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IoT (Internet of Things) Edinburgh


Etive were delighted to be discussing one of our IoT projects at the #25 IoT meet up in Edinburgh last week.  Phil and Stuart discussed the City4Age project we are doing for Birmingham City Council, which is an EU project focused on producing elderly-friendly city services to support the independence and wellbeing of older citizens. A consortium of 16 organisations were created to help solve the challenges of ageing in today’s society by using non-intrusive, IoT technologies to monitor citizens as they move around their environments. The solutions are being tested in six locations: Athens, Birmingham, Lecce, Madrid, Montpellier, and Singapore.

We’re also delighted that Birmingham is one of Britain’s top 10 smartest cities in the second UK Smart Cities Index, commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting.  Birmingham is ranked as the 4th smartest city in the UK.  One of the criteria that Birmingham was assessed on was the City4Age project, worked on by us at Etive.

Etive presenting at the 25th International Conference on Software, Split, Croatia


Working with Digital Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, one of our top developers, Phil,was presenting with BCC at the 25th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks.

Over the next 20 years there will be demographic shift from predominantly younger populations to older ones. Current models of care and pathways require transforming to become more citizen focused and support greater community resilience and sustainability. This will require different approaches to innovation to improve quality of life for people as they age, reduce onset of frailty as well as support those better with long term conditions around self-management and prevention strategies. Health and social care providers are looking at how they augment traditional clinical health related services with the use of IoT technologies and smart city services.

Our project with BCC is to work with elderly people using a range of IoT solutions from wearable technology, to beacons connected to your smart phone and a personal data store (DLB) enabling the user to better manage their data and activities.   The captured data can be used in two ways:

• Early detection of risk related to frailty
• Interventions that can help the elderly population to improve their daily life and also promote positive behaviour change.
For more information contact us at hello@etive.org.

Mill Stream House luxury apartments in Oxford


Mill Stream House is a collection of 59 one and two bedroom luxury apartments, located in Oxford’s newest and most vibrant quarter.

Part of Westgate Oxford, a landmark retail and leisure development breathing new life into the west end of the city, Mill Stream House will be neighboured by over 100 new shops, including a flagship John Lewis store, 25 restaurants and cafés, a boutique cinema and a wealth of new public spaces.

Each apartment has it’s own digital Home Log Book. An easy to use online reference guide to your apartment, on a secure web based system, which stores information specific to each apartment.  Having all of the property’s technical data stored in one place with private, password protected access, means you can reference key information without the need to keep bulky manuals.

Experience beautifully appointed, riverside homes that harmonise the needs of modern life with elegance and ease. Enjoy outside space on your own private balcony or terrace or dine alfresco at Westgate Oxford’s substantial roof garden. For more information click here.

New housing development of 3/4 bedroom homes at Annan Grove in Kilmarnock


Ogilvie Homes have a fantastic new development with a mix of 3 bed semi detached, 3 & 4 bed detached family villas and 4 bed townhouses at Annan Grove in Kilmarnock.

Annan Grove is centrally located in Annandale, on the outskirts of Kilmarnock, close to Annanhill Golf Club, off the B7081. With only 10 minutes drive to Kilmarnock train station there is easy accessibility to all destinations.

The homes come with many unique features offering the best of modern comfortable living including Home Log Books that store all your property information in one place for you, accessible from your tablet or mobile phone, safely and securely.

With the return of Help to Buy (Scotland), there are many more reasons to think about buying a new home, whether a First Time Buyer, a growing family or simply just needing to downsize. The good news is that the government will provide a maximum 15% equity stake on properties up to £200,000 (new criteria threshold for 2017/18) with only a minimum 5% deposit, subject to meeting the relevant criteria.

At Annan Grove, and subject to build completion dates, Ogilvie Homes will be offering the Help to Buy (Scotland) incentive, along with their Assisted Sale and Part Exchange options. Terms and conditions apply.

Plugging the data gap for GOV.UK Verify to meet local authority & housing association needs


In order to make digital identity a reality for Local Authorities and Housing Associations, the question of how to reach the digital footprints of the demographic who are the highest users of public service must be answered, alongside the need to address behaviour change.

The OIX Discovery project – “Micro Sources of Data, the role of the Aggregator” – involving Etive Technologies and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets offers a practical solution for the data gap challenge, and starts to address the business case for adoption of GOV.UK Verify by Local Authorities.

To read more on the summary report please click here.

If you would like a copy of the OIX report please contact us here.

City4Age aims to activate urban communities to facilitate the role of social/health services


We’re delighted to be working on the City4Age project with Birmingham City. City4Age will activate urban Communities to facilitate the role of social/health services and of families in dealing with mild cognitive impairments and frailty in the elderly population. The challenge is to demonstrate that Cities play a pivotal role in the unobtrusive collection of “more data” on individual behaviours, and with “increased frequency”.

Many older people can be greatly affected even after a minor change in their living or health conditions and as such this project aims to help individuals capture and make use of their personal data along with other information in a way that will help them maintain their independence for longer.

The City4Age approach will be deployed and validated in 6 different pilot sites in Madrid, Athens, Montpellier, Singapore, Lecce and Birmingham.

Birmingham will be a testbed looking at how we can capture data on individual behaviours with increased frequency through the use of sensing / wearable technologies, which will help in detecting changes in behaviour and develop ICT based interventions to mitigate risk. Our focus will be on supporting older people to get around their locality, offering just-in-time interventions that might encourage greater interaction and stimulate physical and mental exercise.

Identity and information management for tenants of RSLs and LAs


We’ve recently completed a Discovery project with the Government Digital Service (GDS) and Tower Hamlets tenants addressing the information and digital needs of their customers. This work was carried out under the OIX framework looking at the GDS need to addesses the requriements of those who might be considered to be digitally disadvantaged and need a Government Verify account.

Following 22 hours of extensive research with tenants, we’ve put together a condensed video of some of the results and how we might help addresses their needs around self serve, digital skills and identity management. Watch the short video HERE.

An OIX report is due to be published which goes into much greater detail, which will be made available through the OIX website. We’ll let you know when this is available, hopefully soon.

If you would like to learn more and would like a copy of the report please email us at hello@etive.org and we’ll get a copy emailed off to you.

Better support for people with multiple and complex needs


Birmingham Changing Futures Together web site has now gone live which aims to initiate big changes in the systems of support available for people with multiple and complex needs.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives programme aims to support people with multiple and complex needs to better manage their lives by ensuring that services are more tailored, better connected and meet their individual needs. The programme targets people with specific complex needs: addiction, mental health, offending and housing.

Identity verification for housing associations & local authorities


Join us and an expert panel of speakers to explore the results of the OIX UK Discovery Project understanding digital identity for local authorities and housing associations on the 2nd November at  229 Bethnal Green Road, London  E2 6AB

  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH)
  • Tower Hamlets Homes (THH)
  • Government Digital Service (GDS)
  • Digital Log Book (DLB)

The project explored two concepts:

  1. The quality and value of LBTH and THH data as part of the GOV.UK Verify process.  The ambition that it could help to raise the current 55% success rate of verifying people who are unemployed.
  2. The value to the customer of using a digital identity issued by Central Government (GOV.UK/Verify) to access Local Authority and Housing Association online services.

The project also explored the perspective of social housing tenants:

  1. Is the tenant happy for their housing data to be used as part of the GOV.UK/Verify process by an Identity Provider, using a personal data store such as a Digital Log Book?
  2. Does the tenant see benefit in using a digital identity when accessing their local authority or housing provider with a Digital Log Book?
  3. Does the tenant see benefit in having specific information verified by an authority source with their permission, in this case they are in receipt of Universal Credit, confirmed by DWP.

Somerset Place one of Bath’s quintet of classic Georgian Crescents


Just a short walk from the heart of Bath, Somerset Place is one of the city’s quintet of classic Georgian Crescents: a parade of majestic Grade I listed properties on its own quiet road, and part of the reason for Bath’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The first phase of the restoration of Somerset Place involved reinstating the vertical integrity of the original Georgian Townhouses, through which the previous owners, Bath Spa University, had created lateral links. The external fabric of the houses was then restored and the individual houses sold to owner occupiers to complete their own personalised fit outs.

We’re delighted to continuing developing Home Log Books for this beautiful development.

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