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10th European e-Accessibility Forum
e-Accessibility in a connected world

30 May 2016, 9am-6pm
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

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i-stay@home or enabling seniors to stay at home through the Internet of Things

Imad ABDALLAH (Paris)

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Imad Abdallah is Aareon's project lead on the European i-stay@home project. Launched in 2012, i-stay@home aims to use new technologies to limit the impact of aging and help seniors to overcome issues around isolation, safety, and disability. European leader in digital solutions for real estate, Aareon is a project partner and has designed and implemented a digital platform to allow older people to prolong their autonomy within their own homes. This add-on provides health monitoring services at home through connected devices such as smart scales, blood pressure monitors and a watch which measures heartbeat.



In 2020, it is estimated that 5.8% of the European population will be over the age of 80. In 2050, this figure is set to rise to 11%. With over 58 million people in Europe aged over 80, significant issues around dependency arise. The question is therefore how new technologies can be used effectively to reduce dependency.

The istay@home project involved four technological partners, including Aeron, from five European countries with a budget of €5 million, and resulted in the development of a prototype in which a bundle of services are provided for the elderly in their homes via an application.

The platform allows the participants to speak with their neighbours via an application, and ask for help with shopping, etc. when they need to. They can also speak directly to building managers if they have any issues with their accommodation. And they also have access to a CRM which allows them to connect to their families via webcam and, providing they agree, to their doctor or carer. The system is also fitted up to connected scales, connected watches and blood pressure monitors to keep tabs on the resident’s health. The system can send an alarm to a medical centre or doctor if any problems are detected. Further services relating to security can also be integrated.

One of the principal challenges is getting elderly people who is are not necessarily familiar with digital devices and services to use and trust such a system.

The other major challenge is finding a business model for this type of connected service where the costs do not fall solely on the elderly person and their families, but on third parties such as insurance companies and building management companies. In order to deploy this type of system on a large scale, it is necessary to work with funders and partners who see the economic benefits of such an initiative.

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