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wearIT@work

Project ID: 004216
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Empowering the mobile worker by wearable computing

From 2004-06-01 to 2009-05-31, closed project | wearIT@work Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 23 375 850

EU contribution:

EUR 14 297 149

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

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.

Objective

Wearable mobile computing empowers professionals to higher levels of productivity. It provides effective forms of access to knowledge and computing power anywhere and in any situation. The new technology-paradigm meets the growing demand on European professionals to become more flexible and efficient in an increasingly challenging work environment. Wearable computing will improve productivity because it allows workers to complete more complex tasks in less time and with less effort. wearIT@work will develop a core technology in the transition of the European economy to a service-centred economy, as a result of which new jobs and economic growth in Europe will be generated. Europe should take the lead in exploiting this unique potential of job creation, job enhancement, and economic growth. Because the mobile computing solutions of today are still too complex, too obtrusive, and too demanding on the user to be seamlessly integrated into complex work-processes, their usability in industrial scenarios and their acceptance by the workers is still limited. wearIT@work takes the next important step of innovation: it will develop a new paradigm for wearable mobile computing that supports complex tasks with a minimum of human-machine interaction and thereby enables mobile professionals to keep their attention focused on the interaction with the work environment. A new software and hardware platform will be created in which professionals can be mobile and at the same time fully integrated into the surrounding IT infrastructure.The new technology will have a long-term impact on the organization of individual and collaborative work and create new ways to organize work. The feasibility of the wearIT@work approach will be tested in a set of real-world pilot applications. In a close feedback-loop, experiences made in the pilots will be used to optimize methods and tools and to prove the usability of wearable mobile computing in industrial settings.

Coordinator contact

Otthein HERZOG, (Project coordinator)
Tel.: +49-421218-7090
Fax: +49-421218-7196
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 2 284 165


Universitaetsalle 21-23
28359 Bremen
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Otthein Herzog
Tel.: +49-421218-7090
Fax: +49-421218-7196
E-mail

Participants

SYSTEMA HUMAN INFORMATION SYSTEMS GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 252 500


Pachergasse 4
4400 Steyr
Austria
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Felix Frick
Tel.: +43-72525871562
Fax: +43-72521700
E-mail
OBEROESTERREICHISCHE GESUNDHEITS- UND SPITALS-AG
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 289 032


Hafenstrasse 47-51
A-4020 Linz
Austria
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Reinhard Koller
Tel.: +43505546020710
Fax: +435055460411
E-mail
ROSENBAUER INTERNATIONAL AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 347 202


PASCHINGER STRASSE 90
4060 LEONDING
Austria
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Hubert Heissl
Tel.: +43-732-6794526
Fax: +43-732-679474
E-mail
INSTITUT FUER MEDIZINISCHE INFORMATIK UND TECHNIK TIROL, GMBH
Participation ended
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 290 000


INNRAIN 98
6020 INNSBRUCK
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Paul Lukowicz
Tel.: +43-508648-3805
Fax: +43-508648-3928
MULTITEL ASBL
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 463 125


RUE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE 2
7000 MONS
Belgium
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: St�ane Deketelaere
Tel.: +32 65 374772
Fax: +32 65 374729
E-mail
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 507 000


RAEMISTRASSE 101
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Gerhard Tr�ster
Tel.: +41-1-6323964
Fax: +41-1-6321210
E-mail
SKODA AUTO A.S.
Czechia

EU contribution: EUR 54 733


V�ava Klementa 869
Mlad�oleslav
Czechia
Activity type:
Administrative contact: J�rgen Kleeeis
Tel.: +420326817273
Fax: +420326817393
E-mail
EUROPAEISCHES MICROSOFT INNOVATIONS CENTER GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 288 900


RITTERSTRASSE 23
52072 AACHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: G�tz-Philip Brasche
Tel.: +49 241 9978412
Fax: +49 241 9978477
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 107 500


Warburger Stra� 100
33098 Paderborn
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: J�rgen Gausemeier
Tel.: +49 5251 606266
Fax: +49 5251 606268
E-mail
SONY INTERNATIONAL (EUROPE) GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 0


Kemperplatz 1
D-10785 Berlin
Germany
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Peter Buchner
Tel.: +49 711 5858210
Fax: +49 711 5858598
SAP AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 524 025


NEUROTTSTRASSE 16
69190 WALLDORF
Germany
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Lutz Heuser
Tel.: +49 6227 761753
Fax: +49 6227 740964
E-mail
BIBA - BREMER INSTITUT FUER PRODUKTION UND LOGISTIK GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 305 923


HOCHSCHULRING 20
28359 BREMEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Ernesto Morales Kluge
Tel.: +49 4212185580
Fax: +49 4212185640
E-mail
Universität Passau
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 200 400


INNSTRASSE 41
94032 PASSAU
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Walter Schweitzer
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 601 903


HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Markus Klann
Tel.: +49-2241-142152
Fax: +49-2241-142146
E-mail
UNITY AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT FUER UNTERNEHMENSFUEHRUNG UND INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 453 900


LINDBERGHRING 1
33142 BUEREN
Germany
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Holger Krumm
Tel.: +492955743268
Fax: +492955743299
INFOCONSULT GESELLSCHAFT FUER INFORMATIONSTECHNIK MBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 608 764


Universitaetsallee 17
D-28359 Bremen
Germany
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Peter Knackfuss
Tel.: +49 421 3306480
Fax: +49 421 3306489
VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FORSCHUNG IN DER FREIEN HANSESTADT BREMEN E.V.
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 281 277


Wilhelm-Herbst-Strasse 5
28335 BREMEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Ernesto Morales Kluge
Tel.: +49 4212185580
Fax: +49 4212185640
E-mail
DOCOMO COMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES EUROPE GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 178 750


LANDSBERGERSTRASSE 312
80687 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Christian Prehofer
Tel.: +49-89-56824223
Fax: +49-89-56824300
E-mail
BREMER INVESTITIONS-GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 51 680


LANGENSTRASSE 2-4
28195 BREMEN
Germany
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Dieter Voss
Tel.: +49 421 9600328
Fax: +49 421 9600832
BIA BREMER INNOVATIONS-AGENTUR GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 24 320


Langenstr. 2-4
28359 Bremen
Germany
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Cornelia Hamann
Tel.: +49 421 9600323
Fax: +49 421 9600830
SIEMENS BUSINESS SERVICES GMBH & CO. OHG
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 218 837


OTTO-HAHN-RING 6
81739 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Heinz-Josef Eikerling
Tel.: +49/5251/606133
Fax: +49/5251/606065
E-mail
CARL ZEISS
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 505 050


Carl-Zeiss-Str. 4-54
73447 OBERKOCHEN
Germany
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Frank Hoeller
Tel.: +49-7364-204399
Fax: +49-7364-202375
E-mail
SIEMENS AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 303 770


Wittelsbacherplatz 2
80333 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Wolfgang Thronicke
Tel.: +49521606174
Fax: +49521606065
E-mail
MOBILE INTERNET TECHNOLOGY A/S
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 223 250


HVEDEMARKEN
DK-3520 Farum
Denmark
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Christian Zilstorff
Tel.: +45 44 99 01 04
Fax: +45 44 99 01 34
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 377 975


AVENIDA OTAOLA 20
20600 EIBAR
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: I�KI MAURTUA ORMAETXEA
Tel.: 34943206744
Fax: 34943202757
E-mail
EKAHAU OY
Participation ended
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 6 924


Tammasaarenlaituri 3
00180 Helsinki
Finland
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Jarmo Ikonen
Tel.: +358 207 435920
Fax: +358 207435919
THALES COMMUNICATIONS SA
France

EU contribution: EUR 460 760


160 BOULEVARD DE VALMY
92700 COLOMBES
France
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Fran�s CAPMAN
Tel.: +33 1 46132963
Fax: +33 1 46132555
E-mail
PREFECTURE DE POLICE DE PARIS
France

EU contribution: EUR 54 353


1, Place Jules Renard
75823 Paris
France
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Joseph DUPRE LA TOUR
Tel.: 0147546870
Fax: 0147546886
E-mail
EADS CCR
Participation ended
France

EU contribution: EUR 117 614


37, BOULEVARD DE MONTMORENCY
75781 PARIS
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Pascale HUGUES
Tel.: 33(1)561184726
Fax: 33(0)561187611
E-mail
IONIAN TECHN LTD.
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 263 400


93 Riga Feraiou St.
26221 Patras
Greece
Activity type:
Administrative contact: BILL VASSILIADIS
Tel.: +30 2610 622655
Fax: +30 2610 272425
E-mail
NIKOLAOS PETRAKOPOULOS EBAE
Participation ended
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 11 499


PANEPISTIMIOU 59
10564 ATHENS
Greece
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Polychronis Tzerefos
Tel.: +30 2103727759
Fax: +30 2103223694
E-mail
CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 124 700


ROSSA AVENUE, BISHOPSTOWN
CORK
Ireland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Dirk Pesch
Tel.: +353 21 4326377
Fax: +353 21 4326625
E-mail
EDNA PASHER PHD & ASSOCIATES MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT LTD
Israel

EU contribution: EUR 333 750


31 ZOHAR TAL ST.
46741 HERZLIYA PITI'ACH
Israel
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Edna Pasher
Tel.: +972-9-9551512
Fax: +972-9-9546184
TEAM TECNOLOGIA ENERGIA AMBIENTE MATERIALI S.R.L.
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 224 400


Via G. Marconi, 46
21027 Ispra (Varese)
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Tayyab ABBAS SHAMSI
Tel.: +39-0332-781777
Fax: +39-0332-780802
E-mail
COMUNITA MONTANA DELLA LUNIGIANA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 20 600


PIAZZA DE GASPERI 17
54013 FIVIZZANO
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Alcide Baldassini
Tel.: +39 0585942011
Fax: +39 0585948080
E-mail
KARADA ITALIA S.R.L.
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 86 750


Via L. Da Vinci 190
50059 Sovigliana - Vinci (FI)
Italy
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Filippo Pagliai
Tel.: +39 0571 50061
Fax: +39 0571 509640
E-mail
TXT E-SOLUTIONS SPA
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 85 745


VIA FRIGIA 27
20126 MILANO
Italy
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Sergio Gusmeroli
Tel.: +390225771310
Fax: +390225771828
E-mail
GRADO ZERO ESPACE SRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 198 250


VIA VIII MARZO 8
50053 EMPOLI
Italy
Activity type:
Administrative contact: SILVIO CAMPIGLI
Tel.: 00390571902473
Fax: 00390571509640
ACTVALUE CONSULTING & SOLUTIONS SRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 99 385


VIALE BIANCA MARIA
20129 MILANO
Italy
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Luca Zanella
Tel.: +39 0293464224
Fax: +39 0293464230
E-mail
HEWLETT PACKARD ITALIANA SRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 624 000


VIA G. DI VITTORIO, 9
20063 CERNUSCO SUL NAVIGLIO
Italy
Activity type:
Administrative contact: Marco Di Girolamo
Tel.: +39-02-92123218
Fax: +39-02-92123993
E-mail
STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VOOR DE KUNSTEN UTRECHT
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 55 645


LANGE VIESTRAAT 2 B
3511 BK UTRECHT
Netherlands
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: David Crombie
Tel.: +31 356836464
Fax: +31 35683 6480
E-mail
COMARCH S.A.
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 185 782


AL. JANA PAWLA II 39A
31-864 KRAKOW
Poland
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Gregory Kolodziej
Tel.: +48 12 646 1334
Fax: +48 12 646 1400
E-mail
MOBILERA BILISIM VE ILETISIM TEKNOLOJILERI TICARET A.S.
Turkey

EU contribution: EUR 264 000


Buyukdere Cad. Yunus Emre Sok. No:1 Kat:1 4.Levent
34416 Istanbul
Turkey
Activity type:
Administrative contact: ZEYNEP SARILAR
Tel.: +902122849104
Fax: +902123240639
IN2 SEARCH INTERFACES DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 46 102


GREAT HAMPTON STREET
B18 6EW BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Georgios Ioannidis
Tel.: +49 4212208236
Fax: +49 1793312286677
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