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Belfast firm invests in revolutionary smart device for elderly care

Dr Vicky Kell, executive director of innovation, research and development, Invest NI and Paul Moorhead, founder and chief technology officer, Kraydel
Gareth McKeown

A BELFAST-based firm has developed a new smart device, which could revolutionise the care of older people in their homes.

Kraydel, based in the Scottish Provident Building in the city centre has designed a device, which sits on top of the TV as a connected device, linking the older person to their carers or family members, through their TV screen. It is designed specifically for people who may not be familiar or comfortable with technology and can remind users to take medication, complete house-keeping tasks and send alerts – all without the need for a smartphone, or other devices.

Invest NI has offered the company £150,000 of R&D support towards the development of the device.

Founder and chief technology officer of Kraydel, Paul Moorhead said continued innovation is essential for the future success of the business

"Through this new investment in R&D, we are leveraging the latest technology to build a comprehensive understanding of health in the home. At the same time, we're reconnecting lonely and isolated people to the community.

“The strength of our product proposition is confirmed by the investment of the world's largest health insurance company, RGA, in a recent seed investment round. Most recently our thought leadership in this area has led to participation on workshops in Downing Street on tackling loneliness, and technology for elder-care."

Invest NI director of innovation, research and development, Dr Vicky Kell said the potential for Kraydel's technology is "endless".

“Kraydel is a fast growing company which has developed pioneering technology that can track the health and well-being of vulnerable people living alone. Our support for R&D has helped the company to significantly increase the capabilities of its original system, with more advanced sensors."

“It is well known that many people prefer to be cared for in familiar surroundings at home. The company's new smart device makes it possible for an older person to live independently, but fully connected to friends and family with the benefit of giving peace of mind to their carers," she added.

Kraydel has ambitious growth plans for its Belfast and London teams and is currently recruiting for experienced android/linux developers.

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