What I call Always-On technology, sensors and monitors using a wireless network as an application platform, sounds like science fiction. It also sounds like an opportunity that can only be real in the most advanced countries, like the U.S. and Japan.
But that is simply not the case.
The Singapore blog Dream Ink details some of the real opportunities, in discussing the need to treat seniors better:
- China will have 174 million senior citizens aged over 60 in 2010, and the number will peak in 2030 when the national population hits 1.5 billion.
- About 80 million Indians — more than the entire population of Britain — are over 60 at present. This figure is projected to touch 100 million by 2013 and 198 million by 2030.
Singapore itself now has 291,000 elderly and this number will double by 2020.