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|Title: ||Review of the current status of research on smart homes and other domestic assistive technologies in support of the TAHI trials|
|Authors: ||Poulson, David|
|Issue Date: ||2002|
|Citation: ||POULSON, D., NICOLLE, C.A. and GALLEY, M., 2002. Review of the current status of research on smart homes and other domestic assistive technologies in support of the TAHI trials. Loughborough: Loughborough University|
|Abstract: ||The study provides an overview of developments in smart home technology and its
use in the assistive technology sector. It includes an extensive literature review and
detailed descriptions of current smart home installations in the UK and Europe.
The report highlights the complexity of providing products and services in this area,
and the relative immaturity of smart home technology in this sector. Many of the
available products have emerged from office automation technologies developed for
use in building control applications or from small niche markets in the assistive
sector. Smart home developments have also concentrated on home control
applications, but larger potential markets are also now being identified in other areas.
Many of the trials described use technology to improve the safety and security of
older and disabled people, concentrating more on the monitoring rather than home
The report also demonstrates the practical difficulties faced in developing services in
this sector. For many organisations these have been exploratory first steps in the use
of technology to support care, and this lack of experience is reflected in common
difficulties in specification and installation of equipment especially when retrofitting
installations into buildings.
Many developments have suffered from the lack of relevant experience of electrical
and other contractors, so that it has proved difficult for organisations to identify both
suppliers of equipment and people with the skills to install the technology. In the
majority of cases there has been no formal evaluation of the developments, and it is
therefore difficult to obtain evidence of the costs and benefits of using such
technology to provide care and support independent living.|
|Description: ||Prepared for the Department of Trade and Industry in support of The Application Home Initiative (TAHI).|
|Appears in Collections:||Official Reports (Design School)|
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