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Empowering the mobile worker by wearable computing

Project description

Applications and Services for the Mobile User and worker Why not wear your computer to work?

Wearing computers and computer-controlled devices in the workplace is becoming increasingly popular and is set to become commonplace.

Thanks in large part to work being done by European researchers, wearable computers – or simply ‘wearables’ – come in many forms. These include computers on a belt, spectacles with video displays and location devices stored in shoes.

The devices are all designed to make work easier, quicker and often safer for people in environments where using even a handheld computer is not a viable option.

Originally launched in 2004, the WearIT@work project, is now in its third phase and is still going strong. The project team has focused on developing a new paradigm for wearable mobile computing.

Researchers aim to support complex tasks with a minimum of human-machine interaction, allowing people to focus instead on their work environments.

Field testing prototypes

Initially, four different fields were chosen for pilot studies – healthcare, emergency response, aircraft maintenance, and production management and training. Having set up initial showcases for the projects, the researchers then developed and tested system prototypes, with the final stage being a full-scale industrial pilot.

In healthcare, WearIT@work set out to develop a system that would improve the availability of information in real time. The system also aims to improve communication, data sharing, data management and information documentation among healthcare professionals.

The prototype system is a textile integrated input device that is able to communicate with fixed infrastructure, such as bedside displays and portable devices. Users have access to all available patient information at any time and anywhere in the hospital.

Vision of the future

The researchers envisage a future when doctors and nurses will wear similar equipment everywhere they work, in surgeries and on home visits, as well as in hospitals. They also forecast that convalescents and the elderly will be equipped with wearables allowing medical staff to monitor and advise them.

For the emergency services pilot, which concentrated on fire services, the researchers had several different challenges to meet. They developed a navigation system prototype called LifeNet. The prototype gives a mission controller an exact location fix of everybody during a fire, and helps track them in real time as they move around.

Improved communications between individual fire fighters and with the control centre was achieved via a software component that creates ad-hoc networks using whatever systems happen to be available.

Another software algorithm allows the fire fighters to control the wearable system through voice commands.

Aircraft maintenance vest

The maintenance pilot test involved equipping aircraft maintenance personnel with a vest integrated with a variety of wearable technologies. For the fourth pilot, workers on a car production line were given all of the information they required to perform production tasks.

Overall, the project resulted in a technological repository of hardware and software wearable solutions for an increasing number of workplace scenarios.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-IST-2
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Address
Universitaetsalle 21-23
28359 Bremen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 284 165

Participants (44)

SYSTEMA HUMAN INFORMATION SYSTEMS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 252 500
Address
Pachergasse 4
4400 Steyr
OBEROESTERREICHISCHE GESUNDHEITS- UND SPITALS-AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 289 032
Address
Hafenstrasse 47-51
A-4020 Linz
Activity type
Other
ROSENBAUER INTERNATIONAL AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 347 202
Address
Paschinger Strasse 90
4060 Leonding
INSTITUT FUER MEDIZINISCHE INFORMATIK UND TECHNIK TIROL, GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 290 000
Address
Innrain 98
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MULTITEL ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 463 125
Address
Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie 2
7000 Mons
Activity type
Research Organisations
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 507 000
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SKODA AUTO A.S.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 54 733
Address
V�ava Klementa 869
Mlad�oleslav
EUROPAEISCHES MICROSOFT INNOVATIONS CENTER GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 288 900
Address
Ritterstrasse 23
52072 Aachen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 107 500
Address
Warburger Stra� 100
33098 Paderborn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SONY INTERNATIONAL (EUROPE) GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Kemperplatz 1
D-10785 Berlin
SAP AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 524 025
Address
Neurottstrasse 16
69190 Walldorf
BIBA - BREMER INSTITUT FUER PRODUKTION UND LOGISTIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 305 923
Address
Hochschulring 20
28359 Bremen
Universität Passau
Germany
EU contribution
€ 200 400
Address
Innstrasse 41
94032 Passau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany
EU contribution
€ 601 903
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNITY AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT FUER UNTERNEHMENSFUEHRUNG UND INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 453 900
Address
Lindberghring 1
33142 Bueren
Activity type
Other
INFOCONSULT GESELLSCHAFT FUER INFORMATIONSTECHNIK MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 608 764
Address
Universitaetsallee 17
D-28359 Bremen
Activity type
Other
VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FORSCHUNG IN DER FREIEN HANSESTADT BREMEN E.V.

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 281 277
Address
Wilhelm-herbst-strasse 5
28335 Bremen
Activity type
Research Organisations
DOCOMO COMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 178 750
Address
Landsbergerstrasse 312
80687 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
BREMER INVESTITIONS-GESELLSCHAFT MBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 51 680
Address
Langenstrasse 2-4
28195 Bremen
BIA BREMER INNOVATIONS-AGENTUR GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 24 320
Address
Langenstr. 2-4
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Other
SIEMENS BUSINESS SERVICES GMBH & CO. OHG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 218 837
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 Muenchen
CARL ZEISS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 505 050
Address
Carl-zeiss-str. 4-54
73447 Oberkochen
SIEMENS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 303 770
Address
Wittelsbacherplatz 2
80333 Muenchen
MOBILE INTERNET TECHNOLOGY A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 223 250
Address
Hvedemarken
DK-3520 Farum
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 377 975
Address
Avenida Otaola 20
20600 Eibar
Activity type
Research Organisations
EKAHAU OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 6 924
Address
Tammasaarenlaituri 3
00180 Helsinki
THALES COMMUNICATIONS SA
France
EU contribution
€ 460 760
Address
160 Boulevard De Valmy
92700 Colombes
PREFECTURE DE POLICE DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 54 353
Address
1, Place Jules Renard
75823 Paris
Activity type
Other
EADS CCR

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 117 614
Address
37, Boulevard De Montmorency
75781 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
IONIAN TECHN LTD.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 263 400
Address
93 Riga Feraiou St.
26221 Patras
NIKOLAOS PETRAKOPOULOS EBAE

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 11 499
Address
Panepistimiou 59
10564 Athens
Activity type
Other
CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 124 700
Address
Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown
Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EDNA PASHER PHD & ASSOCIATES MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 333 750
Address
31 Zohar Tal St.
46741 Herzliya Piti'ach
Activity type
Other
TEAM TECNOLOGIA ENERGIA AMBIENTE MATERIALI S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 224 400
Address
Via G. Marconi, 46
21027 Ispra (Varese)
Activity type
Other
COMUNITA MONTANA DELLA LUNIGIANA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 20 600
Address
Piazza De Gasperi 17
54013 Fivizzano
Activity type
Other
KARADA ITALIA S.R.L.

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 86 750
Address
Via L. Da Vinci 190
50059 Sovigliana - Vinci (Fi)
TXT E-SOLUTIONS SPA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 85 745
Address
Via Frigia 27
20126 Milano
GRADO ZERO ESPACE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 198 250
Address
Via Viii Marzo 8
50053 Empoli
ACTVALUE CONSULTING & SOLUTIONS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 385
Address
Viale Bianca Maria
20129 Milano
HEWLETT PACKARD ITALIANA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 624 000
Address
Via G. Di Vittorio, 9
20063 Cernusco Sul Naviglio
STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VOOR DE KUNSTEN UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 55 645
Address
Lange Viestraat 2 B
3511 BK Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMARCH S.A.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 185 782
Address
Al. Jana Pawla Ii 39A
31-864 Krakow
Activity type
Other
MOBILERA BILISIM VE ILETISIM TEKNOLOJILERI TICARET A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 264 000
Address
Buyukdere Cad. Yunus Emre Sok. No:1 Kat:1 4.Levent
34416 Istanbul
IN2 SEARCH INTERFACES DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 46 102
Address
Great Hampton Street
B18 6EW Birmingham