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Assisted living technologies help seniors live independently

The doctoral dissertation of Tero Kivimäki explores technologies for ambient assisted living that allow elderly people to live longer in their own homes.
Tero Kivimäki (43) is an entrepreneur and runs his own company.
Tero Kivimäki (43) is an entrepreneur and runs his own company.

Populations around the world are ageing rapidly as a result of a steady increase in life expectancy and a decline in the proportion of younger people. In the near future, the elderly are likely to live longer in their own homes, particularly as institutional care is expensive and there is a limited number of places available in nursing homes. And most importantly, the majority of older people prefer to live independently for as long as possible.

Tero Kivimäki’s dissertation indicates that technical solutions for social inclusion and remote presence allow seniors to continue living in their own home for a longer period and can help prevent feelings of loneliness.

”These social media services can also be used by persons who have no earlier experience of using computers,” Tero Kivimäki says.

The technologies and systems presented in the dissertation have undergone long-term testing by real end users and can be developed into commercial products relatively easily. Kivimäki’s findings demonstrate that the systems can support the independent living of seniors.

As information about an inhabitant’s position in a house can be used to provide several assistive services, Kivimäki has also studied indoor positioning systems. He compares several technologies for indoor positioning and introduces a new system based on capacitive measurement.

Public defence of a doctoral dissertation on Friday, 22 May

The doctoral dissertation of Licentiate of Science (Technology) Tero Kivimäki in the field of electronics titled ’Technologies for Ambient Assisted Living: Ambient Communication and Indoor Positioning’ will be publicly examined in the Faculty of Computing and Electrical Engineering at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in room SM221 in the Sähkötalo building (address: Korkeakoulunkatu 3, Tampere, Finland) on Friday, 22 May 2015 at 12:00.

The opponent will be Professor Pauli Kuosmanen (DIGILE). Professor Jukka Vanhala from the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at TUT will act as Chairman.

Further information: Tero Kivimäki, tel. +358 40 849 0314,

The dissertation is available online at:

News submitted by: Anna Naukkarinen
Keywords: science and research