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Development of a smart home simulator for use as a heuristic tool for management of sensor distribution

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Poland, M, Nugent, CD, Wang, H and Chen, Luke (2009) Development of a smart home simulator for use as a heuristic tool for management of sensor distribution. Technology and Healthcare, 17 (3). pp. 171-182. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.3233/THC-2009-0550

Abstract

Smart Homes offer potential solutions for various forms of independent living for the elderly. The assistive and protective environment afforded by smart homes offer a safe, relatively inexpensive, dependable and viable alternative to vulnerable inhabitants. Nevertheless, the success of a smart home rests upon the quality of information its decision support system receives and this in turn places great importance on the issue of correct sensor deployment. In this article we present a software tool that has been developed to address the elusive issue of sensor distribution within smart homes. Details of the tool will be presented and it will be shown how it can be used to emulate any real world environment whereby virtual sensor distributions can be rapidly implemented and assessed without the requirement for physical deployment for evaluation. As such, this approach offers the potential of tailoring sensor distributions to the specific needs of a patient in a non-evasive manner. The heuristics based tool presented here has been developed as the first part of a three stage project.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
ID Code:9774
Deposited By:Professor Christopher Nugent
Deposited On:29 Jan 2010 14:05
Last Modified:29 Jan 2010 14:05

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