by Jenni Davidson, Holyrood

Smart meters are being trialed as a form of remote monitoring to flag up possible causes for concern for elderly and disabled people living in their own homes.

The trial is being led by the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics in partnership with The Data Lab and Blackwood Homes and Care, a specialist housing provider offering accessible homes for disabled people.

Through the Smart Meters for Independent Living (SMILE) project the group are developing and testing artificial intelligence (AI) methods to analyse energy usage data from consenting residents’ smart meters, creating a view of their daily routines and spotting unusual changes in behaviour that might indicate problems.

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