Hotspot tries to tackle the issue of excess deaths due to extreme temperature caused by global warming. As of now, there are 40,000 excess deaths in the UK due to extreme-temperature related issues. This figure is predicted to increase by 250% by 2050 due to our changing climate and an aging population.
Hotspot is an app that links to sensors which monitor a person’s real-time health and environmental conditions. By bringing together key data about the surrounding environment, the patient’s real-time health and medical history – it can identify any person’s health risk in relation to extreme temperatures. When the health risk is high and threat of heat related injury is imminent, a notification is sent through the app to caregivers to act.
This means building owners can use the existing Hotspot data to make informed decisions about their property and thus sufficiently adapt it to our changing climate.
The app has the direct benefit of saving the lives of the vulnerable. However, it also works on a long-term, more fundamental aspect, as the data transmitted by the app could inform and thus change the way houses are built to be more resilient for the coming extreme temperature fluctuations.