It is all about integration

Integration, interoperability, modularity and reliability are major determinants to successful deployment of technical solutions. People do not experience technology; they experience services enabled by technology.

Therefore, the focus of ATEL is on using technology in a well ­integrated manner, resulting in services that are appreciated.

The added value of a home network does not depend on one single system, but on the way different systems connect and complement each other. Due to the fact that preferences and desires change over time, it is vital that systems are flexible and dynamic. The focus in service delivery is not on one specific service, but on platforms that offer a wide variety of services from which people can choose.

The power of the home network is that it can be used for various applications that facilitate and enhance comfort and ease of use, safety and security, information and communication, possibilities for teleworking, games and entertainment, energy management, and healthcare and welfare.

ATEL explores the trends in all of these fields. ATEL is currently working with leading universities in the UK looking at trends and data as well as setting up its own Universal Smart Living Lab.

ATEL believes in open platforms that provide tools, modules and manuals which allow us to bring third parties to the platform with user specific services and applications to expand the service package which we can offer. This will not only increase the choice but also the quality of offered services.

Ideally, services are not platform dependent and therefore could potentially also “travel” with a person. For example, the service is offered at home on a television and in the train on a mobile device, making it possible that important data generated outside the home is returned to the home system.

Life is not restricted to the home environment and we should broaden our vision on service delivery.

ATEL would like to look in the future at the added value of companion robots in health and social care by integrating robots into the Universal Smart Living environment. This combination would be unique – taking full advantage of the strengths of an ambient intelligent environment that remains in the background and the strengths of an embodied pro­active robot is put in the forefront.

We work on innovative techniques and using home sensor technology we could provide information on whether a person is moving, drinking or eating sufficiently. Accordingly, people could be told to move or eat more but it is also possible to motivate them with persuasive technologies. Serious gaming could play an important role in this by motivating people in a fun way to care for themselves which also increases the fun factor in their life.