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The Elderly and the IoT Cloud

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Editorial Board
Aims & Scope
The elderly remain to be the group with the lowest number of users online. This is significant in a society where government, as one example, increasingly want to offer services in an online-only capacity. If portions of society are unable or unwilling to access the services online, this avenue cannot be exploited. While trends in IoT uptake by the over 75s has changed in recent years, older users continue to lag behind other groups. This has proven to be consistent throughout the years, with the elderly today having been exposed to online technology during the later years of their working lifetime; until now, it could have been assumed that a lack of exposure to technology in their earlier years was having a subsequent impact as they age. Why is it the case, therefore, that older users cease to use online technologies, including cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT), at a rate which increases with age?The majority of online cloud and IoT solutions rolled out to date include ones to monitor the elderly in their homes. They do not recognise the social benefits which can be achieved by the elderly using online technologies, and the subsequent positive impact on their mental and physical health: Benefits of engagement with online technology include inclusivity, reduction in social isolation, improved health, employment, and education opportunities.The objective of this Special Issue is therefore to present recent studies in how the elderly perceive cloud and IoT technology, any technology fears, their desire to engage in the IoT and cloud market, and factors which might help them to do so. The Special Issue also aims to present novel solutions which can be rolled-out to support the elderly in their use of technology, and to examine if contributions are possible from the network management perspective to encourage the elderly in their online use.Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Features of Internet Service Provider (ISP) service provision for the elderly
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for elderly users
  • Quality of Experience (QoE) expectations of elderly users
  • Management in telecommunication networks supporting elderly users
  • Social exclusion influenced by cloud and IoT technology
  • Ageing and IoT technology
  • Elderly health and the IoT
  • The history of ageing as influenced by technology
  • The role played by cloud and IoT technology in health benefits associated with ageing
  • Modern technology and shame for older users
  • Vulnerability in the ubiquitously connected world
  • The elderly and online fraud as a consequence of ubiquitous connection
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