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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 1949835, 15 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/1949835
Research Article

Definition of Technological Solutions Based on the Internet of Things and Smart Cities Paradigms for Active and Healthy Ageing through Cocreation

Life Supporting Technologies, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Alejandro Martín Medrano-Gil; se.mpu.oft.tsl@onardema

Received 1 August 2017; Revised 5 December 2017; Accepted 2 January 2018; Published 30 January 2018

Academic Editor: Aitor Almeida

Copyright © 2018 Alejandro Martín Medrano-Gil et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Existing initiatives to improve physical, mental, and social condition of senior citizens, which in Europe fall under the name of Active and Healthy Ageing, are including technological paradigms as main driver for innovation uptake. Among these paradigms, Smart Cities and the Internet of Things are of utmost importance. However, these initiatives may benefit from unified visions, efforts, and frameworks when it comes to defining technological solutions that take the most of both paradigms. We have defined an iterative approach, which combines user centred design techniques, technological development approaches, and a multifaceted adaptation process, to define a solution for Active and Healthy Ageing that makes use of the two paradigms. The solution is being defined in the context of two research and innovation projects, City4Age and ACTIVAGE, during which a solution is going to be defined and evaluated in the city of Madrid. Results show how Smart Cities and Internet of Things contribute to the solution, from a user (user needs and use cases) and a service delivery (technologies, architecture, and suppliers) perspective. In conclusion, we find the cocreation framework extremely useful for the Active and Health Ageing domain, and the proposed implementation of it is functioning, although there is room for improvement.