An age-appropriate assistance system for autonomous living (AAL) simplifies daily life for people requiring care.

Assisted Living

Telekom and Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe make life for the elderly easier

Telekom and Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe launched a project to help older people to live independently as long as possible. Telekom's intelligent assistance system brings together two formerly separate technologies in a single system: the open home network platform QIVICON and Assisted Living. Through a single application, users can access functions such as home automation, household services and digital communication.

Intelligent assistance system – Assisted Living and QIVICON

The new intelligent assistance system was in a first stage and in cooperation with the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe in use in a project for assisted living in Sarstedt near Hannover. Based on requirements analysis with different partners and user groups the product was constantly adapted and improved. With the help of a simple tablet computer, residents would not only be able to operate the lights, heating and blinds, but also access information on upcoming events, weather forecasts, bus and train timetables or the meals-on-wheels service of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe. They could also use the device for writing emails, making video calls or online shopping.
Axel Wehmeier, Managing Director at Telekom Healthcare Solutions: "We have put together a total package for Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe – the first time we have done something like this. The product is unique on the market due to its wide variety of functions. It helps older people stay living independently longer, even if they have physical impairments. Alexander Jüptner from Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe: "We chose this system not only because of the wide range of functions it offers, but also because it is simple to use. The device acts as a platform for all different functions, from making alarm calls to surfing the Internet or operating electronic devices around the house."

Intelligent applications – making everyday life easier

By simply touching the tablet screen with their fingertips, users could access different functions. For example, the "Leave apartment" function switched off all the electrical devices in the home that were not needed at the press of a button. The "Night light" function activated motion sensors in the bathroom that automatically switched on the lights in dimmed mode. The "Alarm call" function put the user through directly to an accident assistance organization such as Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe.