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Fagerberg G.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2011

Objective. The field of ambient assisted living (AAL) is attracting increasing attention from policymakers, industry and the general public. The reason is the growing number of elderly persons and the opportunities provided by new technological advances. The objective of MonAMI (Mainstreaming on Ambient Intelligence) is to demonstrate that accessible and useful services for elderly and disabled persons at home can be delivered on a mainstream, open-standard, flexible platform. A number of issues related to the market, exploitation, policies and business opportunities are also being addressed. Main content. The technology base for delivering the MonAMI services is the MonAMI platform developed from mainstream, open-source components in an OSGi framework with a touch screen computer as the central element. Other parts are a Universal Control Hub as the user interfaces server, wireless sensor networks and a remote service management function. The total is a platform flexible enough to deliver a wide range of different services and facilitate future development and addition of services in a cost-effective manner. The services developed have been grouped into five packages: AMiSURE for safety and security, AMiCASA for home control, AMiVUE for home status information, AMiPAL for time management and AMiPLAY for games. The technology and the services have been installed and evaluated in the homes of 62 users in Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. Results. The field trial ran for three months ending in March 2011. The evaluation covers the benefit to the users as well as operational parameters, reliability and scalability. Conclusions. MonAMI has provided a proof of concept of the benefit and feasibility of AAL services over a home platform. The challenge now is to create a mainstream market for AAL applications, i.e. an ecosystem that provides economic opportunities while addressing the social necessity of our ageing society. MonAMI has identified a three-phase roadmap to that end. © 2011 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved. Source


Tjader C.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

Managing the own economy via Internet is becoming increasingly necessary. People with cognitive disability and older persons do not often have access to e-ID. Efforts have been made to manage the own economy via mainstream services. The network of EDeAN with its knowledge about standardization and DfA could be a resource to develop a strategy or road map for aiming for accessible e-Bank Services for All. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved. Source


Dahlback J.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

The Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology runs two projects which analyzes how the use of technology in school can support pupils with disability. The projects have been following the pupils and offering them different kinds of support with the aim to prepare them for a future employment or further studies. To be able to identify the pupils and their disabilities, an instrument called the School Setting Interview (SSI) has been used. The SSI is an occupational therapy assessment developed at Linköping University in Sweden. The projects have employed occupational therapists to perform the interviews of the pupils. Occupational therapist is not a common profession in the Swedish schools. In the preparation of the projects it was needed to include this profession with the aim to expand the perspective of the pupils and their needs of support. So far, approximately 400 pupils have been interviewed. A majority of the interviewed pupils have a cognitive disability or dyslexia. More than 50 percent of these pupils had no earlier on documented diagnosis. The results so far indicate that the SSI instrument has made it possible for the pupils to explain their situation for the occupational therapists about their situation in school. The most common assistive technologies which have been distributed to the pupils in the projects are tablet computers and smartphones with different kind of applications, scanner mice, spelling programs and time-aids. It is too early to draw general conclusions from the projects. However we have indications that the pupils perceive that different kind of assistive technology can help them in school. One of the projects, which is financed by the Swedish Government, will end in September and then we will be able to present for instance quantitative and qualitative data from about 400 - 500 students, evaluation of the experience of the occupational therapist's competence in school and a socio-economic analysis. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved. Source


Dahlberg R.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

The demographic development implies that the number of older persons with care needs is increasing while it will be more difficult to recruit staff to the elderly care. In the gap arising there is a belief that welfare technology can play an important role saving time for tasks that demands human hands. The welfare technology used in this study showed that the cost could be reduced for the municipality and benefits the users. Supervision with a web camera showed to be a good complement to physical visits. Users, significant others and the staff were all positive in terms of satisfaction, sleeping quality and safety aspects. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved. Source


Frick-Meijer O.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

This paper describes the background, the achievements and the challenges ahead of standardization within the field of assistive technology based on the work coordinated and done in ISO and CEN Technical Committees 'Assistive products for persons with disability'. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved. Source

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