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FP6 AMIGO: Ambient Intelligence for the networked home environment

AMIGO

Project ID: 004182
Funded under

Amigo Ambient Intelligence for the networked home environment

From 2004-09-01 to 2008-02-29, closed project | AMIGO Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 24 034 871

EU contribution:

EUR 12 960 000

Coordinated in:

Netherlands

Call for proposal:

FP6-2003-IST-2See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Smart living in AMIGO’s intelligent home

Soon home will be wherever you are, thanks to AMIGO. The project has created a system that can support the activities of all the family, whether in your home, out and about or abroad.

The system can keep track of family members, or alert the appropriate person if someone suddenly falls ill. It can also plan a family meal and order the ingredients from the local grocer. It is so sophisticated that it can even tell you if you have forgotten your wallet before you leave the house.

AMIGO grouped over 15 leading information technology and communications companies and research institutes – like Philips, Telefonica, France Telecom and Fraunhofer – in a concerted effort to create the intelligent home.

The pre-dawn of the intelligent home

Traditionally, home automation, consumer electronics, mobile communications and personal computing were strictly separate businesses with their own standards, devices, and priorities.

But in this pre-dawn of the information age, that model is no longer valid. All devices should at least be able to communicate with each other. And they should remain aware of context, so that devices can co-operate to achieve an overall goal.

AMIGO focused on three thematic areas dealing with the intelligent home: care and safety, information and entertainment, and extended support for linking family members and friends as they go about their daily routines.

Hints about the future

For example, John walks to the front door to leave for work. The system knows the context – why he is going to the door: John typically goes to work at that time. It also knows that his wallet is still on his bedside table. The system tells John he has forgotten his wallet.

Later in the day, if John goes to the door to pick up the mail, the system would identify the behaviour but not alert him about his wallet

Or suppose Alice suddenly slumps in her chair while a pot is boiling on the stove. The AMIGO system would try to wake her up but if it fails it will turn off the stove. It will then try to alert John, and if that fails, the system tries to contact a neighbour, or whoever else is listed as the next contact.

These are just examples that hint at the system’s power. AMIGO’s intelligent home system could also arrange games between extended family members, such as uncles, cousins or grandparents. The potential is limited only by the imagination of the designers.

Busting the technology bottlenecks

Until now, such types of services have either proved difficult or impossible. Previously, companies developed their own devices for the home, which typically did not work with those produced by others. These technological bottlenecks made it difficult to design an intelligent home system.

But AMIGO’s researchers went right back to the drawing board. They developed an open source software system, a set of specifications, and an intelligent home architecture. In doing so, they provided all the tools designers require to develop new home services. The open source nature of the software means it can be used and adapted by anybody.

Moreover, the project partners are putting their marketing and product development might behind the AMIGO system.

The specifications will ensure that, from now on, devices like washing machines, PDAs, computers or TVs can be designed to work within an AMIGO home. It all means that adoption of the system could be very swift indeed.

Objective

The networked home environment leads to many new opportunities, the most important one is Ambient Intelligence. However, general end-user acceptance of home networking is not yet in place. To get this and fast market introduction two elements need to be resolved:(i) Installation and use of the networked home system must be simple and user-friendly, that is the usability of the system must be high(ii) Attractive services must be present which clearly offer an advantage over what is offered by today is non-networked systems. Many of these new services will use context and user information in a way that is not possible in present non-networked systems. They are called intelligent user services as they make the system `intelligent' from the end-user view.The Amigo project will focus on the usability of a networked home system by developing open, standardized, interoperable middleware. The developed middleware will guarantee automatic dynamic configuration of the devices and services within this home system by addressing autonomy and composability aspects. The second focus of the Amigo project will be on improving the end-user attractiveness of a networked home system by developing interoperable intelligent user services and application prototypes. The Amigo project will further support interoperability between equipment and services within the networked home environment by using standard technology when possible and by making the basic middleware (components and infrastructure) and intelligent user services available as open source software together with architectural rules for everyone to use. The Amigo project is a huge step towards general introduction of the networked home and towards Ambient Intelligence by solving the main technological issues that endanger the usability of a networked home system, as well as creating clear end-user benefits by introducing intelligent user services and attractive prototype applications.

Related information

Documents and Publications (35)

Coordinator contact

Maddy JANSE, (Principal Scientist)
Tel.: +31 40 2749540
Fax: +31 40 2744639
E-mail

Coordinator

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 1 939 548


Professor Holstlaan 4 (WDC-3052)
5656 AA Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Maddy Janse
Tel.: +31 40 2742863
Fax: +31 40 2744918
E-mail

Participants

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 2 152 262


HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Norbert Streitz
Tel.: +49-6151-869919
Fax: +49-6151-869966
E-mail
EUROPAEISCHES MICROSOFT INNOVATIONS CENTER GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 748 100


RITTERSTRASSE 23
52072 AACHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Mark Gilbert
Tel.: +49 241 9978417
Fax: +49 241 9978477
E-mail
IKERLAN S.COOP.
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 563 438


PASEO JOSE MARIA ARIZMENDIARRIETA 2
20500 MONDRAGON
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Natividad Herrasti
Tel.: +34-943712400
Fax: +34-943796944
E-mail
FAGOR ELECTRODOMESTICOS S. COOP.
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 288 519


BARRIO SAN ANDRES, 18
20500 MONDRAGON
Spain
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Alfonso Garate Orbe
Tel.: +34-943037100
Fax: +34-943796881
E-mail
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 1 163 500


Emilio Vargas, 6
ES28043 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Javier Arribas de Frutos
Tel.: + 34 913379126
Fax: +34 915103312
E-mail
VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 944 600


Vuorimiehentie 5
02044 Espoo
Finland
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Pekka Koskela
Tel.: +358-8-5512475
Fax: +358-8-5512320
FRANCE TELECOM SA
France

EU contribution: EUR 1 064 803


6 PLACE D'ALLERAY
75015 PARIS
France
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Gilles PRIVAT
Tel.: +33476764330
Fax: + 33476764450
E-mail
ANONYMI ETAIREIA EREVNAS KAI ANAPTYSIS SYSTIMATON PLIROFORIKIS AE
Participation ended
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 77 265


N.E.O. PATRON - ATHINON 37
26442 PATRAS
Greece
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: GIANNA TSAKOU
Tel.: +30 2610 452820
Fax: +30 2610 453819
E-mail
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 378 000


PATISSION STREET 42
10682 ATHENS
Greece
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Efstathios D. Sykas
Tel.: +302107722528
Fax: +302107722530
E-mail
SINGKIOULAR LOTZIK ANONYMI ETAIRIA PLIROFORIAKON SYSTIMATON & EFARMOGON
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 551 910


59-61, AG. KONSTANTINOU STR.
15124 MAROUSSI
Greece
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Basilis Kladis
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Fax: +30 2610 453819
E-mail
ITALDESIGN - GIUGIARO S.P.A.
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 438 834


VIA SAN QUINTINO 28
10121 Turin
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Sergio Di Marca
Tel.: +39 011 6891702
Fax: +39-011-6472713
E-mail
PHILIPS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 404 161


Groenewoudseweg 1
5621 BA Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Geke Deetman
Tel.: +31-40-27 59277
Fax: +31-40-27 59311
E-mail
STICHTING TELEMATICA INSTITUUT
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 606 000


Drienerlolaan 5
7500 AN Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Henk Eertink
Tel.: +31-53-4850409
Fax: +31-53-4850400
E-mail
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ELECTRONIQUE, INFORMATIQUE ET RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS DE BORDEAUX
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


1, AVENUE DU DOCTEUR ALBERT SCHWEITZER
33402 TALENCE
France
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE NANCY II
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


RUE BARON LOUIS 25
54001 NANCY
France
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


20, AVENUE ALBERT EINSTEIN
69621 VILLEURBANNE CEDEX
France
UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX I SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


351, COURS DE LA LIBERATION
33405 TALENCE
France
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

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3, RUE MICHEL-ANGE
75794 PARIS CEDEX 16
France
UNIVERSITE HENRI POINCARE NANCY 1
France

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RUE LIONNOIS 24 -30
54003 NANCY
France
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


AVENUE DE LA FORET DE HAYE 2
54501 VANDOEUVRE-LES-NANCY
France
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 0


DRIENERLOLAAN 5
7522 NB ENSCHEDE
Netherlands
Record Number: 71920 / Last updated on: 2016-08-03