SmartHome: a German initiative with AAL possibilities

The SmartHome Initiative Germany is a transsectoral, interdisciplinary communication platform. It serves the exchange of knowledge and experience among regional SmartHome organisations as well as those offering products, services, and research results to the community at large. Members represent the entire spectrum of organisations dealing with building automation, such as electricians, electronic specialists, IT, telecommunications, medical technology, industry, trades and crafts, architecture, research and education. 

IT specialist shortages in Germany cost €11mrd to the sector

According to a recent study conducted by Fraunhofer IAO and BITKOM (Specialist Shortages and Know-how Retention in the IT Sector) concludes that shortages of qualified specialists is costing the sector around €11mrd per year. The survey conducted among IT and communication companies in Germany also provides some suggestions on how to overcome such shortages.