In light of the population ageing problem in Hong Kong, Towngas, in collaboration with several other social welfare organisations, launched the “Sending Warmth to Thousands with Smart Technology” programme to support the elderly. The programme provides free installation of Smart Controllers
and Smart Meters
for 10,000 Hong Kong households in need, allowing the elderly and their families to monitor the status of their cooking appliances remotely, and turn off the appliances in an emergency with a mobile app, making them particularly handy for the elderly with mild cognitive impairment and their carers.
Towngas has developed its own Smart Controllers and Smart Gas Meters, incorporating the Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The Smart Controller can be connected to a user’s existing cooking appliance, allowing the users to monitor the appliance’s status through their mobile phones and turn it off remotely anytime and anywhere, fitting the needs of the elderly for “ageing in place”. On the other hand, the Smart Meter is equipped with an automatic meter reading function, eliminating the need for seniors to read their own meters. When the meter detects abnormal usage or leakage, it will automatically cut off the gas supply to further ensure home safety.
To enhance the safety of the elderly at home and reduce the burden on carers, Towngas, together with social welfare organisations like the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the Hong Kong Housing Society, the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, and the Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service, has launched the “Sending Warmth to Thousands with Smart Technology” donation programme. Through social welfare organisations that provide services for individuals with cognitive impairment, 10,000 sets of Smart Controllers and Smart Meters were donated to families in need, with free on-site installation.
Mr Daniel Fung Man-kit (2nd from left), Head of Strategy & Innovation and Commercial – Hong Kong Utility of Towngas; Mr Chua Hoi-wai (centre), Chief Executive of Hong Kong Council of Social Service; Dr Carmen Ng Ka-man (1st from left), General Manager (Elderly Services) of Hong Kong Housing Society; Ms Wong Chui-yan (2nd from right), Assistant Director of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council; and Ms Winnie Chan Wan-ling (1st from right), Assistant General Secretary of Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service, at the press conference of the “Sending Warmth to Thousands with Smart Technology” donation programme.
With the Smart Controller connected to the appliance, users can monitor the appliance status from their mobile devices and turn off the stove remotely anytime, anywhere.