This week, you will examine IoT systems and how they may assist people with special needs. Special needs individuals is a broad term that could encompass a wide variety of individuals ranging from those who are deaf/hard of hearing, have vision issues, or

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NCU – TIM 7010 - Week 5 – Assignment: IoT and Special Needs Users

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This week, you will examine IoT systems and how they may assist people with special needs. Special needs individuals is a broad term that could encompass a wide variety of individuals ranging from those who are deaf/hard of hearing, have vision issues, or have other different abilities which will affect how they use a computing devices.

Part A)

You should begin by reading the work by Ferati et al. that discusses requirements gathering for users with special needs. For this first part of this assignment, you will take a position on the arguments made in this paper, and examine the following:

·         What position does the paper take? What are some the primary arguments they are making, and what reasons do they have for backing up these claims?

·         Do you agree with the position taken in this paper? Use external sources to back up your argument.

·         How could the paper be improved? How could you expand upon this work? 

This assignment well serve to help acclimate you with some of the challenges faced by special needs computing users.

Part B)

For the second part of this week’s assignment, you should propose a new way in which IoT devices can help a group of users with special needs. Your proposal should include:

·         What group(s) of special needs users do you intend to target? Define the group(s) and the challenges encountered by the group(s).

·         How will the IoT device assist this special needs group?

·         Demonstrate a development plan. How will you accomplish your goals?

·         What risks will you encounter, and how will you overcome them?

·         How will you measure the effectiveness of this proposal?

Be sure to include external references to support your proposal. 

Lengths: Position paper: 2-3 pages; New IoT proposal: 1-2 pages; Total: 3-5 pages, not including title page and references

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy.

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Internet of Things: Introduction



This week, you will develop a fundamental understanding of the Internet of Things, including RFIDs, ad-hoc networking, sensor technologies, embedded devices, and how the “things” interact with humans and each other through a critical analysis of the literature. While many of the challenges faced by IoT devices are unique, you will see that many of the issues faced by these devices are very similar to the challenges faced by traditional devices.

Be sure to review this week's resources carefully. You are expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.



Books and Resources for this Week



·         Delicato, F. C., Pires, P. F., Batista, T., Cavalcante, E., Costa, B., & Barros, T. (2013). Towards an IoT ecosystem. In P.Avgeriou, C. E. Cuesta, J.



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·         Jenkins, T. (2015). Designing the "Things" of the IoT. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Intera



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·         Lynch Koreshoff, T., Robertson, T., & Leong, T. W. (2013). Internet of Things: A review of literature and products. In H. Shen, R. Smith, J. Paay, P C



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·         Grupido, N. & Winkler, C. (Academic). (2015). Child development: Educating children with hearing impairments [Video file].



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·         Ferati, M., Kurti, A., Vogel, B., & Raufi, B. (2016). Augmenting requirements gathering for people with special needs using IoT: A position paper. In



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