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Amigo Ambient Intelligence for the networked home environment

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 004182

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    29 February 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 24 034 871

  • EU contribution

    € 12 960 000

Coordinated by:

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

Project description

Open development platforms for software and services Smart living in AMIGO’s intelligent home

Soon home will be wherever you are, thanks to AMIGO. The project has created a system that can support the activities of all the family, whether in your home, out and about or abroad.

The system can keep track of family members, or alert the appropriate person if someone suddenly falls ill. It can also plan a family meal and order the ingredients from the local grocer. It is so sophisticated that it can even tell you if you have forgotten your wallet before you leave the house.

AMIGO grouped over 15 leading information technology and communications companies and research institutes – like Philips, Telefonica, France Telecom and Fraunhofer – in a concerted effort to create the intelligent home.

The pre-dawn of the intelligent home

Traditionally, home automation, consumer electronics, mobile communications and personal computing were strictly separate businesses with their own standards, devices, and priorities.

But in this pre-dawn of the information age, that model is no longer valid. All devices should at least be able to communicate with each other. And they should remain aware of context, so that devices can co-operate to achieve an overall goal.

AMIGO focused on three thematic areas dealing with the intelligent home: care and safety, information and entertainment, and extended support for linking family members and friends as they go about their daily routines.

Hints about the future

For example, John walks to the front door to leave for work. The system knows the context – why he is going to the door: John typically goes to work at that time. It also knows that his wallet is still on his bedside table. The system tells John he has forgotten his wallet.

Later in the day, if John goes to the door to pick up the mail, the system would identify the behaviour but not alert him about his wallet

Or suppose Alice suddenly slumps in her chair while a pot is boiling on the stove. The AMIGO system would try to wake her up but if it fails it will turn off the stove. It will then try to alert John, and if that fails, the system tries to contact a neighbour, or whoever else is listed as the next contact.

These are just examples that hint at the system’s power. AMIGO’s intelligent home system could also arrange games between extended family members, such as uncles, cousins or grandparents. The potential is limited only by the imagination of the designers.

Busting the technology bottlenecks

Until now, such types of services have either proved difficult or impossible. Previously, companies developed their own devices for the home, which typically did not work with those produced by others. These technological bottlenecks made it difficult to design an intelligent home system.

But AMIGO’s researchers went right back to the drawing board. They developed an open source software system, a set of specifications, and an intelligent home architecture. In doing so, they provided all the tools designers require to develop new home services. The open source nature of the software means it can be used and adapted by anybody.

Moreover, the project partners are putting their marketing and product development might behind the AMIGO system.

The specifications will ensure that, from now on, devices like washing machines, PDAs, computers or TVs can be designed to work within an AMIGO home. It all means that adoption of the system could be very swift indeed.

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Coordinator

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV

Address

High Tech Campus 52
5656 Ag Eindhoven

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 939 548

Participants (21)

EUROPAEISCHES MICROSOFT INNOVATIONS CENTER GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 748 100

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 152 262

IKERLAN S. COOP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 563 438

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 163 500

FAGOR ELECTRODOMESTICOS S. COOP.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 288 519

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 944 600

ORANGE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 064 803

ANONYMI ETAIREIA EREVNAS KAI ANAPTYSIS SYSTIMATON PLIROFORIKIS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 77 265

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 378 000

SINGKIOULAR LOTZIK ANONYMOS ETAIRIA PLIROFORIAKON SYSTIMATON & EFARMOGON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 551 910

ITALDESIGN - GIUGIARO S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 438 834

PHILIPS INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 404 161

STICHTING NOVAY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 606 000

UNIVERSITE DE NANCY 2

France

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE

France

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON

France

IMS bordeaux

France

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ELECTRONIQUE, INFORMATIQUE ET RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS DE BORDEAUX

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

UNIVERSITE HENRI POINCARE NANCY 1

France

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 004182

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    29 February 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 24 034 871

  • EU contribution

    € 12 960 000

Coordinated by:

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

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