There is no end of ways, it seems, that technology can improve our lives.
Just got news of a technology trial in France that will keep tabs on elderly people using a ZigBee network.
The senior wears a tag that helps relatives or caregivers to locate him or her within the perimeter of a sensor network. The cellular carrier France Telecom Orange has launched the trial in Orgeres en Beauce, France.
The cellular infrastructure provides the phone and internet link to a relative or caregiver if the senior wanders too far on has a mishap.
The France Telecom system uses Ember's EM250 ZigBee system-on-a-chip and EmberZNet ZigBee software stack to create self-organizing, self-healing wireless networks that can operate for years on inexpensive batteries.
The network of ZigBee-based zonal location sensors and controls communicate with a gateway device that enables caregivers to monitor residents' movement and location from either a local network console or remotely over the Internet.