By David Ranii.
Raleigh startup K4Connect’s innovative Internet-of-Things technology is now being deployed close to home – at The Cardinal at North Hills, a new senior living community in the midtown section of Raleigh.
K4Connect announced Wednesday that The Cardinal has installed its K4Community technology, a software platform that seamlessly connects multiple devices regardless of the manufacturer or the wireless technology they use, in 225 residential apartments. It enables residents of senior living facilities, known as senior living communities, to remotely manage tasks such as managing their room temperature and turning lights off and on – as well as monitoring their health, receiving medication reminders and keeping on top of community events.
“K4 is really on the cutting edge of using technology to help” seniors as well as “individuals with mobility challenges,” said Tom Ford, executive director of The Cardinal. The Cardinal, which just opened on Friday, is one of 23 senior living communities in seven states owned by Kisco Senior Living of Carlsbad, Calif.
Technologies that compete with K4Community offer a piecemeal approach, while K4Community “brings it together in one package,” Ford said. In addition, he added, the technology can be adapted to accomodate other devices and other functions.
“We talk about it being ‘future-proof,’” said Derek Holt, president of K4Connect.
K4Connect has raised nearly $10 million from investors and has signed contracts with nearly 20 senior communities for K4Community. The company has 27 employees today and is currently looking to fill 10 open positions.
K4Connect co-founder and CEO Scott Moody previously founded the company that created the fingerprint sensor technology used in Apple iPhones, which Apple acquired for $356 million.