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The number of older people and people in need of care in Germany is rising steadily. As more than 70 percent of their care is currently provided at home, there are additional requirements for the furnishings of their homes. In order to enable these people to lead a largely self-determined life, corresponding intelligent apartments and technical assistance systems are in demand in both new and existing buildings.
The key words are smart home, comfort and security - flexibly according to the needs of the user of the home. The test and demonstration centre for barrier-free, assisted living in the WohnXperium in Chemnitz, which was opened on 9 April 2019, shows what possibilities already exist in these areas.
The WohnXperium uses flexible walls and real products to simulate various living situations in order to test the suitability of selected solutions from the structural and technical fields. These include numerous system solutions from Hager, Berker and Elcom: for example, the Elcom Modesta outstation in combination with the Hager Access Gate is used for door communication. The advantage of this IP gateway is that it makes the door intercom system mobile and enables it to be operated from any location via smartphone - for example, if the resident wants to see from his bed who is standing in front of the front door or if he wants to open the front door from there.
In addition, a Hager cooker guard is installed in the kitchen area, which significantly reduces the risk of kitchen fires. The system consists of a sensor unit that detects temperature and movement and permanently compares these data. If the sensor detects a rapid rise in temperature and no movement, it sounds an alarm or switches the cooker off if the residents do not intervene. In addition, a leakage sensor can also be connected, which reacts to the leakage of liquids, e.g. from washing machines, and also signals this. The Hager skirting board system tehalit.SL with integrated LED light and motion detector shows how more safety can also be achieved at night with sophisticated technology: If a resident gets up at night, the path to the toilet, for example, is illuminated, thus reducing the risk of falling.