Icon Smart Living AAL (Ambient Assisted Living)

Practical example and current challenges

  • The elderly, sick, or care-dependent people are especially faced with one question: Do I stay home, or do I move to a nursing home?
  • One objective of “Smart Living” is to help the person concerned maintain their independence and quality of life, despite health limitations. The ability for them to stay in their own home is an essential factor here.
  • To make this possible, an optimal living environment needs to be created with the affected person, their relatives, the care and emergency services, insurance companies, local authorities, and, if necessary, the housing company. Solutions that provide assistance with everyday life (Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solutions) can be a great help here. AAL solutions comprise alarms to monitor and/or signal an emergency, smoke, water, and stove use, door openers and sensors, sensors to detect absence and monitor getting up and inactivity, and internet-based communication services and voice assistants.
  • Through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), it is now possible to develop processes that incorporate existing sensor and actuator technology and offer better care and decision-making support by linking information from all data sources together. For example, information on electricity consumption, i.e. from smart meter data, could also be used to obtain important indicators of activity/inactivity or for monitoring residents.
  • In addition, there are all kinds of services supporting everyday life up to the professional care and support of the affected person. It is essential that the array of processes concerned are coordinated between all service providers and systems involved and, in particular, information from AAL systems is made accessible to all the persons concerned so it can serve as an essential additional source of data.
  • In the case of pandemics and the associated restrictions on social contact in particular, the use of networked assistance solutions that assist with everyday life is of great importance for enabling the person affected to maintain their independence and quality of life in their interactions with other people.
Smart Living AAL (Ambient Assisted Living)

What added value does the "GAIA-X project" offer?

  • Solutions that provide assistance with everyday life are used in various domains, each with different requirements depending on the particular protection classes concerned (for example, equipment technology, energy, health, and personal data) GAIA-X-Governance enables all of these different requirements to be taken account of.
  • It is vital to ensure the data sovereignty of all participants, provided that GAIA-X methods for data exchange in the AAL area are applied and supported. AAL can thus use all available data sources without violating data protection rights.
  • Within the framework of GAIA-X, it would thus be possible to enable transparent and secure data exchange between the various actors (affected persons, relatives, care services, emergency call services, health insurance companies, and corresponding AAL platforms).

Use Case Team

  • Thomas Födisch – Bruderhaus Diakonie
  • Bruno Ristok – C&S Computer und Software
  • Florian Böhle – easierLife
  • Dr Jochen Zimmermann – easierLife
  • Dr Jochen Bauer – FAU Friedrich-Alexander-University
  • Birgid Eberhardt – GSW Society for settlement and housing construction Baden-Württemberg
  • Annette Hoppe – GSW Society for settlement and housing construction Baden-Württemberg
  • Jürgen Hofmann – Hakisa
  • Dr Markus Bell – PPC
  • Thomas Feld – Strategion
  • Hans-Josef Hotz – Social Association VdK Baden-Württemberg e.V.
  • Kerstin Hausmann – Aareon