Ethically Aware Design of a Location System for People with Dementia

  • Roberto Casas
  • Álvaro Marco
  • Jorge L. Falcó
  • José I. Artigas
  • Julio Abascal
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4061)


This paper presents an experience of ethically aware design of a location service intended to monitor residents in an institution for people with dementia. As location systems have a direct impact over privacy and personal autonomy, the system design was preceded by a deep study of ethical and social impact. Among its contributions it can be emphasized that this study was extended both to patients and also to caregivers that were located in order to provide urgent assistance. The conclusions of this experience were compiled as design guidelines and used for the technological design.


Location System Location Service Assistive Technology Federal Communication Commission Location Privacy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Casas
    • 1
  • Álvaro Marco
    • 1
  • Jorge L. Falcó
    • 1
  • José I. Artigas
    • 1
  • Julio Abascal
    • 2
  1. 1.TecnoDiscap GroupUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Laboratory of HCI for Special NeedsUniversity of the Basque CountryDonostiaSpain

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