ESA is releasing the Health View health app to help isolated citizens

Concern view: GNSS location data is used to display ‘focal points’. Image credit: USDL

Luxembourg, 16 February 2021 – How space adds value: The European Space Agency (ESA) is developing a GNSS-based healthcare app called Care View to identify vulnerable and socially isolated elderly residents in the Covid-19 pandemic, ESA said.

The application, developed in collaboration with ESA Space Solutions, an agency that supports entrepreneurs and the British Laboratory for Sustainable Urban Development (USDL), uses smartphone technology to help identify vulnerable individuals and present ‘heat maps’ to healthcare professionals across the city.

Care View began as a pioneering field project in the British city of Leeds in 2016 when the City Council engaged with the most disadvantaged part of the population – “individuals who” swallowed “in the city and lost due to multiple challenges of field work.

An initial 12-month trial highlighted the impact and effectiveness of Care View in Leeds. In the next phase of the project, it was designed directly by the users, with the support of space technology. The two main features of Care View, a secure heat map of social isolation hotspots and a tool for signposts to support services, have been expanded and improved.

ESA and USDL are now directing Care View towards its commercial expansion and plan to launch it with potential customers in Germany and Denmark.