The brave new world of smart home technologies

Mr Dennis Lo1, Pip Tyson1, Katie-Jane Frame1

ILC Tas – information and advice about assistive technology, South Launceston, TAS


Smart home technologies are systems designed to automate household tasks, to simplify access to telecommunication, and to improve security in a home environment. Smart home technologies can be customised to accommodate a wide range of users, from mainstream consumers to people with a disability and older people.

The use of smart home technologies can bring a myriad of benefits to older people in our communities through improving health outcomes, well-being and social connectedness. They can also empower individuals in daily living activities and enable independence. These technologies can also facilitate flexible and responsive service delivery models as well as efficient resource allocation for service providers.

This presentation will examine the concept of smart home technologies in the context of aged and community services and how they can contribute to better health outcomes, independence and quality of life.

Examples of current and emerging smart home technologies will be discussed as part of the presentation. Benefits of these technologies specific to the older people population will also be highlighted.

Considerations and challenges in the use of smart home technology among older people in aged care settings, such as accessibility and ethical issues, will also be explored as part of the presentation.


Dennis is a Speech Pathologist with an interest in AAC and emerging smart technologies. He was involved in the 7th International Convention on Rehabilitative and Assistive Technology and was a board member of the Australian Rehabilitative and Assistive Technology Association.

Pip is an Occupational Therapist with over 10 years experience with the ILC Tas, she has an avid interest in complex telecommunications access, environmental control and home modifications.

Kate is an Occupational Therapist and a qualified Access consultant. She is passionate about empowering people through the use of assistive technology, techniques and promoting inclusive environments for all.

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