Ericsson and Orange use the IoT to help keep seniors connected

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By Ryan Daws |
15th October 2020 | TechForge Media



Editor at TechForge Media. Often sighted at global tech conferences with a coffee in one hand and laptop in the other. If it’s geeky, I’m probably into it.

Ericsson and Orange are using their IoT expertise to help keep seniors connected with family, friends, and caregivers in what could be a very lonely time.

The COVID-19 pandemic is cruel in so many ways. Beyond the physical health impacts – including the long-term effects we’re only just beginning to understand – it is also causing financial burdens, mental health issues, and feelings of isolation.

Many youngsters are tech-savvy and already use means such as online gaming to help remain connected, but there are many in older generations that feel completely disconnected and left behind.

GrandPad is a tablet designed specifically for seniors to connect with the wider world through simple video calling, voice, text and email, and easy photo sharing. It even supports a person’s individual interests with unlimited music, streaming radio, news, games, and more.

Scott Lien, Co-Founder and CEO of GrandPad, said:

“Mobile devices have been a lifesaver during COVID-19, but challenges around WiFi, including its availability and reliability, often prevent older …

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