The multimillion-dollar Holly Smart Home project will trial potentially life-saving artificial intelligence technology residential homes in Australia.


Trials of care technology that could help elderly and vulnerable people live safely and independently in their homes for longer are about to launch in Australia thanks to a partnership between Samsung, Deakin University in Melbourne, and the City of Greater Geelong in Victoria.

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The in-home care platform, dubbed the Holly Smart Home System, features a single hub with artificial intelligence technology and elements of the Samsung SmartThings sensor system that together provide 24/7 non-invasive monitoring and helpful alerts in a person’s existing home.

With 30 discreet SmartThings sensors placed at regular traffic areas in the home, Holly is able to detect if the occupant of the home has stopped following normal daily movements patterns – maybe because of a fall, or due to being incapacitated for a long period of time. In that scenario, Holly would issue an escalating series of alerts, which would eventually call for help if not silenced.

Multipurpose SmartThings sensors could also be placed on places doors and windows to monitor vibrations and movement to detect if they have been left open, or whether damage or a break-in has occurred. For a touch of smart home convenience, Holly also gives its user remote control of any LIFX lightbulbs in the house, which would let them switch the lights on and off from the sofa or bed through a smartphone.

Holly also has a voice, which she uses to remind people to take medicine or perform important daily tasks throughout the day. She can also keep them connected to the world with services like spoken weather updates first thing in the morning.

The trial is about to launch in five residential homes in Geelong, Victoria, and will see residents ranging from 73 to 81 years old taking part, including 73-year-old Alison McArthur, pictured above.

Of course, with the level of support and security Holly can provide, it’s not out of the question that it could also assist people with disabilities, or children who need extra monitoring and care.

Samsung and its partners hoping to have the Holly Smart Home system publicly available as early as the end of this year, with its sights set on an international market.

Story and picture via: Geelong Advertiser