• Smart living for people with disability

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Robert Elkson, DVISE Solutions; Phil Piggott, Clipsal and Schneider Electric Partner Business; Josh Ling, DVISE Solutions; Peter Laggozino, Clipsal and Schneider Electric Partner Business; and Andrew Fragnito, DVISE Solutions. “Ever since I was eight it’s been my dream to leave home and live in my own apartment and be independent so I can show my parents all the things they have taught me. Now it’s a dream come true.” —Tenant, Smart Living Apartment, Woodville West.

The Smart Living Apartments in Woodville West, South Australia, are part of a development called “The Square,” a vision of Renewal SA to create multistory dwellings; secure and compact housing for people who want an alternative to a traditional suburban home.

Eight of the apartments have been designed and built specifically for people with disabilities. Packed with cutting edge technology, the apartments represent an impressive statement of how advancements in integrated technologies can make a profound difference in assisting people to live an independent lifestyle.

“Disability services are moving in the direction of smart living, fostering inclusion,” said Steve Alexander, Manager, Community Transition, Disability Services, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). Steve was the driving force behind the project, and it was his vision to support people with disability to live in an apartment block using assistive technology.

What really sets the apartments apart is the level of integrated technology that allows the tenants to live on their own, arrive, leave and welcome guests at will, yet with immediate onsite support whenever needed. Keys are not necessary to enter the Smart Living apartments. Tenants enter the building and their apartment via remote access, either on their remote controls or web tablet. The doors not only unlock but open fully to allow the tenant in their wheelchair to pass through.

“Once inside, tenants using the same controls can operate lighting, turn on air conditioning and even operate the TV,” said Josh Ling, systems integrator, DVISE Solutions.

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