Dewsbury G, Taylor B & Edge M (2001)
‘Designing Safe Smart Homes for Vulnerable People’
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and Rouncefield M, 2001, Dependability in Healthcare Informatics,
Designing assistive technological solutions for people with disabilities and older people is fraught with problems due to the number of agencies involved. These problems are compounded by the lack of understanding that can exist between the engineers and the health staff. This lack of understanding can develop into extreme delays in installing the technology and the needs of the person with disabilities being subsumed in preference to ease of design and installation. Clearly, these potential misunderstandings could be ameliorated by improved communication between the widely different disciplines each with their own culture, ethos, knowledge and jargon. The CUSTODIAN smart house simulation software provides a focus for discussion on CUSTODIAN’s development in relation to reliability and safety of systems design.
KEYWORDS Software development, smart homes, assistive technology, automated homes, disability,