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Approaching ambient intelligent home care systems

: Becker, M.; Werkman, E.; Anastasopoulos, M.; Kleinberger, T.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society -EMBS-; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-:
1st International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2006. CD-ROM : Innsbruck, Austria, November 29 - December 1st, 2006
Innsbruck, 2006
10 S.
International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare <1, 2006, Innsbruck>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
Assisted Personal Health; ambient intelligence; home care system; system architecture; integrated approach

Ambient Intelligence based home care systems (AHCS) have the potential to overcome problems current home care systems are facing with. On the downside, engineering full-fledged AHCS is a non-trivial task, and convincing solutions are still lacking. Current approaches still are focused mainly on technology rather than the user perspective and fail to address usability issues. Additionally, most solutions have a narrow focus, are not context-aware, and have difficulties to integrate with other living assistance solutions. This results in reduced assistance. In this paper, we (i) motivate the application of Ambient Intelligence technology for home care systems and identify shortcomings of current solutions, (ii) outline an integrated system approach to full-fledged AHCS, and (iii) introduce the amiCA system.