Health in #smartrural

The remoteness of some towns and villages make it difficult to maintain a medical service. But this is nothing new. As these towns and villages developed there was not always a medical service. A local person, sometimes a midwife, sometimes a Vet was called in to assist with lifes medical emergencies.

We don’t ahve to go back to that however. There are so many new ways for care to be delivered in the community. We now have skin patches that can measure 5 or 6 different key indicators in the body and report them in real time if they are off target. We have fit watches. We have many passive and active devices in the home to enable us to see if our elderly citizens are up and about.

The networking effect of #smartrural will build a community were neighbours know what is going on with their neighbours. The connectivity of IoT will assist the well in aiding the not so well.

In some places there are regular clinics where the Dr and his team come in with equipment etc and attend to a village. Items like vaccinations, checkups, new prescriptions, can be tracked using #smartrural and the team can arrive informed and ready to provide services.

With 5 G connectivity will come much better serviecs, and yes they may be remote, but, a service that is effective and remote is better than a local non effective one.

 

 

Rural Tourism #smartrural

When travelling through Spain and France lately many beautiful sites had cafes with outdoor terraces. Really pretty and cool in the heat. However nearly all had signs saying there was no service on the terrace. So many many visitors went in , bought what they wished and took it to the terrace to eat.

The owners could not manage the staffing of the terraces as they had no idea when people might arrive, how many might arrive. They really wanted to give a better experience to their guests and also would like to give some work to someone.

So when #smartrural is up and running it should be possible to give some advance warning or at least use some algorithms to try to assist owners when demand might rise.

A combination of weather forecasts, historical information on visitor numbers, nearby events, special promotions in local attractions,  opening hours, traffic movements out of cities, should all provide information to give service providers advace warning that would enable them to adjust staffing levels, food purchases etc etc.

This information is all there, it just needs to be brought together and used. There is little doubt that if it was working then the experience of customers would be better and this might make them return more frequently. #smart rural