Objectives

To ensure the overall project success, the following objectives need to be considered throughout the project:

  • Consider the end user’s fears. If these fears are reduced, elderly will be more willing to take active part in the self-serve society and due to their higher self-efficacy, their mobility will be increased tremendously. Due to the rapid ICT development in the last years, systems to provide comprehensive safety at home are now feasible.
  • The need for self-efficacy asks for a minimal intrusive technology that will not be noticed by other persons (like visitors) and will not interfere with ADL.
  • Ethical and legal issues have to be considered. Local laws on privacy and the European Directive on the Privacy of data (95/46/EC) have to be taken into account.
  • Due to long cycles of innovation in the field of building services engineering, many existing technologies are still not established yet. Thus our focus does not lie on installing FEARLESS into new buildings, but on the backfitting into existing houses/flats – no matter how old they are.
  • The straightforward integration of an ambient assisted technology in already existing buildings/houses/flats is essential. There is no need for opening up the wall, as FEARLESS can be easily installed without installing a huge amount of sensors, as everything is integrated into one single sensor unit.
  • Widely dissemination can only be achieved, if the users and vendors are aware of this technology and the installation of such a system does not require highly specialized companies. The cooperation with electricians facilitates to accomplish this objective.
  • The environment of elderly may change by time, as their daily routines may do as well (e.g. by dementia) – hence, the system has to adapt to new end user needs. FEARLESS is flexible to adapt to new needs for detecting risks (e.g. falls) or behavioural changes (e.g. during their daily routines).
  • An AAL security system has to work autonomously, as people may not be able to report an incident on their own (depending on the incident). A system which visually and acoustically detects and identifies risks is able to cope with different incidents in a correct manner.
  • An ambient assisted living system has to be affordable. To address these needs, FEARLESS is made of standard low-cost components to facilitate a low-cost system which is affordable for everyone.