Making life easier for an ageing population and for people with disabilities is becoming a priority in most countries. ICT (information and communication technology), audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment provide an ever wider range of opportunities to enhance the quality of life for these growing sectors of the population. Several IEC TCs (Technical Committees) are playing a leading role in this domain with their activities in various aspects of AAL (Active Assisted Living.)
The IEC has for many years actively facilitated the development of AAL solutions. In October 2011 the SMB established SG 5: Ambient Assisted Living, following a recommendation of its ahG (ad hoc Group) 29, Ambient Assisted Living. In 2014 SG 5 was transformed into a SEG (Systems Evaluation Group), and eventually into a Systems Committee, SyC AAL (Active Assisted Living). The scope of this SyC is to:
- Create a vision of AAL that takes account of the evolution of the market
- Enable accessibility of AAL systems and user interfaces
- Enable cross-vendor interoperability of AAL systems, products and components
- Communicate the work of the SyC to the IEC itself and the market to foster a strong community of stakeholders
Syc AAL will hold its first meeting at DKE, the German organization responsible for the development of standards and safety specifications in the areas of electrical engineering, electronics and IT, in Frankfurt on 3-4 March 2015.
In addition to this SyC, TC 100 has created TA 16 to address certain aspects of AAL, such as “accessibility, usability and specific user interfaces related to audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment within the scope of TC 100” (see article on IEC TC 100/TA 16 in this e-tech).
As AAL becomes a priority for many countries that are faced with a rapidly ageing population and the prospect of soaring healthcare costs, IEC standardization work will prove crucial for the development of a sector that is set to provide improved health and a better quality of life for millions as well as major industrial and economic benefits.
To find out more on the topic check out the e-tech article written by Morand Fachot here.