New technology that could help people seriously injured in road traffic collisions to live independently is being trialed in Victoria, Australia.

The trial is part of a partnership between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Deakin University. The technology has been developed by the university’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute.

Using small sensors installed throughout a home, the technology, known as Sofihub, monitors a person’s presence to develop an understanding of their daily routine. The technology can detect anomalies that negatively impact the residents’ health, prompting them if they forget to take their medication or complete normal daily activities.

The technology can identify if something goes wrong in the home and help detect falls. In these cases, if a resident fails to respond to Sofihub prompts, carers or medical professionals will be automatically alerted.

“The trial of the Sofihub sensor and audio technology is a part of the TAC’s commitment to continually look at innovative ways to increase the independence of Victorians who are seriously injured on our roads,” said TAC’s Head of Independence, Liz Cairns. “This trial has the potential to significantly increase the ability of TAC clients to have a greater level of autonomy in their day-to-day living, and provide them with a better quality of life. “If successful, this technology has the ability to be rolled out across the state to benefit thousands of Victorians.”

The trial is being supported by Monash University through the input of an occupational therapist who works with TAC clients to ensure the technology is customised to their needs.