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Unformatted text preview: of life for disabled and the increasing fraction of elderly people is becoming a more and more essential task for today's societies. This especially becomes important as Europe and industrialized countries worldwide are confronted with this demographic shift. According to [1],at the end of the 19th century,life expectancy for males and females in Europe was 45.7 and 49.6 years, respectively while by the year 2000, this has increase a result, the EU population that is becoming increasingly older. This is even more a problem because looking at long-term projections, the process of ageing is set to increase within industrialized countries at an even faster pace. Based on the technology developments, the healthcare community is looking for new methods to meet these challenges and is seeking approaches where: • 208 memories where they spend most of their time. Their demands on their home environment will increase and change with growing age - especially when their health status starts to worsen. Disabled people have specific requirements as for their home environment and its functionalities. All those issues, correlated with the rapid development of new technologies which are revolutionizing the way we promote health and predict, prevent and treat illness, have triggered a major development of the telemedicine. The work described in this paper is based on the UTI large experience in R&D activities for system integration and product development for personnel, assets and vehicles monitoring, e.g. the KTrackP [2] used for patients remote monitoring. II. SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE Telemedicine systems for monitoring patients into their homes are distributed on large geographic areas and often include components with different operational features. Thus, due to the large scale and distributed architecture, a system of systems (SoS) approach was adopted for an evolutionary development of the components: patient monitoring, hospital care, ambulance service guidance to intervention and on route patient assistance, fITst responders emergency management. Fig. 1 shows the overall...
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