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Norfolk County Council is working with the charity, Rotary House for the Deaf, to create a smart flat in Norwich.
The smart flat will show how technology, such as Amazon's Alexa, can help keep older and more vulnerable people out of care homes. The council is keen to emphasise though that the technology will not replace human contact. Around 7,000 people are currently using gadgets to assist them with day to day living and social workers will be assessing a further 2,000 people to see if they can benefit from devices. Smart speakers can remind people about appointments or to take medication and sensors can provide family and friends with peace of mind.
The smart flat will open later in 2018 and will be open to the public for viewings, by appointment through Norfolk County Council or Rotary House for the Deaf.