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Guidelines for standards in the context of age-friendly smart homes: provide your input!

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How to make sure smart homes are adapted to an ageing society? This question is explored in a set of guidelines currently under development within the frame of the PROGRESSIVE project. The aim of these guidelines is to identify ways in which smart homes can ‘fit’ within broader frameworks that relate to age-friendliness. The document concentrates on specific criteria and related standards for age-friendly smart homes (e.g. assistive technologies, telecare, etc.) and how they can support ageing at home.

The ICT standards are reviewed based on six ethical criteria (that have been defined in the PROGRESSIVE Ethical Framework):

  • Autonomy and empowerment
  • Inclusion and non-discrimination
  • Accessibility and usability
  • Care, protection and support
  • Interoperability
  • Privacy, safety, security

The guidelines discuss each of these criteria taking into account the already existing standards landscape, research projects, use cases and initiatives, identify gaps and explore new possibilities and solutions. These developments are reviewed to see how they can form the basis for new or further standardisation activities to enhance the quality of age-friendly smart homes.

If you would like to contribute or review these guidelines, please contact Lydia Vogt at DIN (the German standardisation institute, and partner in the PROGRESSIVE project):, before 7 December 2018. Of particular interest are:

  • Relevant ICT standards in the context of age-friendly smart homes
  • Good practices of age-friendly smart homes


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