Case Studies

Community WiFi: Blackwood Homes & Care

As a result of disabilities, age, or complex care needs, Blackwood’s customers are traditionally among the most digitally excluded people in Scotland.
Internet access has been found to improve the quality of life of older people and people with disabilities. Being digitally included improves measures of psychological well-being and reduces feelings of social isolation or loneliness as well as improving cognitive performance in later life. However, in Scotland, as with other areas of the UK, people with disabilities and older people are two of the most digitally excluded groups in society.

The case study covers the pilot in late 2017 and the subsequent project to provide connectivity to over 80 sites across Scotland to support the CleverCogs system, Blackwood’s touchscreen home hub installed in customers’ properties.

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