The implications of smart home technologies

Malcolm J. Fisk

in Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342638
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302582 | DOI:
The implications of smart home technologies

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The origins of smart homes are to be found in intelligent, or smart, buildings which began to appear in the 1970s and 1980s and were lauded as offering the potential means of improving energy efficiency, ventilation, and the control of working environments. Smart homes can bring a range of benefits to older people and improve their quality of life. However, while the promotion of smart home initiatives may be sound, technologies could be used in ways that underpin or consolidate ageist, disablist, and oppressive service frameworks. This chapter explores the significance of device communication and specifically relates it to the needs of older people and the empowerment that it offers as well as the danger of such technologies removing choice and control from the user.

Keywords: smart homes; older people; choice; technologies; device communication; service frameworks

Chapter.  8521 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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