Herefordshire has been selected by the Government’s Digital Catapult initiative to devise and pilot a brand new technical solution to improve the lives of elderly people in the county.

The Digital Catapult will support the council to create a new system to detect and report falls, by utilising new technologies that are possible due to improved connectivity in the county. It’s hoped the system will give elderly residents greater confidence to remain in their own homes for longer but also to assist the responsiveness of care home staff to support their elderly residents living in their care.  If successful, the system could eventually be rolled out nationally.


The Digital Catapult’s Future Networks Lab was created to support the adoption of new technologies and selected Herefordshire as the pilot area due to the extent of superfast broadband coverage that has been delivered under the Council’s Fastershire broadband project. 

Councillor David Harlow, Cabinet member for economy and communications at Herefordshire Council said:

“Its great recognition of Fastershire’s achievements that the Government and Digital Catapult feel confident enough to look to pilot a brand new connectivity dependent system in the county.

With 87% superfast coverage and a new ultrafast full fibre network being deployed across the country, hopefully this is just the start of Herefordshire becoming recognised as an area able to support greater societal and economic innovation.”

Published: Friday, 1st March 2019