Stichting Smart Homes (SmH)
|Smart Homes (Foundation) The National Knowledge Centre for Home Automation & Smart Living|| |
|Responsible Person: Ad van Berlo, Ph.D., M.Eng., M.A. |
|Role/Responsibilities: Contributions in Smart Home Technologies, Human Factors experts, User requirements, Evaluation, Validation, Demonstration in general intermediary between end-user and technology developers |
Smart Homes was established in 1998 and is an independent expert centre for smart houses and smart living.
The aim of Smart Homes is to improve the quality of life for everyone, young or old, with or without limitations. We work towards the development of smart, understandable and accessible (mostly technological) solutions and services in the private home and everyday environment. This is called home automation.
The centre carries out applied research projects in its demonstration house (the so-called Smartest House of the Netherlands) and performs demonstration projects with various types of smart technology in real houses with residents. A number of approximately 200 older residents of smart houses are monitored regularly on their experiences with smart living. This so-called living lab serves also as a pool for testing new developments. Furthermore, Smart Homes carries out several dissemination activities by continuously developing courses, seminars, congresses and exhibitions. It is also publisher of a bi-monthly magazine on smart living and smart home technology for various professionals (housing associations, installers, etc). In 2000, consulting housing associations, project developers and building companies about how to implement smart houses became part of the activities. Its activities are funded by projects, subsidies from regional and national government, grants and partnerships with industry. Via the partnerships with more than 80 individual companies, belonging to the Smart Homes Partner Community, Smart Homes has close links with industry.
In the past Smart Homes has worked in smaller European projects: TED, Technology Ethics and Dementia, ASTRID (similar as TED), DISCUS, using Internet for education of home care workers. Recently, Smart Homes became involved in two IP projects (FP6) on ambient assisted living: NETCARITY and SOPRANO. Both projects deal with software based services, built around many different sensors in the house and around the resident.