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An integrated approach to Smart House technology for people with disabilities

Medical Engineering and Physics

Author: Allen, B.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1996


It is now commonly accepted that Smart House technology can play a significant part in helping both elderly and disabled people enjoy a greater degree of independence in the near future. In order to realize this aspiration, it is necessary to examine a number of factors: the development of the appropriate Home Bus technologies and supported devices; the development of the appropriate user interfaces that will allow people with a range of special needs use the system; the incorporation of the requirements of the Smart House controller with the other technological needs of the user; and the development of mainstream technologies that will affect the cost and availability of devices to the user. This paper will examine the above points and suggest appropriate actions and trends. It will draw upon the work of a four-member consortium currently finalizing a technical development project under the EC TIDE program, the experience of research and commercial organizations engaged in development work in associated areas and the experiences of the Dublin-based, Central Remedial Clinic and in particular, its Client Technical Services Unit. The CTSU have been actively engaged in the development of systems for clients and direct clinical assessments for the last 12 years.

Further Details

Pages: 203-206
Volume: 18
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 29.1.04
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 21/08/2013
Keywords: mobilityolderhousing improvementtelecommunicationassistive devicedisabilities
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