Scotland welcomes UK’s first smart retirement village including Alexa technology


Commsworld and retailTRUST have introduced the UK’s first major use of smart technology in an assisted living setting to a Scottish retirement community.

The Hugh Fraser Retirement Estate in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, now ensures each home is fitted with smart technology and sensors, to give residents total control of heating, lighting activation and doorbells – all managed using the Alexa platform.

The high-speed connectivity solution is installed in around 120 homes across the retirement village.

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Residents can also benefit from a greater range of interaction as they can make telephone calls through the platform, as well as listen to music and the radio.

The project is part of a partnership between Edinburgh-based Commsworld and retailTRUST, a trade charity for the retail sector and leading UK assisted living provider.

Installations were completed in February 2020, just in time to allow residents to stay connected with family throughout the UK’s lockdown.

Ricky Nicol, chief executive at Commsworld, said: “We are delighted to provide this valuable solution to the residents and staff at the retailTRUST Newton Mearns estate in East Renfrewshire.

“At Commsworld, we pride ourselves in providing high level networking and connectivity solutions across a range of sectors, but it gives us a great deal of satisfaction to see the level of independence and joy our work has provided to the retailTRUST residents.

“As it is the first time that a project of this magnitude has been carried out in the UK, we hope that this innovation will be a driving force behind establishing further smart home villages throughout the country. It is the residents that ultimately reap the benefits of a full and fulfilling retirement.”

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