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10 December 2012

10th December, Monday




Flats may get more elderly-friendly features

Source: Today

Under a proposed monitoring system, family members can be notified by Short Message Service (SMS) if panic buttons around their elderly relative's flat are activated, or when smoke is detected in the home.

Automation could also feature in elderly-friendly homes, enabling seniors to control household appliances - such as air-conditioners, fans and lights - using a portable handheld device, an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab, for instance. And in case keys are misplaced, a fingerprint door lock system storing a minimum of 10 fingerprints could be relied on to unlock apartment doors.

These are some possibilities the Housing and Development Board (HDB) has listed on an eldercare home solution tender it put up on the Government's e-procurement website GeBIZ on 22 November.

According to tender documents, the chosen supplier must maintain the systems for two years after the eldercare home solution has been commissioned and installed.


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Dual-key EC units getting more popular

Source: Today

Dual-key units in executive condominiums (ECs) are rising in demand among home-seekers.

Developer MCC Land said its executive condominium project One Canberra sold out its 95 dual-key apartments within a month, from when the project was launched in April.

The developer is now confident that its new project, the EC Forestville, will also do well. The number of dual-key apartments there is twice that of such units in a usual EC development.

Located in Woodlands, the project has 653 units, 201 of which are dual-key apartments with three to five bedrooms. Sizes range from 1240 to 2150 sq ft.


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