I-stay@home platform


 
The I-stay@home platform should bundle independent ICT solutions that will assist elderly and/or disabled tenants live independently. The platform helps facilitate the use of these products by making them as user friendly as possible.
 
 

Home Page


Once logged in, the user enters the main page:

Home Page

 
 

Functions


Primary use of the platform is through the central panel containing six access functions:

- My profile: the user can check his own information
- My demands: the user can submit requests to his platform provider (the
  housing organisation)
- My notice board: the users can share short notices with each other
- My contacts: the user can add people to his contact list and chat or send 
  messages to them
- My sharings: the user can share files via GoogleDocs
- My services: the user can access his data from externalyl connected products

Standard functions such as log-out, notification alerts in case a message was received or a chat conversation is active, and information about date and local weather were also stored in the frame panels.

 
My contacts

Welcome
 

Special features


For users who suffer from disabilities limiting their use of the keyboard or with sight impediments, the ICT platform also includes:
- Integrated voice synthesis (text to speech),
- Integrated vocal recognition (speech to text).

Housing organisation employees can manage the home page by deciding which functions can be accessed and selected by the user in the central panel. For example, the sharing function was mostly hidden for users in the testing phase.

 
 

Conclusion


All in all, the platform offered various functions, the need for which was determined by initial research amongst tenant in the beginning of the project. However, when it came to presenting and testing the functions, it became clear that users enjoyed the tablet as it was and could get used to apps as they were on the market, without needing a special platform designed for them. Nevertheless, it was technically possible to integrate external products into a bundling platform and present them within the same interface, look and feel, which was an objective within the project. For users, the most appreciated function was the virtual notice board to get in closer contact with the neighbourhood.