Hampshire Technology Investment Saves almost £100 million
Hampshire County Council investment leads to almost £100 million savings.
18:04 29 October 2018
Hampshire County Council’s £48.8million investment in technology has led to almost £100million savings. The programme involves the use of mobile devices for its staff and using Amazon’s Alexa voice activated technology to support adults with physical activities, among others.
Councillor Roy Perry said: “Our intention from the beginning was to exploit the latest technology to help us find better and more cost effective ways of meeting the needs of Hampshire residents, across a diverse range of service areas. In this way, we can help to meet the funding gap we face, rather than making reductions to frontline services.
“Through the use of mobile devices, staff are now able to work more flexibly and make much better use of their time, which means more hours spent supporting people in the community – which is making a real difference, particularly with some of our most vulnerable residents.”
He added: “The council’s trial of Amazon’s Alexa voice activated technology to support adults with physical disabilities, to continue living independently in their own homes, has been widely reported nationally as a ground-breaking development.
“As a result of its success, we have committed a further £6 million to a project to help parents of carers of children and young people with disabilities. This will involve the installation of devices such as video and epilepsy monitors, movement sensors and humidity pads – with the aim of enabling parents and carers to gain more sleep, and helping them cope with the demands of their caring responsibilities.”
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