Home Assistance Based on the Internet of Things for the AuTonomy

HABITAT is a two-year project that aims to develop, implement and test a reengineering strategy of everyday objects, augmenting them with elements of intelligence (smart objects), thus allowing natural and economical transition to living environments which are able to adapt themselves to those requirements of inclusiveness and assistance, to be implemented at home. The main purpose is to provide a transparent monitoring system of daily behavior of those people in need of special attention in the family living spaces, because of age or illness. This is a strongly increasing need due to the increasing of  the population average age: indeed solutions should be demonstrated, able to support /extend independent living of people in their own domestic environments, avoiding the use of hospital-like devices. 

To create home environments assistive and reconfigurable, HABITAT project will adopt and integrate the most advanced technologies of the Internet of Things (IoT) such as: distributed radio-frequency identification (RFID), real time localization (RTLS), wearable electronics, wireless sensor networks (WSN) and artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, as these technologies are  mature to be low-power, co-operating, non-invasive and pervasively distributable in the spaces, lie ahead as extremely promising solutions to achieve the purposes of HABITAT.

The research groups making up the HABITAT consortium are multidisciplinary and they include applied research expertise ranging from wireless and sensor technologies, network architectures to device interoperability by means of artificial intelligence (IA) techniques.