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Managing Home Care Networks

By Kenneth J Turner, Liam S Docherty, Feng Wang and Gavin A Campbell

Abstract

Home care networks are a new development for automated support of care at home. To address the challenges of home care, the paper describes a component-based architecture developed by the MATCH project (Mobilising Advanced Technologies for Care at Home). Two key components are discussed for managing home care networks. A Service Registry supports generic and extensible registration of services, components, resources and devices in the home. The registry uses ontologies for semantically-based description and discovery. A Policy System automates support of how a home network should deliver care. The views of stakeholders in home care are represented as goals and policies. These are defined in a user-friendly manner and are applied at run-time. Conflicts among goals and policies are automatically detected and resolved

Topics: Goal Refinement, Home Care, Home Network, Policy Language, Policy System, Service Discovery, Telecare, Home care services Management, Management information systems, Telecare, Telecommunication in social service
Publisher: 'Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)'
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1109/ICN.2009.16
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.stir.ac.uk:1893/2759
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