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UK utility EDF Energy and technology startup Howz have partnered to help the elderly and those in need of special care to live independently for longer.

The two unveiled a home monitoring system utilising energy data and connected home technology to help consumers to check on their families with special needs remotely.

The system monitors a home's energy usage and combines the data with information acquired from sensors detecting factors such as movement and temperature to come up with a pattern of daily behaviour for those indoors.

In the event that the daily behavioral pattern is broken, the system alerts consumers.

The technology has been under development over the past two years and tested in more than 200 homes with elderly EDF customers.

The technology will be improved by integrating existing features with smart meter data, before being deployed nationwide.

EDF Energy and Howz have worked with innovation accelerator Blue Lab to develop the system under the utility's start-up challenge in 2016.

Béatrice Bigois, managing director, customers for EDF Energy said: “Energy and technology are a huge part of our everyday lives, from putting the kettle on in the morning to switching the television off at night. In working with Howz, we have developed a truly transformative solution that establishes users’ everyday energy routines so that their families can stay connected with them, wherever they are, and be alerted if something doesn’t seem quite right.” 

On the launch, Louise Rogerson COO at Howz and Chartered Physiotherapist said"We pride ourselves on giving everyone back their independence, no matter their age or situation. By understanding the everyday routine, users can quickly see when a potential health concern will arise. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with EDF Energy and look forward to providing their customers with a greater awareness of their routine to give them, and their loved ones, peace of mind."