The Lower Saxony Research Network Design of Environments for Ageing (GAL) - Towards Interdisciplinary Research on ICT in Ageing Societies

Informatics for Health and Social Care, SI Ageing & Technology 35:92-103.


Worldwide, ageing societies are bringing challenges for independent living and health care. Health-enabling technologies for pervasive health care and sensor-enhanced health information systems offer new opportunities for care. In order to identify, implement and assess such new information and communication technologies the 'Lower Saxony Research Network Design of Environments for Ageing' (GAL) has been launched in 2008 as interdisciplinary research project. In this publication we inform about the goals and structure of GAL, including first outcomes, as well as to discuss the potentials and possible barriers of such highly interdisciplinary research projects in the field of health-enabling technologies for pervasive health care. Although GAL's high interdisciplinarity at the beginning slowed down the speed of research progress, we can now work on problems, which can hardly be solved by one or few disciplines alone. Interdisciplinary research projects on ICT in ageing societies are needed and recommended.

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    ABSTRACT: GAL, the Lower Saxony Research Network Design of Environments for Ageing, investigates how information and communication technology can provide for better environments for ageing. This paper describes a service oriented middleware platform for Ambient Assisted Living and its use in a number of different assistive systems developed in the GAL project: personal activity and household assistant, monitoring of preventive and rehabilitation sports, sensor-based activity determination, and sensor-based fall prevention and recognition. Besides a detailed description of the middleware platform and its elements and interfaces, central infrastructure services and their particularly applications in the different use cases are presented.
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