END-USER EXPERIENCES AND PERSPECTIVES – HOVIMESTARI

Vadym Kramar1, Markku Korhonen1, Marjo Rauhala2

1Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland

2Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

MobileMed 2014 conference that will take a place 20-21.11.14 in Prague

Abstract

This paper is about results of the first stage of a field trial that aims to evaluate end-user practices with HoviMestari, one of the systems that intends to support independent living of disabled and elderly people. The field trial has been launched in the Raahe District of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland, in the beginning of 2014 and continues. 16 services were selected by a group of 20 test users for a field trial and tested. Average age of test users is above 65 and the group consists of retired and pre-retired people, where 5 of them are formal care-givers. In the paper a description of gathered end-user attitudes towards services provisioned with the help of the HoviMestari system as well as discovered during the field trial future perspectives of a multi-service environment are presented.