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Sheila Peace and Caroline Holland

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342638

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342638.001.0001

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The implications of smart home technologies

The implications of smart home technologies

(p.101) Five The implications of smart home technologies
Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Malcolm J. Fisk

Policy Press

The origins of smart homes are to be found in intelligent, or smart, buildings which began to appear in the 1970s and 1980s and were lauded as offering the potential means of improving energy efficiency, ventilation, and the control of working environments. Smart homes can bring a range of benefits to older people and improve their quality of life. However, while the promotion of smart home initiatives may be sound, technologies could be used in ways that underpin or consolidate ageist, disablist, and oppressive service frameworks. This chapter explores the significance of device communication and specifically relates it to the needs of older people and the empowerment that it offers as well as the danger of such technologies removing choice and control from the user.

Keywords:   smart homes, older people, choice, technologies, device communication, service frameworks

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