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Sensors 2014, 14(6), 9776-9812; doi:10.3390/s140609776

A Multi-Collaborative Ambient Assisted Living Service Description Tool

Grupo de Investigación Tecnodiscap-welltech, I3A, Universidad de Zaragoza, María de Luna 1, Zaragoza 50018, Spain
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Received: 14 March 2014 / Revised: 28 April 2014 / Accepted: 26 May 2014 / Published: 3 June 2014
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Abstract

Collaboration among different stakeholders is a key factor in the design of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) environments and services. Throughout several AAL projects we have found repeated difficulties in this collaboration and have learned lessons by the experience of solving real situations. This paper highlights identified critical items for collaboration among technicians, users, company and institutional stakeholders and proposes as a communication tool for a project steering committee a service description tool which includes information from the different fields in comprehensible format for the others. It was first generated in the MonAMI project to promote understanding among different workgroups, proven useful there, and further tested later in some other smaller AAL projects. The concept of scalable service description has proven useful for understanding of different disciplines and for participatory decision making throughout the projects to adapt to singularities and partial successes or faults of each action. This paper introduces such tool, relates with existing methodologies in cooperation in AAL and describes it with a example to offer to AAL community. Further work on this tool will significantly improve results in user-centered design of sustainable services in AAL. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ambient Assisted Living (AAL); multidisciplinary; assistive technology; collaboration; sustainability; services provision Ambient Assisted Living (AAL); multidisciplinary; assistive technology; collaboration; sustainability; services provision
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Falcó, J.L.; Vaquerizo, E.; Artigas, J.I. A Multi-Collaborative Ambient Assisted Living Service Description Tool. Sensors 2014, 14, 9776-9812.

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