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Which AAL Middleware Matches My Requirements? An Analysis of Current Middleware Systems and a Framework for Decision-Support

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This work analyses and summarizes current middleware systems which are potential candidates to be used in Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) environments. In total 43 middleware systems from industry, open source communities and research institutions were analysed. In parallel, out from 65 AAL requirements eight mandatory ones were identified. According to these requirements ten promising middleware systems were chosen, and each of them was analysed in detail according to all 65 requirements. The results give developers an overview about existing middleware systems and to choose the best matching middleware for own AAL purposes.

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  • Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
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  • Open Source Automation (OSA)
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  1. 1.

    “Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung” special German term for medical assessment service from health insurance companies.

  2. 2.

    e.g. http://www.haustechnikdialog.de/, http://www.fs20-forum.de/, http://www.knx-user-forum.de/, http://www.elektrikforum.de/.

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    Projects marked as (research/ open source) started as a research project and were published as open source during or after project duration.

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Use Case Category (See Table 1)

Table 1 This table shows the results from the evaluation between the different middlewares and the requirements from the use case category

User Interface Category (See Table 2)

Table 2 This table shows the results from the evaluation between the different middlewares and the requirements from the user interface category

Hardware Category (See Table 3)

Table 3 This table shows the results from the evaluation between the different middlewares and the requirements from the use hardware category

Tools Category (See Table 4)

Table 4 This table shows the results from the evaluation between the different middlewares and the requirements from the tools category

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Zentek, T., Yumusak, C.O., Reichelt, C., Rashid, A. (2015). Which AAL Middleware Matches My Requirements? An Analysis of Current Middleware Systems and a Framework for Decision-Support. In: Wichert, R., Klausing, H. (eds) Ambient Assisted Living. Advanced Technologies and Societal Change. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11866-6_9

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