5G with the healthcare community.

“One of the things about digital technology in general is that it has some fantastic impacts on being able to communicate with people who perhaps don’t normally do that.”

The project hopes to allow people with health issues to live more independently by sending data to local GPs if a visit is needed and prevent unnecessary ones.

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