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Design of a terminal solution for integration of in-home health care devices and services towards the Internet-of-Things
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KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic Systems.
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2015 (English)In: Enterprise Information Systems, ISSN 1751-7575, Vol. 9, no 1, 86-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In-home health care services based on the Internet-of-Things are promising to resolve the challenges caused by the ageing of population. But the existing research is rather scattered and shows lack of interoperability. In this article, a business-technology co-design methodology is proposed for cross-boundary integration of in-home health care devices and services. In this framework, three key elements of a solution (business model, device and service integration architecture and information system integration architecture) are organically integrated and aligned. In particular, a cooperative Health-IoT ecosystem is formulated, and information systems of all stakeholders are integrated in a cooperative health cloud as well as extended to patients' home through the in-home health care station (IHHS). Design principles of the IHHS includes the reuse of 3C platform, certification of the Health Extension, interoperability and extendibility, convenient and trusted software distribution, standardised and secured electrical health care record handling, effective service composition and efficient data fusion. These principles are applied to the design of an IHHS solution called iMedBox. Detailed device and service integration architecture and hardware and software architecture are presented and verified by an implemented prototype. The quantitative performance analysis and field trials have confirmed the feasibility of the proposed design methodology and solution.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 9, no 1, 86-116 p.
Keyword [en]
Internet-of-Things, in-home health care station, business-technology co-design, industrial information integration engineering, device and service integration
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Other Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122493DOI: 10.1080/17517575.2013.776118ISI: 000345072700004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84911215405OAI: diva2:622720

QC 20141212

Available from: 2013-05-23 Created: 2013-05-23 Last updated: 2014-12-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Technologies and Architectures of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) for Health and Well-being
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Technologies and Architectures of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) for Health and Well-being
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The emerging technology breakthrough of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) is expected to offer promising solutions for food supply chain (FSC) and in-home healthcare (IHH), which may significantly contribute to human health and well-being. In this thesis, we have investigated the technologies and architectures of the IoT for these two applications as so-called Food-IoT and Health-IoT respectively. We intend to resolve a series of research problems about the WSN architectures, device architectures and system integration architectures. To reduce the time-to-market and risk of failure, business aspects are taken into account more than before in the early stage of technology development because the technologies and applications of IoT are both immature today.

The challenges about enabling devices that we have addressed include: the WSN mobility and wide area deployment, efficient data compression in resource-limited wireless sensor devices, reliable communication protocol stack architecture, and integration of acting capacity to the low cost intelligent and interactive packaging (I2Pack). Correspondingly, the WAN-SAN coherent architecture of WSN, the RTOS-based and multiprocessor friendly stack architecture, the content-extraction based data compression algorithm, and the CDM-based I2Pack solution are proposed and demonstrated.

At the system level, we have addressed the challenges about effective integration of scattered devices and technologies, including EIS and information integration architectures such as shelf-life prediction and real-time supply chain re-planning for the Food-IoT, and device and service integration architectures for the Health-IoT. Additionally, we have also addressed some challenges at the top business level, including the Value Chain Models and Value Proposition of the Food-IoT, and the cooperative ecosystem model of the Health-IoT. These findings are generic and not dependent on our proprietary technologies and devices.

To be more generalized, we have demonstrated an effective research approach, the so-called Business-Technology Co-Design (BTCD),  to resolve an essential challenge in nowadays research on the IoT -- the lack of alignment of basic technology and practical business requirements. We have shown its effectiveness by our design practice. It could be an instructive example of “the change of mindset” which is essential for the IoT research in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kista Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. xiv, 75 p.
Internet-of-Things, Wireless Sensor Network, Enterprise Information System, Food Supply Chain, In-Home Healthcare
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Engineering and Technology
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122213 (URN)978-91-7501-736-5 (ISBN)
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2013-06-10, Sal-D, KTH Forum, Kista, 10:00 (English)

QC 20130523

Available from: 2013-05-23 Created: 2013-05-14 Last updated: 2013-05-23Bibliographically approved

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