Exzellenz Awards 2018
We would like to thank the Demografie Exzellenz Awards 2018 judging panel for awarding Grannyguard 1st prize in the category ‘Innovative and Digital’.


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DANGERS


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Risk of falling and incapacity


One result of current demographic change is an aging population. People are living longer and in old age increasingly suffer from dementia or require care for other reasons in old age. Diverse statistics, literature, studies and dissertations can be found on the devastating effects of falls in older people. More than 75% of accidental deaths at home in those over 65 years of age are caused by falls (e.g. 6,245 deaths in 2012). Grannyguard can independently detect that a person has had an accident and immediately call for help.

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Harmful indoor environment & dangerous low temperatures


Suboptimal heating and ventilation can be harmful to health and even lead to life-threatening situations. They can also cause lung damage. Those who are confused or suffer from dementia may also forget to close a window after airing a room, which can have fatal consequences in a very cold winter.

Grannyguard can also detect this.
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Fire hazards


The greatest source of danger in the kitchen is the cooker. If not turned off after use, it can result in a dangerous fire triggering any smoke alarms to signal a fire acoustically. The resident will then react depending on their hearing and circumstances. We are working so that Grannyguard can recognize a triggered smoke alarm and then respond accordingly.
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Immobility / Recognition of inactivity


An alarm can be triggered should there be no activity between set time frames (e.g. bedroom 7-9am and 9:30-11:30pm). Of course these times can be configured differently for workdays and the weekend.

Unusual situations will therefore be responded to quickly.

GRANNYGUARD PROTECTS

Helps without Interaction

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The best operating system: Runs itself


An assistance system should work discreetly in the background 24/7 without any interaction. Unobtrusiveness is an important requirement. The resident should feel safe and not unsettled or even under surveillance.


Smart sensors in a light switch


Grannyguard was designed to substitute a light switch and can be integrated into DIN 49073 connector sockets. An installation depth of only 32mm is necessary, so there’s no need for an electrician to install a switchbox deep in the wall (thereby avoiding dusty and loud installation work). Grannyguard contains a switch and high quality relay so the ceiling light can be operated as before. Both on/off switches and self-resetting push-buttons can be incorporated.

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Fall prevention / avoidance


In order to prevent falls at night, an integrated light sensor switches on a small floor light when movement is detected in the dark.

Communication / Hands-Free System

Speak with loved ones straight away and know that help is coming!
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Behind the scenes – How does it work?

The sensor principle

When it comes to fall detection, the sensor principle is 100% passive, that means no energy is emitted: no radio waves, no light and no sound. Only the thermal energy radiated from people is collected and intelligently analysed. Pets are taken into account and will not trigger an alarm.
Grannyguard covers an entire room:

  • Horizontal opening angle: 170°
  • Range: approx. 5m

Smart and secure

In Germany, privacy protection is taken from the general right of privacy in the constitution. Furthermore, both the privacy of the home and confidentiality of communications are legally binding and of course apply for senior citizens. Because of this, Grannyguard does not use a camera; rather it only records a limited number of temperatures around the room. Gestures and body parts cannot be recognised.
In the case of an alarm, text messages are sent and voice calls established. The user is in control of who receives these as he configures all telephone numbers.

Sensor data never leaves the device while it is in normal operating mode. All radio modules are turned off not only to save energy. Grannyguard is as vulnerable to attack by criminals as a light switch – that is, not at all.

No Internet – No Cloud.

Downloads / Technical Details

The company

Why Grannyguard?

Your parents are often at home alone. They could fall and you worry what would happen as dangers to health or even fatal situations can arise.

The most important thing is that help is called at once!!

Conventional emergency call systems only make sense if their correct and active operation can be ensured and is possible. Until now, only passive home emergency call systems that have to be operated manually existed. But that’s not always possible because the person involved may be confused, suffer from dementia or even be unconscious. And besides this, most falls happen at night on the way to the toilet when the emergency button is most often on the bedside table so help is out of reach. In contrast, an active emergency call system, which can detect a fall or critical situation itself – day or night – can help trigger an alarm for you even if you’re not able to. Grannyguard is exactly such an active emergency call system. Grannyguard detects when you have fallen, immediately sends an SMS to a previously arranged helper, such as your children or friends, and then telephones them, or other trusted people, without delay..


Grannyguard has won numerous international awards. It is almost invisible, as it hides itself in a light switch so protecting an entire room.


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Lothar Feige
pikkerton GmbH
CEO
 

Smart sensors in a
light switch

The Berlin-based pikkerton GmbH

We at pikkerton GmbH are a Berlin-based, owner-operated electronics company founded in 2004. We have been developing, designing, producing and selling electronic equipment and systems for many years and involved in radio-based sensor systems in various markets such as Smart Energy / Smart Grid, industrial monitoring and systems for the so-called AAL market since 2007. Active Assisted Living means electronic assistance systems in the main for elderly people. The aim of these systems is to enable parents and grandparents to live in their familiar surroundings for longer and more safely.

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Awards

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We won the Berlin Deep Tech Award 2015 with Grannyguard in December 2015.

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We won the Elektra Award 2016 in the category ‘Excellence in Product Design (Medical)’ together with our partner Panasonic.

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Grannyguard was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the category ‘Award for Interior Product (building product)’ on 01.11.2017.

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The German Stevie Awards presented us with a prize on 23.02.2017.

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We received first prize at the Demografie Exzellenz Awards on 10.10.2018 in the category ‘Innovative & Digital’.

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AVAILABILITY AND FEATURES

Grannyguard Home

Independent living at home / Outpatient care

Sensor technology / Analysis

  • Fall detection
  • Inactivity and absence from a room, configurable time frames
  • Detection of dangerous cold temperatures and heat development
  • Automatic night and ceiling lighting

Configuration / Management / Alarms

  • Web-based via browser (WiFi)
  • SMS
  • Integrated hands-free system, configurable voice calls for up to 5 users in any desired order

Grannyguard Professional

Retirement homes / Inpatient care

Sensor Technology / Analysis

  • Fall detection
  • Continual inactivity, absence
  • Detection of dangerous cold temperatures and heat development
  • Movement patterns such as getting out of bed, configurable time frames
  • Automatic night and ceiling lighting

Configuration / Management / Alarms

  • Central platform, structured view of all devices, dashboard
  • SMS
  • Interfacing with VoIP telephone systems / SIP servers
  • Backend systems / platform via HTTP/MQTT, Verklizan UMO etc.

Grannyguard is for both home use and inpatient care

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