Matching Requirements for Ambient Assisted Living and Enhanced Living Environments with Networking Technologies

Thomas Zinner, Florian Wamser, Helmut Leopold, Ciprian Dobre, Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis, Nuno M. Garcia

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Enhanced Living Environments (ELE) comprise information and communication technologies (ICT) supporting true Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). It promotes the provision of infrastructures and services for the independent or more autonomous living, via seamless integration of ICT within homes and residences. For this, ELE encompasses the latest developments associated with the Internet of Things, towards services designed for a better help and support for people, or as a general term, to better live their life and interact with their environment.Both, in AAL and ELE, a multitude of heterogeneous applications, involving different stakeholders, have to communicate via a common network environment. Hence, infrastructures have to become pervasive, with an increasing number of distributed devices that will need to communicate between themselves, as well as with centralized services. Moreover, in the context of mobility, temporary co-location of devices will be exploited to build dynamic networks, without a pre-requisite infrastructure, or to complement existing communication infrastructures with ad-hoc ones. The current networking infrastructures are mostly based on the Internet, and were not designed to support the varying requirements for the dynamic interaction processes between human beeings, sensors and systems.The contribution of this book chapter is to understand the technological barriers hindering the widespread realworld usage of AAL/ELE systems and to identify technologies which may help to overcome them. We briefly review the application domains of AAL and ELE, and summarize domains, applications and stakeholders. Necessary requirements are highlighted and state-of-the-art technologies are evaluated against them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbient Assisted Living and Enhanced Living Environments
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples, Technologies and Control
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9780128052822
ISBN (Print)9780128051955
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2016


  • Ambient assisted living
  • Application domains
  • Enhanced living environments
  • Networking technologies
  • Requierement analysis
  • Stakeholder analysis


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