iHome Lab (CH)

The iHomeLab is the Swiss research laboratory of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. It is a think tank for smart homes and building automation. The iHomeLab research team performs research under the direction of Prof. Alexander Klapproth in the areas of smart metering, load management, human building interaction, energy consumption visualization, ambient awareness, Indoor localization and Ambient Assisted Living. Research projects are developed in close cooperation with public institutions and industry partners. The focus is on building next generation homes and improving energy efficiency, comfort, and safety. Special attention is given to the issue of ambient assisted living. The iHomeLab is also a network platform with national and international impact. Research results and innovative products of the partners are demonstrated to the public. As an applied research institute and demonstration centre, iHome Lab is very close to industry as well as end users. Therefore, the Lab will be engaged in all CONFIDENCE activities that include active participation of end users and other relevant stakeholders. These activities include user requirements definition, the preparation of the at home service, (end) user training, as well as the development and integration of the mobile platforms into the community and care agency portal that will finally provide the helpers with an interface and the services to help the elderly persons in need. In addition, the iHomeLab, which is an integrated, sophisticated, state-of-the-art environment to test and demonstrate AAL technologies, will be used to demonstrate the CONFIDENCE service to relevant stakeholders (care organisations and end-users). iHomeLab will be actively involved in organising workshops to collect the end user requirements, to conduct the early usability tests and coordinate the final end user trials in Switzerland together with the Swiss end user partner. They are also responsible for formally evaluating the deliverables of the project and for analysing the end user test results.