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Housing appears crucial for allowing elders to develop new usages based on digital technologies and access new services to improve their quality of living. Due to the growing pauperization of the residents, the HOST project has the potential to help elderly people to access innovative devices and contents, under the responsibility of social housing landlords. The challenge to equip individual flats and collective residences and to allow elders to get the adequate level of self-service represents a huge market potential. Social landlords are familiar with working as a network which constitutes a real opportunity to launch quickly, with a limited margin of error and at a European level, an assistant ambient living device.

The expected impacts on a European scale will be :

  • An overall assessment (technology, usages, interface, contents, communication…) of such a device to capitalized on the project management
  • Experimentation of business models for service providers, social housing operators and elderly tenants (what kind of opportunities induced by mutualisation?)
  • A cross fertilization process between different countries and different practices that could contribute to a long term “share of experiences”
  • The sketch of a standard architecture to help the spreading of related projects

As any computerised device, the pan European dimension of the project could give birth to a user club in order to track defaults and propose solutions, to improve services and extend the bulk of contents that could be offered to elderly people and to experiment new usages.

In addition, with some adjustments, the HOST project could be used for new segments. Complementary targeted users could be :

  • Disabled people - could be in the same needs than the elderly ones. The test done with different screen set and handset could facilitate the adaptation of the device to this segment ;
  • Children and teenagers - could use the same device but with specific channels, to access an e-learning solution for supporting their schooling (increase the obtaining of diploma within unprivileged classes).

Finally, the HOST project is based on open standards of development (xml, SQL, RFID, html5…) connection and interoperability to allow limited cost of evolution, low cost maintenance contracts, efficient data response time as well as low bandwidth consumption. In a European dissemination approach, the global skills to maintain and develop the AVIZEN architecture should be easily available at approximately the same price around Europe.

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