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Pilots for Healthy and Active Ageing

Project description

A high-tech future for Europe’s elderly

By 2080, one in three Europeans will be over 65, increasing the demand for healthcare services. The demand for smart connected homes to support active aging and independent living solutions is also rapidly growing. The EU-funded PHArA-ON project will maximise the use of advanced services, devices, and tools – from IoT, artificial intelligence and robotics to cloud computing, smart wearables, Big Data and intelligent analytics. Its aim is to create a set of integrated and highly customisable interoperable open platforms. Platform interoperability will be implemented within Pharaon ecosystems and platforms, which will be validated in two stages: pre-validation and large-scale pilots (LSPs) conducted at pilot sites in Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain (Murcia and Andalusia).


Pharaon’s overall objective is to make a reality smart and active living for Europe’s ageing population by creating a set of integrated and highly customizable interoperable open platforms with advanced services, devices, and tools including IoT, artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud computing, smart wearables, big data, and intelligent analytics. Platform interoperability will be implemented within Pharaon ecosystems and platforms, as well as other standardised platforms within health and other domains (energy, transport and smart cities). Pharaon will consider relevant standards and will contribute to them with the help of the two standardisation bodies of the consortium. Data privacy, cybersecurity, interoperability and openness will be key design principles to pursue through the requirements generated by Pharaon experts.
Pharaon will be built upon mature existing state-of-the-art open platforms and technologies/tools provided by the partners, which will be customised and will implement cloud technologies, AI techniques and traditional algorithms for big data intelligent analytics. A user-centric approach will be followed. Pharaon will evolve based on the user feedback and the results from a MAFEIP framework that will be implemented for impact assessment. Both inputs will be used to find innovative solutions through two “open calls”: (1) single solutions, and (2) solutions to be demonstrated in small-scale pilots.
Pharaon’s integrated platforms will be validated in two stages: pre-validation and large-scale pilots (LSPs), in six different pilot sites: Murcia and Andalusia (Spain), Portugal, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Italy. A team of partners in each pilot will ensure its right development.
A set of development tools will be created and made publicly available to simplify the customisation and integration. These tools and the results of dissemination will spread the generated knowledge to promote the development of new solutions similar to Pharaon.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 233 711,89
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Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 234 107,98

Participants (58)