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An innovation team from Swansea University is helping to refine a high-tech device, which is already making a “vital difference” to people living with dementia, and their carers, by helping them remain in familiar surroundings for as long as possible.

Staff at the Healthcare Technology Centre (HTC) have teamed up with Swansea-based CPR Global Technology to work on its Guardian II smartwatch.

Worn on the wrist, the smart wearable contains a range of technologies including GPS and WiFi location tracker, SOS button, two-way calling, and a heart rate monitor.

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Now, CPR and HTC are working together to explore the functions and technology integrated into the device with a view to highlighting areas where it could be used to enhance dementia care further.

The HTC is based in laboratory space at the university’s Singleton Campus and its team of dedicated staff work with businesses and the NHS to develop innovative healthcare products and services to create lasting economic value in Wales.

HTC’s Dr Daniel Rees described the collaboration as an exciting opportunity to work with a vibrant, diverse and innovative company.

He said: “We can see some great potential for the use of technologies such as this smartwatch to support the care of dementia patients, their families and carers.

“The collaboration has also allowed us to explore the use of existing technologies in novel ways – this includes the hardware, software and the required robust technology platforms and infrastructure.

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with a focus on delivering social and economic benefits through utilisation of innovative digital technology.”

HTC is part of the Accelerate programme, a partnership led by the Life Sciences Hub with Swansea University, Cardiff University and University Trinity St David, which brings together clinical, academic and industry expertise to develop and roll out new, innovative products and services within the Welsh health and care system.

Accelerate is co-funded with £24 million by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

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