HABITAT: An IoT Solution for Independent Elderly

Sensors (Basel). 2019 Mar 12;19(5):1258. doi: 10.3390/s19051258.


In this work, a flexible and extensive digital platform for Smart Homes is presented, exploiting the most advanced technologies of the Internet of Things, such as Radio Frequency Identification, wearable electronics, Wireless Sensor Networks, and Artificial Intelligence. Thus, the main novelty of the paper is the system-level description of the platform flexibility allowing the interoperability of different smart devices. This research was developed within the framework of the operative project HABITAT (Home Assistance Based on the Internet of Things for the Autonomy of Everybody), aiming at developing smart devices to support elderly people both in their own houses and in retirement homes, and embedding them in everyday life objects, thus reducing the expenses for healthcare due to the lower need for personal assistance, and providing a better life quality to the elderly users.

Keywords: Ambient Assisted Living; Internet of Things; Smart Home; User-Centered Design; active aging; elderly; independent.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Artificial Intelligence*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male