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USEFIL

Project ID: 288532
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Unobtrusive Smart Environments for Independent Living \nUSEFIL

From 2011-11-01 to 2015-02-28, closed project | USEFIL Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 622 870

EU contribution:

EUR 3 376 999

Coordinated in:

Greece

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

USEFIL provides advanced but affordable in-home monitoring and web communication solutions that are unobtrusive. It addresses the gap between state of the art technological research and the practical needs of elderly people. USEFIL uses low cost "off-the-shelf" technology to develop immediately applicable services that assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and daily activities. Installation of the USEFIL system will not require retrofitting in a person’s residence and will be almost invisible once installed. Elements are e.g. low cost wireless video cameras, a smart web-TV and a wrist-worn mobile unit (matching daily activities with the user profile).  The software driven system will be based on open source platforms, so applications can be easily added or taken out with no real limit to the number of services offered. Based on extensive user tests, USEFIL intends to provide guidelines for technology developers to optimize the future generation of applications for an ageing population.

Objective

The USEFIL project aims to address the gap between technological research advances and the practical needs of elderly people by developing advanced but affordable in-home unobtrusive monitoring and web communication solutions. More specifically, USEFIL intends to use low cost "off-the-shelf" technology to develop immediately applicable services that will assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and daily activities. Installation of the USEFIL system will not require retrofitting in a person's residence and will be almost invisible once installed. Thus we expect that it can be used in a wide variety of residential environments, which will be validated in three different field trial studies.Because the system will be "software driven," based on open source platforms, applications can be easily added or subtracted with no real limit to the overall number of services offered. Furthermore, USEFIL intends to provide guidelines for the community of technology developers to optimize future generation of applications for an ageing population.Within the domain of the USEFIL project, we will deploy systems and applications that can unobtrusively record elderly behavioural indicators such as cognitive decline, emotional status and health vital signs; supply information services in parallel; and provide the means to enable individuals to keep their social life active - all irrespective of an older person's mobility state. Technology implementation will be based on user acceptance and an understanding of user interactions that will truly address user needs. USEFIL aims to provide efficient and effective means of care delivery and increased adherence to medical recommendations and treatments by older patients. This should extend the time that older people can live independently in their homes while limiting increases in public expenditure.USEFIL has ambitious objectives. However, a strong and committed team, together with a solid governance structure, will ensure that it is capable of tackling this challenging and important research agenda – and maximizing market impact.

Related information

Coordinator

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 626 505


Patriarchou Gregoriou Str.
15310 AGHIA PARASKEVI
Greece
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: HOMER PAPADOPOULOS
Tel.: +302106503037
Fax: +302106522623
E-mail

Participants

TP Vision Belgium NV
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 120 574


Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 19
B-9052 Gent
Belgium
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Eric Moons
Tel.: +32 50 455 877
Fax: +32 50 455 722
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 403 650


HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Andrea Zeumann
Tel.: +49 89 1205 2723
Fax: +49 89 1205 7534
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 340 972


Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 BREMEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Michael Lawo
Tel.: +49 421218 7824
Fax: +49 421 218 7196
E-mail
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Participation ended
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 417 756


TEKNIIKANTIE 4 A
02044 VTT ESPOO
Finland
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Artem Katasonov
Tel.: +358401976669
Fax: +358207223499
E-mail
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 412 781


UNIVERSITY CAMPUS ADMINISTRATION BUREAU
54124 THESSALONIKI
Greece
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Georgia Petridou
Tel.: +302310995140
Fax: +302310853283
E-mail
MACCABI HEALTHCARE SERVICES
Israel

EU contribution: EUR 434 260


HAMERED STREET 27
68125 TEL AVIV
Israel
Activity type: Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Rachelle Kaye
Tel.: +972 508800096
E-mail
TP VISION EUROPE BV
Participation ended
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 144 627


PRINS BERNHARDPLEIN 200
1097 JB AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Arne Duwaer
Tel.: +31 6 2504 0268
E-mail
PHILIPS CONSUMER LIFESTYLE B.V.
Participation ended
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 18 624


HIGH TECH CAMPUS 37
5656 AE EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Patrick Keur
Tel.: +31 40 2747980
Fax: +31 40 2747980
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 457 250


Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW COVENTRY
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Peter Hedges
Tel.: +44 024 7652 3716
E-mail

Subjects

Life Sciences
Record Number: 100913 / Last updated on: 2017-04-22
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