The idea that was to become Acticheck had been in our founder’s mind for several years before the opportunity occured to explore with local business people and experienced engineers whether the vision could be made real – and if it was something worth doing.
Creating a new system to look after active solo seniors would have to be done right and that was going to take a lot of time and effort. It would also take a fair amount of money. Local businessmen, including an experienced manufacturer, shared the vision and decided to support the Assure.
In January of 2014 Acticheck Ltd was set up as a limited company (Reg:08852416) and the project got underway in an office based in Saffron Walden, south of Cambridge.
The journey has been exciting. Along the way we have won European Regional Development Funding, been recognised with major international design awards and secured runner-up place in a global competition run by BT looking for the best innovations for ‘family, friends & community’.
Acticheck are members of the Telecare Services Association, the industry body which sets standards for technology enabled care.
In his spare time Bill enjoys outdoor pursuits and is a keen cyclist.
His career started with Coutts Bank (you may as well start at the top) and has included working as a school bursar and financial analyst.
Apart from keeping us on top of the bills, David is always keen to keep us from going hungry in the offices with a particular favourite being custard & jam doughnuts all round
David is also a good sport and can be seen in our User Guide and on the website modelling the Assure in a number of situations.
Karl Gibbs, our founder, had a discussion with his mother, an active ‘solo senior’, who asked if there was a way of confirming she was OK each day. He decided to look at available solutions that:
However he couldn’t find anything suitable.
Karl thought technology could achieve something far better for his mother (and others) and teamed up with accomplished engineers, manufacturing experts and award-winning designers.
The concept became the Assure which has now won its own international design awards and has secured runner-up spot in a global competition run by BT for innovation to support ‘Family, friends and community’.
Coming back to where the ideas came from, Karl’s mother is safer now, as are the many satisfied users.