DIOTTO: democratizing the internet-of-things in the home environment of the elderly

april 2014
april 2016

Laurence Claeys 

DIOTTO: democratizing the internet-of-things in the home environment of the elderly

Objective & product
To achieve this objective, the DIoTTO project is developing user-friendly, evolutionary, and affordable Internet of Things (IoT) services related to monitoring the elderly person's routines (such as getting out of bed in the morning, exercise, eating and drinking patterns) and any deviations to these routines. Data is collected and monitored by easy to install, mobile, and cordless sensors in the elderly person's living environment. These data are then analyzed probabilistically and, based on this data, the elderly person, the informal carers, and/or third-parties are informed. An important trait of the DIoTTO services is that the end users (the elderly and their informal carers) always have final control and the system evolves according to their needs.

The definition of the right combination of IoT services and the umbrella product concept, designing and implementing new types of installations and configurations typical for IoT services, realizing a useful manner of reporting and notification, and defining the correct probabilistic algorithms are the main objectives postulated in DIoTTO. In this way, we hope to make a breakthrough in the area of IoT applications in care for the elderly.


The input of knowledge from the elderly and informal carers for the concept definition of the product, product interactions, and final use is extremely important to DIoTTO. Therefore, right from the beginning, there is intensive co-creation with the elderly and informal carers using a variety of methods. AIPA is responsible for the infrastructure and logistics for setting up and implementing the living lab field studies. Also, AIPA's network of care providers and members of VOKA Health are important components in acquiring the needed expertise for the project.


The DIoTTO project connects the intrinsic benefits of IoT to the individual and evolving needs of the fast-growing market of the ageing in Flanders. In this way, living at home independently for a longer period of time can be offered at an affordable price. In addition to the intrinsic benefits for each concerned party (the elderly person, informal carer, social welfare, and indirect service providers), an important economic valorization, both short and long-term, will be established in Flanders with the successful commercialization of the end result of the DIoTTO project.