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Mark Drakeford visits Smart House in Cardiff

mark drakeford at Innovate Trust smart house

As the first supported living provider in the UK, we are passionate about our work. The charity are driving forward the use of ‘Intelligent Personal Assistant’ and mainstream devices to promote independence and well-being for the people we support.

The charity is currently working in partnership with Cardiff University Psychology department, undertaking extensive research into independence and well-being before and after the introduction of assistive smart devices and smart speaker technology.

With the exponential growth of accessible smart technology, home automation and the IoT (Internet of things), the charity wants to ensure that the people we support are at the forefront of benefiting from advancements in mainstream technology.

Innovate Trust has been extensively researching mainstream technology to see how it can be used to benefit the people we support, applying this through a Person Centred Approach ‘PCP’.

A recent statistic from the NHS says “3.3 million individuals with a disability have never been online in the UK”

Innovate Trust is promoting digital inclusion for the people we support, we have embarked on creating a ‘SMART’ house in Cardiff,  demonstrating the effectiveness, uses and abilities of technology to promote and support people within the health and social care sector.

First minister Mark Drakeford and Cabinet Secretary for Finance in Wales visited the ‘SMART’ house in Cardiff. The first minister experienced real-time demonstrations of the technology. Experiencing voice, gesture, sensor and movement activated devices that control elements of the home such as lighting, electrical sockets, curtains/blinds, heating, water, gas and electrical appliances.

Mark also spent time with Mike, who is supported by the charity. Mike shared his own thoughts and experiences as a user of the technology, explaining the differences it has made within his own life.

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