Project Hydra

Smart Care from Smart Meters

Acute Technology initiated and project managed “Project Hydra”. This innovative collaborative R&D project demonstrated that it was possible to use a smart meter telecoms infrastructure to deploy other value-added applications into the home – in particular telecare and telehealth applications.

The project developed and demonstrated:

  • ZigBee Healthcare Profile devices (weighing scales, blood pressure meters, pulse oximeters, blood glucose meters, PIR motion sensors and others) communicating with a ZigBee controller in the smart meter.
  • Communications between the smart meter and the Internet.
  • Secure deployment of new applications into the smart meter using Java Card secure microcontrollers.

For more information, please visit the Project Hydra website.