China tracks its elderly population in Beijing
The government of China is digitally tracking the activities of people over the age of 80 years living in capital Beijing. This is part of an effort to improve services for the country’s rapidly growing elderly population.
With each swipe of the multipurpose senior card called Beijing Connect, data relating to the senior citizen goes into a massive database. This will help predict what services will be needed and that the budget is available to put services in place in the future.
The card also functions as an ID and gives the elderly access to public transport and public parks. The government also tops up the card with 100 yuan (US$15) each month, and cardholders can activate an additional function to enable them to use it as a bank card onto which money can be transferred from an account.