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How can IoT improve our smart living while ageing well?

We need rigorous impact assessment methodologies, involving multidisciplinary teams (sociologists, gerontologists, health economics experts, etc.), to assess the benefits of smart living environments for ageing well based on the Internet of Things (IoT).

This is a guest blog post written by Mustapha Bouraoui, Vice-President Strategic Marketing-EMEA, STMicroelectronics and Chair of AIOTI working group on Smart living environment for ageing well

This is one of the main conclusions of the Intelligence and Recommendation Report recently published by AIOTI Working Group on Smart Living for Ageing Well (WG05), which addresses the Internet of Things technologies support to the continuous and salutary growth of the elderly population. This document is the result of an intensive teamwork led by a sub-group of high level experts from different corporations. They have counted on great, dynamic and motivated support from more than 200 individuals from fairly diversified companies and background, registered in our Working Group.

These experts have carried out a comprehensive analysis of the on-going initiatives in the context of the Elderly care, and concerning four technological dimensions of an IoT ecosystem: Overall Architecture, Communication infrastructure, Smart sensors and actuators, User interfaces. Once the analysis done, we describe the topics, give examples on how the industry has implemented them, and provide recommendations on these specific topics.

Our recommendations mainly focus on the end-users physical, emotional and cultural specificities, helping them to adapt and change their self-perception. We are also addressing various stakeholders such as IoT technology providers and enablers, applications providers, integrators as well as institutions representing the end users. Concerning both of them, we consider that the IoT solutions should increase the efficiency of care, promote independence and improve the quality of life of senior citizens.

Related to this, the Large Scale Pilots (LSPs) will strengthen the global position of the European industry in IoT developments for ageing well. The platforms and tools will be used to create and manage integrated IoT products and services for ageing well, personalised health and energy management at home and on-the-move. The LSPs should also strengthen the potential of Europe to become a global leader in this field, including the use/development of global interoperability standards.

As Chair of Working Group 5, I am proud that we have contributed to the deployment of technological aspects as well as to the end-user acceptability and to potential business models for Smart Living for Ageing Well. It's now our momentum to promote the development of a European IoT ecosystem and to agree on the next steps, which will be thoroughly discussed during the next AIOTI General Assembly.

Meanwhile, our focus is on our active participation in the Info Days dedicated to the IoT LSP calls as well as any forum or conference addressing the Smart Living issues.

Don't hesitate to contact me via my LinkedIn profile

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Hyun Lee's picture

The Report on Smart Living Environment for Ageing Well (AIOTI WG05) was a lengthy but informative read. I noticed you mentioned the next AIOTI General Assembly - when will this take place and can we expect you to share the topics of discussion?

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Dear Hyun,

Thanks for your feedbacks. The date of the next AIOTI assembly general is not yet fixed and you'll be notified as soon as it's done. Meanwhile, WG5 will have a call meeting within the next few weeks. There will be a communication on the AITOI WG5 website accordingly. Stay tuned !