Falls are prominent among the causes of unintentional injury, particularly for the elderly. According to WHO, 28-35% of people aged of 65 and above fall each year increasing to 32-42% for those over 70. ICT is an excellent tool for addressing the situation briefly sketched above therefore KINOPTIM will develop, integrate and pilot an infrastructure for the implementation of a comprehensive fall prevention and holistic management service by means of innovative use of technology. This home-care solution will address older people living in the community in a preventative manner and rely on ICT and virtual reality gaming through the exploitation of haptic technologies, vision control and context awareness methods. A dedicated programme of service process innovation complemented by adapting existing technology will be pursued, thereby following an iterative and needs-driven approach which has been proven highly effective and efficient in comparable service development context. The foreseen qualities of KINOPTIM will be its affordability both in term of cost and human factors as well as its accuracy to assess indicators of fall risk level both for diagnosis and rehabilitation/training strategy orientation. The KINOPTIM platform and service intends to implement a life-course approach in order to help people adopt healthier behaviour earlier in life and adapt to age-associated changes. It promises to redefine fall prevention by motivating people to be more active, in a friendly way and with tele-supervision if necessary. By covering the entire value-chain (academics: National Technical University of Athens, University of Orléans, University of Barcelona; private research organization: CEIT; Industry: SingularLogic, BRAINSTORM, MEDeTIC, health service provider: MEDeTIC), KINOPTIM intends to create a “win-win” situation between the academic and private sector that will enhance the competitiveness of Europe in the bioengineering and healthcare domain.
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