This is a guest post by Melisa Merzitt
Smart house for people with disabilities
Many new Internet of things applications are comfort and safety oriented. They make it to where a user is able to regulate temperature and lightening in a room, manage door locks, activate signalization system, etc. With the assumption that, these applications promise its users comfort and manoeuvrability with household appliance, for people with disabilities and older people they mean essentially new level of possibilities in support of independent lifestyle.
Improvement of accessibility functions made smartphones applicable for far more broad range of people with disabilities. A lot of producers developed smartphones with a simpler and intuitively understandable interface. Such devices are far more suitable for older people who faced with difficulties at using smartphones due to impaired vision or hearing, problems with movement and insufficient mobility. Smartphones of the kind are already used as remotes for equipment of smart houses, smart vehicles and smart cities. They offer people with disabilities a simple in using tool, which would make it easier for them to move giving an opportunity to take part in economic and social life in a more full measure.
Industry experts agree upon Internet of things has a great potential in order to make it useful for people with disabilities. Shivpriya Sridhar, product marketing manager of Smart+Communities+IoT company Cisco, says, that her company is already taking well-directed efforts in order to make a fortune out of advantages of Internet of things for people with disabilities. «We believe that the most useful for them are going to be those applications, which are servicing connections of household appliances to home network and allowing users to automatically switch in and switch off such devices on the basis of day part and other fixed preferences, she says. – an ability to manage, for example, temperature and lightness can also be in demand among people with a mobility impairment. Besides that, Internet of things is able to significantly improve employment possibilities for them, make an independent life easier and improve social integration of people with disabilities».
Internet of things may greatly improve access to medicine assistance for older people and people with disabilities. Influence of Internet of things is going to be just enormous and, as a result, a patient will no longer go to a doctor, on the contrary, a doctor will come to a patient. Special sensors will follow a patient`s movements, medication taking, content of carbon dioxide in the building, creating a full image for specialists of medical institution, which will make it to where individual service will be possible and allow a patient to lead an independent way of life. In further perspective, it will have a favorable image of medical service cost. Ultimately, processes of standardization and normalization on the market will lead to medical equipment and infrastructure cost decreasing.
Home automation technologies out of all Internet of things applications, which are able to improve life of people with disabilities, home automation means or differently, smart house technologies are the most promising. Home automation technologies are used cameras and sensors of different kinds for data transfer into a smartphone, allowing it to manage lightness and temperature in the building at the distance, control household appliances operating, security systems and many other devices. In combination with an accessible smartphone interface, smart house technologies embrace a huge potential of possibilities for disabled people, improving quality and providing independency of their way of life. There are many examples:
• Home automation applications will allow blind people and those who barely see to manage household items operating, regulate temperature in the building with one click on the smartphone. It is very important, however, so these applications to be combined with a screen-reader program using by a smartphone or other special functions.
• Smart home technologies will help people with disordered motor function to manage everyday objects, access to which for disabled people will be difficult due to their disease such as light regulators, door locks and security system.
• For deaf people and those who can barely hear home automations means will be useful in order to increase safety. A deaf person cannot hear sounds signalizing about strangers in their homes however intellectual system of safety is able to compensate this problem: it will direct an alarm signal onto a phone of a user as soon as sensors fix a suspicious activity beyond their houses.
• Besides that, smart home technologies allow children and elderlies trustees to control everyday activity, operatively reminding about necessity of accomplishment of this or that prescribed actions or tasks.
Several companies have already mastered production of smart home platforms. Digital Life AT&T company is one of such platforms including classical options such as video cameras inside the house, remote control and temperature regulation, home light remote control, remote water leak detention, entry door code locks and so on.
Digital life AT&T company: from conception to active applications
Taking into account special needs of elderly people and disabled ones, Digital life was developed in order to help with leading an independent life emergency security. For example:
• Sensors placed at the foot of the bed sets the signal about an elderly person or a disabled one to get up.;
• Sensors inside the medicine box or a fridge fix time and number of them being opened;
• Water leak detection sensors automatically cover water supply in case water flood from a bath or a sink.
All these functional capabilities are getting realized due to the net of connected sensors, which during a certain period of time gather information in order to define a typical user every day behavior scheme. After such a scheme to be installed, there will be little difficulty to personalize the system, so it automatically inform relatives, curators, neighbors and other people in case of routine behavior manners changes.
Digital life if one of a few smart home platforms available at present time on the market, but it clearly demonstrates an Internet of things potential for improving quality of life and ease of independent living for elderly and disabled people.
About the author: Melisa Marzett whose current activity is writing for <a href=”http://resumeperk.com/”>resumeperk.com</a> simply enjoys the process of writing. She loves cats, French movies and classic literature along with her writing career and hopes to write a book some day.