Open Service Platforms
Are they everywhere or very limited?
An open service platform describes a software system which is based on open standards, such as published and fully documented external application programming interfaces (API) that allow using the software to function in other ways than the original programmer intended, without requiring modification of the source code.
Silver Economy products and services for ageing and care are becoming more and more concentrated around the client/patient. New sensors and actuators will provide a “tsunami” on data. The client/patient also requires more and more personalized services and care. This is very difficult to achieve if companies offer various proprietary technologies with their own apps and platforms, which makes it also very expensive. Many applications in the Silver Economy come from various sectors and domains with their own companies using their own technologies or in the best case some standards. The use of open service platforms with applications of cross sectoral service providers would be a big step forward. In the past 20 years, the EU has supported the development of open service platforms with numerous project grants. Unfortunately, this has led to very complicated systems, which have been used in practice in a very limited way. Many companies claim to have developed these open service systems by themselves and they are on the market. But are they really open? We need to investigate them in a systematic manner. Hopefully this can be done in https://www.platformuptake.eu