Report: 3rd Stakeholder Workshop: Standardisation and Certification for AAL

On February 12th 2013, the AALIANCE2 workshop on standards and certifications in AAL took place in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, with 28 experts attending. In ten discussion groups on enabling technologies and cross-cutting topics the standards landscape and future development were discussed, the basis was the online repository of standards set up by the AALIANCE2 consortium. Apart from comments on missing standards and incomplete descriptions in the repository, central outcomes are:

  • Extending standards to AAL: Some standards like EN 50134 (Social alarm systems), IEC 80001 (Application of risk management for IT networks incorporating medical devices) and the ISO/IEEE 11073 family of standards (medical/health communication) should be extended to an AAL context.
  • New standards needed: Some fields were identified having no appropriate standards yet like indoor localization, privacy policies in residential gateways and AAL ontology that can be used in the reasoning components of AAL devices.
  • Standard high-level architecture: this includes describing use-cases, interfaces, and system components leading to standardized reference architecture for AAL middleware (including APIs).
  • International standardization: In general, standardization for the AAL sector should take place on European or international level, not on a national level.
  • Better integration of research communities: Many activities relevant to AAL happen in other research areas (Smart Metering, Internet of Things). Interaction between these areas and AAL should be enforced.
  • Better access to and better knowledge about standards and standardization: Access to standards and participation in standardisation activities is quite often very expensive and unaffordable by research projects. Access and participation at reduced rates are recommended as well as an implementation of a separate AAL category in the ICS (International Classification of Standards).
  • Integration profiles: The development of use-case based integration profiles (similar to IHE, Continua and others) and appropriate organisational structures was recommended to accelerate interoperability and include industry, research and users.
  • Quality labelling and certification: Quality labelling programmes for AAL systems should be established on European or international level to increase the market acceptance and visibility of AAL products and services.
  • Large scale pilots will be needed to assess the maturity of the various middleware solutions and runtime environments for AAL systems such as universAAL, Persona, Embassi etc. The “REAAL” project, which aims at equipping 7,000 apartments in Europe with universAAL-based technology, is certainly a good example.
  • Reconfigurable user interfaces are recommended to satisfy the specific needs of different groups of users (e. g. with reduced eye-sight, hearing or fine motor skills). Already existing standards on user interfaces and accessibility should be considered.