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Sensors (Basel). 2015 Jan 29;15(2):2999-3022. doi: 10.3390/s150202999.

Design and implementation of a prototype with a standardized interface for transducers in ambient assisted living.

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1
Department of Electronic Technology, Universidad de Sevilla, Avda, de Reina Mercedes S/N, 41012 Seville, Spain. enriquedz@dte.us.es.
2
Department of Electronic Technology, Universidad de Sevilla, Avda, de Reina Mercedes S/N, 41012 Seville, Spain. igomez@us.es.
3
Department of Electronic Technology, Universidad de Sevilla, Avda, de Reina Mercedes S/N, 41012 Seville, Spain. vmedina@us.es.
4
Department of Electronic Technology, Universidad de Sevilla, Avda, de Reina Mercedes S/N, 41012 Seville, Spain. jgomezdte@us.es.

Abstract

Solutions in the field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) do not generally use standards to implement a communication interface between sensors and actuators. This makes these applications isolated solutions because it is so difficult to integrate them into new or existing systems. The objective of this research was to design and implement a prototype with a standardized interface for sensors and actuators to facilitate the integration of different solutions in the field of AAL. Our work is based on the roadmap defined by AALIANCE, using motes with TinyOS telosb, 6LoWPAN, sensors, and the IEEE 21451 standard protocol. This prototype allows one to upgrade sensors to a smart status for easy integration with new applications and already existing ones. The prototype has been evaluated for autonomy and performance. As a use case, the prototype has been tested in a serious game previously designed for people with mobility problems, and its advantages and disadvantages have been analysed.

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