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Date:12/17/2008

mediately of the person leaving home.

The Portal Monitor could become an important privacy-enhanced security tool for the nation's expanding aging population, Camp pointed out. There are more than 37.3 million Americans 65 or older, and the number is expected to double by 2030. Of that current number nearly one in three live alone, and most of those people are women.

The security system was developed through the assistance of a National Science Foundation grant which founded the Ethical Technology in the Homes of Seniors (ETHOS) Laboratory (http://ethos.indiana.edu/). Research continues in ETHOS on The Portal Monitor, including work in relation to the attitudes of seniors on privacy issues. ETHOS gerontologist Lesa Huber, clinical assistant professor in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, noted that elders are particularly vulnerable to door-to-door frauds and scams.

"We feel this system addresses so many types of security issues," she said. "And we believe it could become an extremely affordable system since even obsolete cell phone components can be adapted for use."


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Contact: Steve Chaplin
stjchap@indiana.edu
812-856-1896
Indiana University
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