Creating Smart Cities Through IoT Devices Enabled Seamless Healthcare
e-Health ePoster Library. Unnithan C. Jun 6, 2017; 167141; EP05.06
Dr. Chandana Unnithan
Dr. Chandana Unnithan
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Purpose/Objectives: Smart cities is an endevour to assimilate technologies and and IoT (Internet of Things), securely and efficiently to manage assets in a city, including hospitals, care centres, waste management, community services, schools - to name a few. In the past decade, density of urban population has risen, so has the longevity due to healthy ageing population in the cities. Subsequently, there is growing demand to enhance the quality of life, such that the ageing population can live longer independantly in their homes rather than care facilities. The objective of this research is to explore IoT solutions that faciitate the above mentioned evolving needs of citizens, while engaging them in the process, leading to the development and growth of smart cities.

Methodology/Approach: This research has taken an exploratory approach, leading from empirical findings relating to an RFID implementation project within hospitals. Specifically, the use of wearable devices has been explored in the hospital context, extending to home care, seamlessly, in the Australian context. Furthermore, using the theories of participation and engagement, an investigation is presented on extending hospital care to homes, engaging citizens and using IoT devices. Recommendations are presented through Living Labs approach used by the Space and Global Health Expert Group (Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outerspace Affairs - COUPOUS) within the umbrella of the United Nations initiative of building sustainable communities.

Finding/Results: The findings elaborate on real-time potential of IoT in the context of bringing long term sustainable care, within homes, enabling the ageing population in cities to live independant lives for a longer term. By engaging citizens in the process of assimilating IoT devices assist in the diffusion into communities, thereby leading to smart communities and smart cities.

Conclusion/Implication/Recommendations: IoT devices present a sustainable, smart future for communities around the globe, as illustrated in the findings. Assimilation of IoT devices into the assets of a city (such as hospitals, care centres, schools, rehabilitation centres etc) facilitates improvement of quality of life in a sustained manner, leading to smart cities. Citizen engagement through the Living Labs approach is recommended for increased participation of citizens in the translation of IoTs into smart cities, at a faster pace.

140 Character Summary: IoT solutions that faciitate seamless healthcare for smart cities, considering the needs of ageing populations, through Living Labs approach of UN Expert group.
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