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Supporting Independently Living Citizens

Objective

The percentage of old and very old persons in the population is increasing in most European countries. At the same time, most ageing persons want to continue to live in their own home for as long as possible. As many older persons live in single-person households, ways and means have to be found to their ensure personal safety and to support their activities of daily living. SILC will produce an alarm system based on a wrist-worn electronic device that has integrated innovative biometric sensors, and that monitors the pulse, temperature, and acceleration; other sensor signals can be added later. Via a telecommunication link, it will be possible to trigger an alarm call in the event that critical conditions are detected. Increased value as an encouragement to permanent use is provided by integrating cordless telephone operation, and environmental control functionality, under a user-friendly interface designed to support disabled and elderly people.

Objectives:
The SILC project aims at developing an innovative and intelligent alarm system to increase the safety and independence of elderly and disabled citizens. In contrast to existing alarm phones, SILC will be equipped with a range of biometric sensors which can be programmed individually to trigger an alarm call automatically when a critical situation is detected. In order to increase the benefit to the user beyond the alarm function several additional utilities - like a cordless phone, environmental control functionality, and personal digital assistant-like functions - combined with an intuitive user interface will be integrated to facilitate safe and independent living at home. In general, SILC will foster and facilitate senior citizens' capacity to stay longer in their own household before institutional care becomes necessary.

Work description:
The project is grouped into three main phases: the first phase (months 1-9) is dedicated to the analysis and transfer of the user needs to the system architecture specifications. The milestone for this phase is the completion of the system specifications. The second phase (months 8-24) is the construction period when all the system components (including hardware and software) will be developed. The first part of this phase is dedicated to the development of the various modules, which will be tested against the specifications: system kernel, telecommunication, sensors, and user interface. During the final six months of this phase, the modules will be integrated. This will result in a prototype of the SILC-system. The milestone for this phase is a first prototype to be tested by real users. The third phase (months 25 to 36) consists of the usual development cycle of testing, redesign/improvement, and subsequent testing. Within the project one such cycle will be carried out. Work package 11 will take care of verification. The second task of work package 11 will be dedicated to the redesign phase. User validation will be performed in work package 12. Additional redesign and testing will be carried out - if necessary - by the exploiting partners between the end of the project and the start of production and marketing. Parallel to the three phases, management (work package 1), exploitation (work package 2) and dissemination (work package 3) will take place to guarantee optimal co-operation and timely provision of results as well as continuous focus on the market. User involvement (work package 4), which takes place across all phases of the project, as a separate, permanent task, has been created. This fourth work package includes the analysis and the assessment of user requirements and expectations, specifications and system design, verification, and validation of the prototypes. Quality assurance and analysis of any ethical impacts is another task of work package 4.

Milestones:
- Dissemination and Use (DUP) and Quality Assurance (QA) Plan
- Specifications for modules and system
- Technology Implementation Plan
- Integration of modules into first prototype to be tested by real users
- Verification results
- Redesign based on verification results leading to second prototype
- Exploitation Plan
- Validation results.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS AND MATERIAL SCIENCE
Address
Gusshausstrasse 27/366
1040 Wien
Austria

Participants (10)

AJUNTAMENT DE CALLUS
Spain
Address
Placa Major 1
08262 Callus
CARDIONETICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Centaur House, Ancells Business Park
GU13 8UJ Fleet, Hampshire
CHCVITAE, S.A.
Spain
Address
Av. Tibidabo 21
08022 Barcelona
CLOUDWORLD LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Thames Bank, Chiswick Mall
W4 2PR London
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
Address
Steyrergasse 17
8010 Graz
JOHANNITER-UNFALL-HILFE IN OESTERREICH
Austria
Address
Herbeckstrasse 39
1180 Wien
KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Municipal Buildings, Archway Road
L36 9YU Huyton, Knowsley
REGIONE DEL VENETO
Italy
Address
Dorsoduro 3901 - Palazzio Balbi
30123 Venezia
STADT WIEN
Austria
Address
Rathaus
1082 Wien
TECWINGS INDUSTRIALISIERUNG UND ELEKTRONIKPRODUKTION GMBH
Austria
Address
Industriestrasse 1
2100 Korneuburg