Honeywell's I.L.S.A.
What is I.L.S.A.
The Problem
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A Health Care Financing Administration survey found that 30% of seniors desperately wish to stay in their homes, yet staying safe and comfortable there can be a tremendous challenge for both the elders and their caregivers.

Our goal is to develop technologies to transform the home into an intelligent, supportive environment. The Independent LifeStyle Assistant TM monitoring system (I.L.S.A.) will help elders maintain a safe living environment, interact with home service providers (grocery delivery, cleaning, shopping, etc.), and stay connected with their communities -- family, friends, neighbors, and doctors -- from the comfort of their homes.

Development of this technology promises improved quality of life for all concerned:

  • Using the Worldwide Web to communicate with and monitor clients, health care workers can provide customized care at lower cost, concentrating efforts where and when they are most needed.
  • Elders could depend on it to remind them to take medications, to alert them to an appliance left on or a door left ajar, and to summon help when they need it.
  • Families will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved ones are safe and secure where they want to be: in their own homes.

The Independent Lifestyle Assistant (I.L.S.A.) was a Honeywell Laboratories 3-year research project jointly funded by Honeywell and the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It ran from October 2000 to July 2003.