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Innovative Portable Traction Ramp from Smart Composite materials for Automatic Ascending and Descending of Wheelchair Users

Objective

The RampCo is a technologically advanced folding ramp, for automatic ascending and descending of wheelchair users, thus paving the way to Universal Accessibility in buildings and public spaces. RampCo is a portable ramp that can be automatically packed in the form of an all-in-one transport case and can be transferred easily and quickly by hand. RampCo will have a lightweight design due to the use of smart composite materials that will ensure the best strength/weight ratio.
The RampCo, on the wheelchair user’s command, will transport the wheelchair safely several meters all the way up the stairs, without any assistance. The RampCo will operate on slopes beyond the typical 8% (5deg angle) reaching and up to 60% (30deg angle). RampCo will be a revolutionary product in the ramp market since no other portable, foldable, extendable device exists worldwide with this feature. RampCo will be able to climb all sorts of straight stairs up to a slope of 60%. It will allow the wheelchair user to safely ascent to elevations from 50 cm (3 stairs steps) up to 140 cm (8 stairs steps). RampCo will be designed and developed in order to provide a safe accessibility solution for manually pushed and motorised wheelchairs in various kind of stairs (concrete based, glass, metal). RampCo will provide operation and navigation information to the wheelchair users, through Bluetooth technology and will allow remote access by the installer using a developed mobile application for monitoring and controlling in case of functional problems.
The RampCo could have a massive uptake to serve a practically infinite number of cases with a difference in elevation, which are currently left inaccessible or are serviced in a poor way, with no provision for use by disabled citizens without assistance and more often than not, with a compromise on safety or aesthetics. For example public buildings, hotels, museums, archaeological sites, exhibition centers, industry, banks, shops, private homes, etc.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD
Address
Agias Elenis 6 Agias Elenis Building 4Th Floor Flat Office 43
1060 Lefkosia
Cyprus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 44 814,40
Administrative Contact
Panayiotis Philimis (Dr.)

Participants (9)

DEGONDA-REHAB SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 339 325,90
Address
Avenue Du Rond Point 8
1002 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andre Degonda (Mr.)
SIEGERT ELECTRONIC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 172 800,26
Address
Pfannenstielstrasse 10
90556 Cadolzburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christia Schmaus (Ms.)
PT POLIMER TECNIC SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 222 875,77
Address
Calle Romani 2
17457 Riudellots De La Selva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Quim Aliu (Mr.)
A. POTAMITIS MEDICARE LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 247 633,67
Address
Arch. Kyprianou Avenue 62
2059 Strovolos Lefkosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Potamitis (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 13 650
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tollio A.M. Tolio (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH ENTERPRISE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 17 205
Address
Portland Villas 9 University Of Plymouth Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Tiltman (Mr.)
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Greece
EU contribution
€ 31 360
Address
Odos Souliou 1 & Kalavriton
153 44 Gerakas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nikos Sakkas (Dr.)
CYPRUS MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 8 970
Address
International Airport Avenue 6
1683 Lefkosia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Maria Kyriacou (Ms.)
PANELLINIOS SILLOGOS PARAPLIGIKON SOMATEIO
Greece
EU contribution
€ 10 365
Address
Othonos Stathatou 37-39
11145 Athina
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Evagelia Kontogeorgaki (Ms.)