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Active@Work: a project funded by the European Commission, which aims to improve life quality of elderly workers in the service sector.

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The main challenges of Active@Work are already being tackled.
The current socio-economic situation in Europe is forcing the European governments to increase the retirement age and several studies have shown that working beyond traditional retirement age can be beneficial for health. In addition, it should not be disregarded that senior employees are an important part of the human capital of an organization because of their vast amount of experience. However, one of the most important barriers to harness this experience from the elderly employees in the organizations is the lack of innovative solutions that can assist elderly employees to be active and efficient at work without risking their health that is able to transfer their valuable knowledge to younger employees. There is a myth about elderly adults that claims they cannot learn new things easily. Nevertheless, research shows learning is not an age dependent factor, but the learning process simply changes with age. The fact is that evolutionary technologies can affect the current working environment in a short period and may facilitate the learning of new skills quickly to be competent in an organization.

To provide an appropriate learning platform aligned with elderly learning necessities, seven partners have joined and the Active@Work consortium was created. Active@Work is a European Union funded project with the aim to create an assisting solution that should help elderly employees to remain active at work.

The partners of Active@Work are developing a multi-modal solution that provides companies with a platform that helps their elderly employees, in order to transfer their valuable knowledge to the next generation, learn new skills easier without providing extra pressure and stress, and stay active and effective at work without risking their health.

The project will result in a Virtual Assistant tool able to help elderly workers to continue executing their daily work allowing them to continue active, despite their age. The Virtual Assistant tool of Active@Work has the focus on continuously improving the elderly employee’s well-being (physiologically and psychologically) while it tries to keep him or her socially active in creation and consumption of valuable and useful knowledge for the whole organization. Thus, the whole system at the end would add value to senior employees as well as the other stakeholders. In summary, this tool will be very useful for SMEs of the service sector and other type of companies.

The main scientific challenges for Active@Work are the management and extraction of useful information from vast amounts of environmental and physiological data, the development of a customized system to influence behavioral change, and developing a solution applicable in different working environments.

The "Active@Work" consortium is constituted by 7 participants from 4 countries, which includes 5 companies and 2 research development technology institutions who gather all the necessary background and expertise to achieve the ambitious objectives of the project: from Spain we have ATOS (Project’s coordinator), from Portugal we have INOV INESC INOVAÇÃO – Instituto de NovasTecnologiasand Multisector Norte – Innovation Consulting, Lda; from Belgium we have Yazzoom BVBA,IOS International and Sensolus BVBA and University of St. Gallen from Switzerland.

The Active@Work project has the duration of 30 months, started on 1 December 2014 and will end in May 2017.

The project Active@Work nº AAL-2013-6-140 has received funding from AAL JP, co-funded by the European Commission and National Funding Authorities: Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo of Spain (Minetur); FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal; Government agency for Innovation by Science and Technology of Belgium (IWT); and State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) of Switzerland.



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  • Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal


Active@Work, health, senior employees, AAL,
Record Number: 130216 / Last updated on: 2016-01-18
Category: New products and technologies
Provider: WIRE
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