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CENSIS Conversations: home telecare revolution

30th November 2020 - 31st March 2021
On demand via YouTube

Episode 3: Home telecare revolution

Available to watch now on You Tube (running time 41:33)

The disruption caused by the pandemic meant that we could not offer our normal events schedule, and had to move everything online very quickly in spring 2020. While this was disappointing, we soon launched a number of new ways to stay connected. Our virtual coffee sessions that began in March have created informal networking and discussion opportunities in lots of new subject areas, while our first major online conference, Scotland’s Countdown to COP26, brought over 2,000 together on one day in November to discuss and debate challenges and opportunities around climate change.

As we come towards the end of the year, we’re pleased to introduce another new events format – CENSIS Conversations.

Hosted by science and technology journalist Gemma Milne, CENSIS Conversations is a new series of pre-recorded panel discussion ‘vodcasts’ (video podcasts), each bringing together a panel of experts with a member of the CENSIS team to discuss the challenges and benefits of using sensing, imaging and IoT technologies in their respective subject areas. By bringing together diverse groups of people – including technology developers and end users – who share a common interest in the subject for discussion, we hope to offer some thought-provoking discussions that analyse subjects from different angles.


Joining Gemma for this discussion are:

  • David Brown, Business Relationship Manager, Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
  • Glenda Cook, Transformation Manager, Older Person’s Service, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership
  • John Griffiths, CTO at Secure Sensor Innovative Design Ltd
  • Stephen Milne, Business Development Manager, CENSIS

The Conversation

In this conversation the group discuss challenges and opportunities around innovation in the home telecare and telehealth service in Scotland, and how sensing, imaging and IoT technologies could be used to respond.

Following an overview of the planned changes to UK telephony infrastructure in the next few years (the switch off and decommissioning of the current analogue telephone network), the panellists discuss how these changes could promote a shift in telecare services from the current reactive model into a future proactive and  preventative model. The conversation touches on the development of new hardware and software products and services, including wearables, and emerging IoT networks such as LPWAN/LoRaWAN designed to support the predicted surge in IoT enabled devices in the home. A number of topics are addressed along with way, including changing demographics, social and digital exclusion, data ethics and privacy, and the use of technology to keep people safe in their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A number of examples of projects happening in Scotland are given along the way including a Can Do/SBRI challenge project in Glasgow to develop a remote digital alarm monitoring system to help people with complex needs manage risks at home.


A full transcript of this Conversation is also available (PDF).

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