Helping the elderly live independently at home

Product / ATF Services

Every year, 1 in 3 Australians over the age of 65 has a substantial fall. 1 in 2 people over 80 falls multiple times. Most falls happen at home. What if that person lives alone?

Most people want to live independently for as long as they can, even as they enter their elderly years. But statistics show that the likelihood of serious, accidental injury within the home increases significantly as people get older. If someone needs help, their loved ones need to know. The folks at ATF Services found an ingenious solution. The company developed unobtrusive motion sensor technology that’s capable of understanding and tracking normal day and night activity within a home—data that can be used to determine if someone is in distress. The sensor itself was the product of years of research and testing. When it came time to build out the software capabilities and user experience, ATF Services came to Two Bulls.

The AbiBird app connects the elderly with caregivers and loved ones.

We built the AbiBird app, which can be used to control the AbiBird sensors. Sensors can monitor routines such as waking up or going to bed.  If activity exceeds normal routines or stops altogether, the app sends an alert to loved ones. The team at Two Bulls also developed the cloud infrastructure for the AbiBird motion sensor using a cellular communications technology called the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT). On the heels of AbiBird’s success, ATF Services continued researching NB-IoT and developed a wearable alert button, which our team helped develop into the AbiButton. When activated, it sends a distress notification to caregivers, including the location of the wearer. All devices and supporting apps share one vision: to be simple and unobtrusive while being 100% reliable on both ends.

Results

Technical ingenuity puts Abibird on the road to international distribution.

We were among the first in Australia to deploy NB-IoT technology that enables the widespread deployment of low-power sensors without the need for more expensive and prohibitive systems, which consume a lot of power and require a 3G or 4G connection. As NB-IoT becomes more widely available, Abibird plans to expand beyond New Zealand and Australia. They’ve already set their sights on the US, the UK, Spain, Germany and other parts of the world.