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Innovations in smart devices boost at-home smart living

Smart home companies hone in on growing US elder care market

Cognitive Systems, a Canada-based radio frequency (RF) technology company, has developed software that can turn WiFi access points into motion sensors. The technology works by providing context to the motion network. One of the main applications of its software is for elderly care.

Taj Manku, Founder and CEO of Cognitive Systems said its technology can be used to track elderly people without having to put cameras on them. Manku said that by turning WiFi-enabled clients (e.g., smart TVs, WiFi plugs, WiFi bulb, etc.) into passive sensors, it is possible to continuously monitor inside a home while still maintaining privacy. “With our technology, you can cover the entire home with your existing WiFi infrastructure with the addition of our software." Once customers upload the company's software to their existing WiFi network, they have immediate access to the technology.

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