What is 3rings trying to do?
The inspiration behind 3rings is Steves 84 year old mum and Gareths nan, we wanted to find a simple way to help families look after their ageing loved ones, regardless of distance and time pressures.
Everything we do is about answering the question Is my ageing mum and/or dad OK today?
It was that focus that led to the invention of the 3rings Plug — the plug that cares.
The 3rings Plug
The 3rings Plug is our first Internet of Things (IoT) device that gives the family peace of mind just by mum making a morning cup of tea or dad turning on the TV to watch his favourite show.
But the story doesnt end there…its where it begins!
The predicted rise of the Internet of Things — with a forecast 50 billion things connected to the Internet by 2020 — will change the whole way we look at almost everything we do.
The Internet of Things
So what is a thing? Well, its basically anything that has the ability to be connected to the Internet and provide some data (no matter how small). This means everything — kettles, ovens, fridges, doorbells, lights, even you and me. So without initially changing the way we live, the flow of data from all these things will provide the basis for massive change to our lives.
The IoT tsunami will shift the current content driven world towards a sensor driven world. Access to sensor data from things will allow intelligence to be created that provides guidance, knowledge and help, and will prove to be a quantum shift in everyones lives.
In our particular sphere, family and social care of our ageing population has the potential to be improved dramatically.
That is why in answering the question Is my ageing mum and/or dad OK today? we have built and continue to develop a distributed family care platform that is things agnostic and can take sensor data from all new things as they arrive.
The 3rings Platform
Whether the things provide data about temperature, motion or specific activities then the 3rings platform will harness that data to simply allow families to provide an ever increasingly strong safety net that passively and actively helps look after ageing loved ones.
We believe that without massive intrusion, or changing the way our loved ones want to live life, the 3rings platform can harness the power of the Internet of Things to provide protection and safety to our ageing loved ones
Allowing your loved ones to maintain their independence for longer and in a dignified way reduces stress and anxiety for them, your family and professional health and care workers.
So for 3rings its not about the plug, its about the Platform that will allow evolving technology to give everyone peace of mind in the care of their ageing loved ones.
Where does the 3rings name come from?
In the time before mobile phones and the Internet, communication between families was limited. 3 rings was a code that families created to know if gran was ok or had gotten home or kids were just leaving their friends etc etc.
It worked like this: one person would use a good old-fashioned telephone to ring the family number and let it ring 3 times; that code said I am OK.
3rings Care has taken that simple concept and enhanced it for the world of the Internet so now all the family can be kept in the loop.