Ambient Assisted Living

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Introduction Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is an emerging field that had attracted global interest, both in academia and industry, for the potential of its solutions, namely for the health and social care sectors. AAL is defined as an approach where pervasive information technologies support elderly people to live independently, with self-confidence and security, reducing the use of resources. AAL devices and applications can support daily living activities or contribute for the individual participation in society, namely entertainment, social participation or communicate with family, friends, peers and providers. AAL can also provide applications and devices to support safety and health care, including mobile and wearable sensors to monitor physiological parameters, mobile emergency response systems, fall detection systems or video surveillance systems. Effective AAL solutions have the potential to be inherently dynamic and able to complement, interactively, the human care providers, which assumes an increasing importance due to the need to optimize both effectiveness and efficiency of the health and social care systems. However, a special attention should be given to devices and applications that, by nature and if non-critical aspects are safeguarded, have the potential to be a source of harm in normal use or if misused and, therefore, should be considered as medical devices. Without intending to limit the innovation freedom, the solutions being developed should not be
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