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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 05:50

THE HDB flat of the future could feature technologies that help residents manage their utilities consumption, monitor the elderly and help them perform rehabilitation exercises at home.

Such technologies have been put to the test in nine mock-up flats in HDB's Centre of Building Research since the start of this year. Seventeen companies and consortia were shortlisted to set up trials of their smart software and hardware there.

These solutions include wearable motion sensors that enable rehabilitation exercises to be done via video conferencing, and also allow caregivers and therapists to guide and monitor patients remotely. Power management systems can also be installed to provide homeowners with real-time information of their energy usage and costs.

The trials are part of the Smart HDB Town Framework, which aims to leverage smart technology to improve public housing. Flats in Punggol Northshore, launched in May, will come with data ports and additional sockets to facilitate their compatibility with such smart features. Following these lab trials, HDB will be testing these technologies in the homes of residents in an existing housing estate.