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Home ‘Smart Ness’ – Helping People with Special Needs live Independently


  • Dorin Popescu

    (North University Center of Baia Mare, Romania)

  • Sorin Popescu

    (North University Center of Baia Mare, Romania)

  • Laura Bacali

    (North University Center of Baia Mare, Romania)

  • Mihai Dragomir

    (North University Center of Baia Mare, Romania)


An inclusive and sustainable society has to use its resources in an efficient manner to support people with special needs (elders / people with disabilities). New, intelligent technologies could help the minimization of expenditures for assisting people with physical and cognitive limitations to live independently. The paper analyses the impact of conferring smartness to different functions and subfunctions of home equipment to increase the capacity for an independent living for such situations. This capacity is assessed with the indicators of the (UK FIM+FAM) scale and their correlations with the smartness of home equipment functions are analysed with tools and techniques of competitive development and value engineering. The analysis leads to a set of functions / sub-functions of lighting, heating, security, media, furniture, etc. that, if receiving smart abilities, could have a critical contribution to the independent living capacity of people with special needs. In this context, for these functions, the investment in developments and innovations that increase their degree of smartness is justified.

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  • Dorin Popescu & Sorin Popescu & Laura Bacali & Mihai Dragomir, 2015. "Home ‘Smart Ness’ – Helping People with Special Needs live Independently," Managing Intellectual Capital and Innovation for Sustainable and Inclusive Society: Managing Intellectual Capital and Innovation; Proceedings of the MakeLearn and TIIM Joint International Conference 2, ToKnowPress.
  • Handle: RePEc:tkp:mklp15:719-728

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