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2.6.2 Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) for the Ageing Society


The aim is to extend the time during which elderly people can live independently in their preferred environment with the support of ICTs. It therefore targets the needs of the individual elderly person, their families and caretakers, rather than the health care institutions. This includes for example assistance to carry out daily activities, health and activity monitoring and enhancing safety and security. It also covers means to improve access to social, medical and emergency services, and to facilitate social contacts as well as access to context-based infotainment and entertainment.

Research will aim at highly innovative ICT-based solutions that are cost effective, reliable and user friendly for assisted living taking into account design-for-all principles where applicable. It will lead to integrated environments bringing together progress in various ICT building blocks and responding to key user requirements.

Call information

The Strategic Objective 'Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) for the Ageing Society' is included within Call 6 of the IST priority .

Publication date Closure date Pre-allocate budget (M€) Instruments Status
22 December 2005 25 April 2006 40 IPs , STREPs , CAs , SSAs Active

Commission's contact persons for the IST calls 2005-2006

Commission teams handling this subject in the call are provided through the Units involved in this theme (see left menu), with in particular Unit H3 for the coordination: Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero (inmaculada.placencia-porrero at

An EU level Information-Day

An EU level Information-Day is planned in Brussels for January 30th 2006. Further details (including registration procedures) and associated material are becoming available on the Circa repository .

This FP6 support to the AAL theme can be considered as a bridge before the possible Article 169 action on this subject in the future FP7 (see current eInclusion AAL Specific Support Action regarding this preparation). AAL activities development will soon be further detailed on Europa.

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