Ambient Assisted Living
Ambient Assisted Living (known as AAL) includes methods, concepts, (electronic) systems, devices as well as services that are providing unobtrusive support for daily life based on context and the situation of the assisted person.
The technologies applied for AAL are user-centric, i.e. oriented towards the needs and capabilities of the actual user. They are also integrated into the immediate personal environment of the user. As a consequence, the technology is adapting to the user rather than the other way around.
In order to share relevant information between systems and services, technologies for AAL should ideally be based on modular and interoperable concepts.
A main driver for the development of AAL technologies is Population ageing. AAL technologies can be instrumental in tackling the massively increasing cost of healthcare. Another driver is the rising number of single person households in combination with rising expectations towards the quality of life.
AAL technologies also cater towards the increasing demand of safety, comfortable living environments as well as the increasing demand for communication and stronger social interaction with others.
Fraunhofer AICOS intends to address mainly the needs of the ageing population, to reduce innovation barriers of forthcoming promising markets, but also to lower future social security costs, by the use of intelligent products and the provision of remote services including care services that extend the time senior citizens can live in their home environment by increasing their autonomy and assisting them in carrying out activities of daily living.
The research and development of Ambient Assisted Living solutions by Fraunhofer AICOS has as primary target user group the Ageing and Elderly, with the objective of:
- Extending the time people can live in their preferred environment by increasing their autonomy, self-confidence and mobility;
- Maintaining health and functional capability of the elderly individuals;
- Promoting a better and healthier lifestyle for individuals at risk;
- Enhancing the security, to prevent social isolation and to support maintaining the multifunctional network around the individual;
- Supporting carers, families and care organisations;
- Increasing the efficiency and productivity of used resources in the ageing societies.