Telecare is the term for providing remote care to less able people such as elderly people and babies. A elecare application may be composed of several software and hardware components. The typical deployment structure is a distributed environment for hosting these interconnected components. In this paper, we design a software framework that is suitable for prototyping a telecare application. The framework is a realization of the service oriented architecture (SOA). Therefore an application is implemented as a few services. The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) network is the infrastructure for service collaboration. The flexibility of the XMPP allows dynamic configuration of the services and thus good for the prototyping purpose. At the end of the paper, we demonstrate a telecare application based on our framework. The analysis, design, and implementation are described to show the effectiveness and feasibility of the framework.
Journal of Information Hiding and Multimedia Signal Processing 5(1), pp.61-71