During the past few years, Chinese elderly care has been expanding more than ever. The Chinese government wishes to face the lack of structures and considers the elderly care of aging population and prevention of fragility to be a priority. As such, they came up with the concept of community centers to provide daycare services, entertainment, as well as support to provide in-house services.

ENGIE, directly or through its fully-owned subsidiary ENGIE Ineo, is a leader for the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of integrated solutions for the Cities of Tomorrow, and strives to provide comprehensive solutions to meet the growing need of the aging population in cities. Smart Flat – benefitting from 5 years of research in collaboration with the French national research public body (CNRS) – is a concrete answer to Chinese priorities.

Smart Flat consists of a set of sensors to analyze the dynamism, behavior and health state of elderly people in their home, measuring their activity (standing, walking, turning around) and their perception.

Group pictureFrom March 5, 2018, the Lidou Community Center – Shunyi District, Beijing – will be equipped with the first Smart Flat pilot system in China thanks to their collaboration with ENGIE and IDP Santé. In this framework, IDP Santé provides the devices to the Community, hires and trains necessary medical employees and promotes the system in China. The Lidou Community Center will use this technology and innovation to care for around 2,000 elderly people over the age of 65 in the neighborhood.

The inauguration ceremony of the Lidou Community Center was held on January 20, 2018, in the presence of Shunyi District officials and French Embassy representatives.

To explain IDP Santé’s philosophy, Serge LE FAUCHEUR, CEO of IDP Santé often quotes “To fight aging is, as far as possible, to give up nothing. Neither work, nor travel, nor shows, nor books, nor gluttony, nor love, nor dreams.”

Charlotte ROULE, Chairperson & CEO of ENGIE China said: “This is our first pilot system targeting e-health in China. This illustrates that we can fully rely on ENGIE Group’s rich experience and know-how, accumulated for years in 70 countries around the world, which relate not only to renewable energy, or to district heating & cooling, but also to the use of innovation in other fields to provide solutions for people.”