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Amigo Ambient Intelligence for the networked home environment

Project description

Open development platforms for software and services
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But in this pre-dawn of the information age, that model is no longer valid.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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-IST-2
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Coordinator

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Address
High Tech Campus 52
5656 AG Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 939 548

Participants (21)

EUROPAEISCHES MICROSOFT INNOVATIONS CENTER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 748 100
Address
Ritterstrasse
52072 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 152 262
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
IKERLAN S. COOP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 563 438
Address
P Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta 2
20500 Mondragon
Activity type
Research Organisations
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 163 500
Address
Ronda De La Comunicacion S/n Distrito C Edificio Oeste I
28050 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FAGOR ELECTRODOMESTICOS S. COOP.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 288 519
Address
Barrio San Andres 18
20500 Mondragon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 944 600
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
ORANGE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 1 064 803
Address
111 Quai Du President Roosevelt
92130 Issy Les Moulineaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ANONYMI ETAIREIA EREVNAS KAI ANAPTYSIS SYSTIMATON PLIROFORIKIS AE

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 77 265
Address
N.e.o. Patron - Athinon 37
26442 Patras
Activity type
Other
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 378 000
Address
Patission Str. 42
10682 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
SINGKIOULAR LOTZIK ANONYMOS ETAIRIA PLIROFORIAKON SYSTIMATON & EFARMOGON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 551 910
Address
Iolkou Panagouli Sinisoglou Kai Filikis Etaireias
14234 N Ionia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ITALDESIGN - GIUGIARO S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 438 834
Address
Via San Quintino 28
10100 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PHILIPS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 404 161
Address
Groenewoudseweg 1
5621 BA Eindhoven
Activity type
Other
STICHTING NOVAY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 606 000
Address
Brouwerijstraat
7523XC Enschede
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE DE NANCY 2
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Baron Louis 25
54001 Nancy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenue De La Foret De Haye 2
54501 Vandoeuvre Les Nancy Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
20 Avenue Albert Einstein
69621 Villeurbanne Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMS bordeaux
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
351 Cours De La Liberation
33405 Talence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ELECTRONIQUE, INFORMATIQUE ET RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS DE BORDEAUX
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
1, Avenue Du Docteur Albert Schweitzer
33402 Talence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITE HENRI POINCARE NANCY 1
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Lionnois 24-30
54003 Nancy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments