In the last years many outstanding AAL products, technologies and processes have been developed by excellent European research teams due to various research funding programmes but these projects usually focused only on technological development not on the daily usage of these technologies and on their embedding into a well working system. It has been detected that there is a huge market niche for specialized professionals who could work with and in the system of these new AAL developments.
The Leonardo Lifelong Learning Programme funded CompAAL project aims to develop qualification profiles for jobs in the field of AAL. AAL specialist skills are needed in many professions, in which the job requirements have changed under these fast-evolving technologies. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks.