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Independent Living for Today's Society: Understanding the Elderly and Disabled for Tomorrows Inclusive Smart Home Solution

Independent Living for Today's Society: Understanding the Elderly and Disabled for Tomorrows Inclusive Smart Home Solution

Objective

With a growing trend in the uptake of advanced ICTs to assist in everyday tasks; ubiquitous computing is an integral part of the modern European society. However, those who are either incapacitated or elderly are often unable to take advantage of the opportunities offered by ICT. The dynamic nature and changing demands of the future European society is inevitably going to have socio-economic implications - with social inclusion at the forefront. Home automation is a $1.3bn industry with an estimated market value of $10bn by 2010, however the smart home market is an area with limited flexibility for the changing European society. The current solutions are expensive and require extensive expertise for operation. The market itself is fragmented, with the dominating players residing in the USA and Middle-East, as are the contributing devices/interfaces to the technology with little or no consideration for differing needs and abilities of the end-user. The Digital Smart Home Solution (DSHS) is a home automation system that will act as the ‘glue’ to integrate third-party devices compliant with the EIB/KNX communication standards. It will do so by providing a low-cost server architecture – the central intelligence unit (CIU) – comprising of a physical server (interfacing the devices), a software-based service gateway with underlying artificial intelligence capable of adapting the system to the intended user(s) and environment, and a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI). Current limitations lie within ascertaining the system requirements of the disabled and elderly for such as system, as well as allowing the retro-fitting of third-party devices to become compliant with the DSHS. Furthermore, specific user-system interaction will need to be further investigated to provide ultimate user convenience.

Coordinator

THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

Address

Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
Le13 0pb Melton Mowbray

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 7 965

Administrative Contact

John Danvers (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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ZENON S.A. ROBOTICS AND INFORMATICS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 4 085

Promoveo Technology Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 255 277

NAVTEL SYSTEMS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 220 578

UNIVERZITA TOMASE BATI VE ZLINE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 1 305

FAITH & GANTRY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 107 991

PEREZ NIETO INVERSIONES Y GESTION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 65 204

Gladedale Holdings Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 21 262

Gestion y Desarrollo de Obras y Servicios

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 36 946

Union Home Systems Limited

United Kingdom

AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE

Greece

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222165

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2008

  • End date

    31 October 2010

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 955 308

  • EU contribution

    € 720 613

Coordinated by:

THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

United Kingdom