Innovative validation and testing environments The Living Labs concept Mats Eriksson, CDT/Testbed Botnia, Luleå Sweden (Mats.Eriksson@cdt.luth.se) Michael Nilsson, CDT/Testbed Botnia, Luleå Sweden (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jens Schumacher, BIBA, Bremen Germany (email@example.com) Karl A. Hribernik, BIBA, Bremen Germany (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Introduction to a LivingLab approach • Rapid technology development during recent years - Technology push. • Next level of development is to gain full effect of opportunities – the Lisbon strategy. • Technology is only valid if it is appealing, understandable, easy to use and cost efficient for the user. • Obviously not a technology issue only
When “ambient is everything”!- surrounded by my Laptop • User in the centre – does not mean overloaded with technology! • Focusing the end-useris not so easy! Attitudes, Knowledge, Context and Habits • Understanding the user situation – understanding the effect!
Some drivers for the Living Lab concept • Technical complexity of communication networks. • As a platform for large-scale demonstrations and trials • Bring knowledge on human and market aspects into IST projects. • Bringing new technology into “non-IT” companies – innovation business (e.g. process industry) • Public-private partnerships • European co-operation (incl NMS) • A facilitator for Technology platforms
Living Labs – the conceptual idea End-Users ..in a real world.. My IST project Evaluation Techplatform
The basic components of a Living Lab Any IST project Evaluation Performance, interoperability, conformance Value creation, business models etc Usability, satisfaction, behaviour etc Technology Users Context
A facilitator for company co-operation Ericsson TietoEnator TeliaSonera Operax Mobilaris SSAB IsMobile Marratech
Living Labs towards the future- not a ready made concept • Increased understanding of the human being in the IT landscape – behaviour, learning, attitudes etc. What makes technology work? • Increased adoption to differences among people. • The pan-European approach. Differences in culture, context etc. Integration of new member states. • Supporting the development of a mobile society - service interoperability. • Methodology for increased interdisciplinary co-operation in projects – the collaborative approach
eInclusion aspects of Living Labs • Targeting elderly, people with disabilities and people cognitively impairedetc- consider the user/human aspects (technological implications). • Turning the perspective – starting with the disabled instead of the ”normal” being? • Bringing cognitive researchers, technology together in the real world – boosting industry solutions to real problems. • Living Lab as a instrument to enhance inclusion in the information society.