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Ground-breaking data produced by the University of Exeter is being used by a growing number of Cornish businesses to develop exciting new ways of supporting people to live healthier and happier lives. The University’s Smartline project, which is an EU-funded research and innovation project exploring the relationship between technology and the way people live in their homes and communities, is sharing data from homes in the Camborne, Illogan, pool and Redruth areas. Smartline, in partnership with Coastline Housing, Cornwall Council and Volunteer Cornwall, has published data on air quality, moisture, ventilation and heating use gathered from environmental sensors placed in 300 homes in Cornwall in March 2017. This data is already being used to explore the possible links between asthma and mould. Smartline researchers are also monitoring indoor as well as outdoor air quality, with sensors checking the impact of particles created by heating, cooking and smoking and nearby traffic, as well as those from new furnishings, cleaning products, paints and things like computer printers. This unique dataset is now playing a leading role in supporting the development of new e-health and wellbeing products and services. “Smartline is one of the largest monitoring exercises of its type, certainly in the UK context.” said Dr Tim Taylor, Senior Lecturer in the University of Exeter Medical School and Smartline Principal Investigator. “The data produced by our team of public health professionals, economists, geographers, mathematicians, and sociologists is now being used by businesses and organisations to design better systems for managing homes in the future, and to invent new products and services to improve people’s day to day lives.” One of the companies using this data is Hi9, a Cornish based business which specialises in audio digital assistants and chat-bots. “We are currently developing a new digital app and chat-bot which will enable people with long term respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to monitor their conditions themselves from their own homes.” explained Wo King from Hi9. “Our Breathe Better Bot is designed to be a tool for self-care, self-empowerment, and over time, to really uncover the individual’s own profile risk before things happen. This predictive sort of healthcare should enable individuals to self-service their care needs where possible and so reduce the amount of time spent with a primary caregiver. “We are working with Smartline researchers to use the data they have gathered in relation to pollution levels to produce our bot which will not only provide alerts via a smart speaker to people suffering from long-term lung conditions, but will also allow users to connect to a voice-controlled personal assistant for daily conversations.” “Innovation in technology is bringing real change to our world.” said Tim Taylor. “From apps supporting patients with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and lung conditions to manage their health at home, to a robotic baby seal helping to calm people with dementia, innovative e-health projects are transforming healthcare and having a dramatic impact on the quality of people’s lives. “We are very proud that Smartline has already helped a number of businesses to develop exciting new products and services, and look forward to working with other companies interested in using our unique data.” The dataset is freely available to anyone who would like to use it. In order to get access, you need to register here: https://www.smartline.org.uk/data/ The Smartline team can assist you in determining what data you need and in what format so you can quickly get hold of what you need and understand how to interpret it.

Data: free access helps businesses grow

Posted on: July 2, 2019

Ground-breaking data produced by the University of Exeter is being used by a growing number of Cornish businesses to develop exciting new ways of supporting people to live healthier and happier lives. Smartline, in partnership with Coastline Housing, Cornwall Council and Volunteer Cornwall, has published data on air quality, moisture, ventilation and heating use gathered […]

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Heartlands photo exhibition

Photography classes bring wellbeing benefits

Posted on: June 25, 2019

A community photography programme aimed at encouraging people to learn new skills has celebrated the success of its students with an exhibition at Heartlands. The eight-week programme has been funded by the University of Exeter’s Smartline project, an EU-funded research and innovation project exploring the relationship between technology and the way people live in their […]

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Photography poster Mitber

Community photography exhibition

Posted on: June 6, 2019

HEARTLANDS (GLASS ATRIUM) Private view: 12 June 2019 – 11AM-2PM Thereafter the show is open until 7 July   People from Camborne, Redruth, Pool and Illogan will show off their work following an eight-week course looking at health and wellbeing through photography. The course has been funded by Smartline in collaboration with local community interest […]

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Smartline Virtual reality headsets. Redruth. ©Exposure Photo Agency Ltd

Smartline sponsors Cornwall’s EDGE Awards

Posted on: May 29, 2019

Smartline is to be a major sponsor of one of Cornwall’s leading awards for digital innovation. The EU-funded research and innovation project exploring the relationship between technology and the way people live in their homes and communities, is providing funding to support the EDGE awards, taking place this November. Launched in 2017 by Cornwall Live, […]

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Peninsula forum

Peninsula Forum: Linking Communities with Research

Posted on: April 30, 2019

Date and Time: Thu, 23 May 2019, 09:30 – 14:00 Location: The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, Truro TR1 3FF There are many different types of communities and for all, being part of the research, development and innovation process can create a variety of opportunities such as the building of evidence-based solutions, driving policy and […]

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Charlie the printer CAD course

Learn computer aided design and manufacturing

Posted on: April 29, 2019

Free taster sessions for Smartline participants: 23 and 30 May, at the Digital Training Hub, Redruth Computer aided design and manufacturing are fast becoming the normal way of making almost everything, and more and more jobs will rely on this technology in the future. These short practical taster sessions will give you the opportunity to […]

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