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The Human Gain of the Smart Home

The Broadband Forum and its members have played their part over the years in helping to take broadband from virtually a theory to a commodity used by more than 740 million people.

Now, as an enabler of the Internet of Things through its current and planned work, we are seeing many challenges being met and innovations introduced, and at the Forum's recent Q3 meeting we heard about a smart home development across Norway that is already improving the technology -- and the lives -- of nearly 350,000 households.

The keynote presenter at the meeting in Dublin was Jan Holm, the CEO of Lyse Smart, the part of Norwegian utility company Lyse that is developing services under the Smartly brand. Holm told a compelling story of a power company that built a fiber backbone to allow it to introduce triple-play services and did it so well that its dream to have 27,000 customers in the municipality of Stavanger in south-west Norway has been exceeded; It now has 335,000 customers nationwide.

I'm obviously proud that the Forum's TR-069 remote access protocol provides a key element for the Smartly services through partner Axiros, but Lyse's vision for the truly connected smart home was what made Holm's presentation so outstanding. His background, in the medical sector, gave him a unique perspective on the care and lifestyle of the elderly across Norway, where it costs €70,000 (US$89,400) per person per year for care home provision. By utilizing smart home solutions, Lyse can not only extend the time that people can live in their own homes, but the support they receive can increase as time demands, even to the point where the homes of the elderly become "virtual" care home rooms that are managed and monitored from a central care home location by local administrations.

Quite apart from the technology that makes it possible, or the savings it would make for local administrations across a country already geographically stretched, the human factor is significant. This is a great example of technology making a difference for people.

Just think what further refinement of the smart home, greater utilization of M2M, and ultimately the delivery of the Internet of Things (IoT), will do.

— Robin Mersh, CEO, Broadband Forum

Ariella 11/3/2014 | 7:46:19 PM
Re: A grand idea @Nasimon yes, and even for patients in hospitals who are directed to wear those things for days even when walking, a shirt would be more comfortable than lugging around the standard pouch that connects to the wires. 
nasimson 11/3/2014 | 7:07:09 PM
Re: A grand idea >  I wrote about shirts that now can pick up hospital quality ECG readings from
> people who wear them while going about their daily activities. 

Thats a very powerful innovation. My father went through some cardiac checkups lately. During those trips an interesting thing I learned about ECG was it is a *snapshot* in time. So if you are feeling some heart trouble symptoms, later when you reach at a clinic for the ECG test everything can be normal in the ECG test results but it wont essentially mean that everything was normal at the time when you were feeling symptoms.

So in this context these shirts can be very useful.
Phil_Britt 10/31/2014 | 2:45:12 PM
Re: smart home Mitch,

I certainly agree. I dread the day that I cannot live on my own. But I readily use technology. But many in my parents generation still don't use cell phones (my mother in law is one) and are unlikely to use some of these technologies.
Mitch Wagner 10/20/2014 | 6:41:51 PM
Re: smart home Anything that can postpone the day an elderly person has to leave their own home is a great benefit. 

These are much better examples of the benefits of a smart home than smart fridges that tell you when you're out of milk. 
Ariella 10/20/2014 | 12:40:53 PM
Re: A grand idea @Sachine for that level of health monitoring, I think wearables work better. I wrote about shirts that now can pick up hospital quality ECG readings from people who wear them while going about their daily activities. 
SachinEE 10/20/2014 | 12:28:21 PM
A grand idea The ideas are many, and free flowing. Ever since the topic of smart homes have sprung up, people have been throwing in lots of ideas like integrating entire hospital grids to home automation, but these ideas have been implemented now. Now all the house needs is other emergency services integration to be fully prepared to handle trouble from the inside as well as outside.
SachinEE 10/20/2014 | 12:24:49 PM
Re: smart home Of course. Having a smart home can increase your comfort and convenience by a lot of degrees. The smart home can infact detect the nutrition levels in your body (by interfacing with wearables) and suggest what to buy. It can also supply you with regional recipes from which you can cook foods. This is a vast subject, and it needs proper implementing.
Ariella 10/20/2014 | 8:33:36 AM
smart home I've heard of these smart homes designed to create a safer dwelling for older people. In the US, it seems to still be a small market, though perhaps following Norway's example will bring greater momentum to it here. 
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