The AALOA Manifesto Print
The AALOA Manifesto

AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) has great potential for positively influencing the lives of many people. But impact so far has been less than hoped, partly due to fragmentation of research efforts and the lack of a standardised approach for developers. To address this, we are forming the AALOA (AAL Open Association), and invite you to join in our efforts.

AALOA – an Open Association promoting AAL research, development uptake and impact

The signatories of this manifesto consider that the time has come to do something about the problems hindering progress in the area of AAL. We believe that this is something that transcends individual projects or organizations, and needs a long-term approach, with broad involvement from all types of stakeholders. This manifesto is intended as an invitation to join us in our mission, which is to: Bring together the resources, tools and people involved in AAL in a single forum that makes it much easier to reach conclusions on provisions needed to achieve AAL progress; Make sure that all technology providers, service providers and research institutions involved in AAL are either directly involved in AALOA or (as a minimum) aware of decisions it promotes; Involve end-user representatives in all work of AALOA; Identify key research topics in AAL, and reach agreement on prioritization of these; Design, develop, evaluate, standardize and maintain a common service platform for AAL.
Our mission is founded on a long-term technical vision. This will evolve over time, but gives an indication at the initiation stage of the direction in which we want to go. In our vision, ordinary hardware resources such as displays, keyboards and storage devices that nowadays need drivers integrated into Operating Systems (OS) will evolve into pluggable networked resources. We foresee the emergence of new programming languages, based on resource and service discovery paradigms, facilitating the development of AmI applications.
There will be a shift away from the idea of developing applications that run on different PCs and OSs towards the concept of developing applications for “AAL spaces”. Middleware7 will be widely used, and help developers to identify the features available in the environment (sensors, other devices, services) and write programs which can exploit large classes of them effectively, without needing to know their actual whereabouts or be concerned with low-level configuration details.
This will involve more than just developing pluggable components: it will mean that developers will effectively be able to contribute to several distributed applications - without even knowing all of them beforehand. “AAL Spaces” will become the equivalent of today’s PCs (in terms of widespread availability, standardization and acceptance) and new markets will emerge for software and hardware products, involving houses, cars, airports, hospitals and public spaces.

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