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Sebastian Dengler, "Sensor/Actuator Networks in Smart Homes for supporting elderly and handicapped people," Bachelor Thesis, Department of Computer Science, Friedrich–Alexander University of Erlangen–Nuremberg (FAU), September 2006. (Advisor: Falko Dressler)


Smart Home, this term comprises various approaches, engaged in living and working now and in the future. The objectives of the various approaches range from enhancing comfort in daily life to enabling a more independent life for elderly and handicapped people. Ubiquitous Computing describes the ubiquity of computer and information technology. The term was coined by Mark Weiser in 1988 in his essay The Computer for the 21st Century. Smart Objects are small microprocessors, implanted into everyday items. Communication between these objects is based on mobile, wireless ad-hoc networks. Their task is to sense the immediate environment using various types of sensors, being interconnected and exchanging the gathered information. This functionality assigns a kind of artificial intelligence to common, well known objects and enables comprehensive information-processing and interconnection of almost any kind of everyday object. The (preferably) transparent and hidden technology, which is omnipresent regardless, ranges from Wearable Computers and Smart Clothes to possible 'intelligent' artificial replacements. It supports the user in almost every part of his life by extending his cognition and information processing capacity and tries to compensate for certain handicaps. The challenge regarding smart homes, especially for supporting the elderly and handicapped, is to compensate for handicaps and support the individual in order to give them a more independent life for as long as possible. This bachelor thesis is engages in the possibilities a smart home could offer to these target groups. Therefore, a common architecture for a smart home environment will be developed, mapped to an experimental setup, and finally evaluated. The used technical single solutions have been developed in terms of the ROSES project.

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    author = {Dengler, Sebastian},
    title = {{Sensor/Actuator Networks in Smart Homes for supporting elderly and handicapped people}},
    advisor = {Dressler, Falko},
    institution = {Department of Computer Science},
    location = {Erlangen, Germany},
    month = {9},
    school = {Friedrich--Alexander University of Erlangen--Nuremberg (FAU)},
    type = {Bachelor Thesis},
    year = {2006},

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