Author: José Luis Romero Gázquez STSM Period: 2018-03-03 – 2018-03-24
ECI: Yes
Hosting institution: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (Germany)
From ITC: No

The STSM is in the context of the COST Action CA16226, WG-2 ICTs development. The goal of the STSM is to
identify the state of art and research, as well as to define an innovative Information and Communication Technology
(ICT) solution that could be integrated in a habitat environment. The research will be focused on the software
architecture needed in an extended Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) where health monitoring, intelligent furniture and
living habitat of the elderly will be assumed. The starting point of the research is the Internet of Things (IoT). Many
applications in healthcare based on IoT have been surveyed in the scientific literature; from remote health monitoring
to smart sensors for medical tasks. A massive adoption of healthcare IoT has many challenges: the number of IoT
devices connected to the network and the big amount of data they collect and transmit could be a problem in those
scenarios where the healthcare systems are installed, because low latency is required, at local and metro networks.
For instance, in a hospital, the IT software and hardware infrastructure could need to manage Gbps of data per
second, only in its local network. There is also another challenge related to security: how to keep patient data safe,
mainly if the data are being exchanged among devices through Internet. The tasks planned in this STSM will be: – To
work on an updated survey about applications of IoT, focusing the study on the scenarios defined in WG2:
healthcare, AAL, intelligent furniture to improve living habitat, etc. It is expected to include in the study real
applications or pilots: hospitals, nursing homes, daily centers, etc. – To explore the challenges in the massive
adoption of IoT in healthcare, such as the need to manage a big amount of connected devices and the lack of
interoperability among the Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. – To propose software architectures to manage
healthcare data in a safe and efficient manner, providing interoperability among devices and EHR systems. In this point, it is possible that the architecture should be based in the Software Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm,
making use of Fog or Cloud Computing services and Big Data & Data Analytics tools. This task could be addressed
after the STSM, because the STSM is expected for three weeks.