Pharmacie Principale SA (Coordinator)
PPSA is a chain store founded in 1912 and composed of 8 pharmacy shops and 100 health care professionals operating in the Geneva Switzerland area. Compared to a usual pharmacy store which essentially delivers drugs on prescription, PPSA has developed an expertise in the field of prevention as well as wellness. PPSA strives to help clients to take care of their health since studies have shown that life style changes and food as medicines are often more effective than drugs. Because of this unusual preventive approach, PPSA’s staff has to go through intensive training to acquire the necessary prevention knowledges to be useful and efficient in counselling. This will be very important for the project since its goal is clearly in the field of prevention. In addition, PPSA’s staff knows very well the life of the clients and their families. Since the first persons to notice a cognitive impairment are the relatives, the first thing they will do is to talk to the pharmacy staff to ask for counselling as to what to do. Pharmacies are therefore certainly one of the best places to propose products and devices meant to help the patient suffering from dementia, but also the relatives and the professional carers.
Role in the project: administrative coordinator, leading exploitation, user requirement gathering
University of Geneva (UNIGE)
UNIGE participates in the project with the TaM R&D team. Created in January 2012, TaM is currently participating in different national and international R&D projects, all linked to indoor positioning techniques, maps, navigation and processing of data coming from smartphones' sensors. Our team is composed of PhD candidates, scientists and developers. Some of us are used to work in private companies. We have the know-how to cover the complete lifecycle of a R&D project, from its initial idea to a fully operational prototype. By using agile development methods, we combine the advantages of fast prototyping, early involvement of users, and high-quality products. One of our main developments is the Global Positioning Module, which allows integration of localisation information coming from any type of source, from GPS to RFIDs, and from visual tags to sensor information and RF based localisation (like WiFi and 3G). By studying the moves of a user in its home, they can also detect unusual behaviours. For instance a user spending too much time in some areas (bathroom, corridor...) or that does not pass by some "checkpoints" (kitchen at lunch time, toilets for a while...) can be suspicious. A list of relevant projects is available at http://tam.unige.ch.
Role in the project: technical coordination; wearable sensing and localisation
TERZ is a non-profit foundation based in Berlingen, Switzerland. The foundation works in two main areas: as a representative body for mature people and as a general service provider in the market for elderly people. In our role as a service provider, we offer consulting services and an information-desk, consisting of a hotline, an online-magazine and a web-portal to advise and solve the problems of our more than 6,000 benefactors, in the subjects “prevention & health”, “living & habitation”, “finances & law” and “mobility & activity”. As the representative body for mature people, terzStiftung works as a consumer-interest-organisation and as a lobbyist for the needs of older people. The involved department focuses on research, stakeholder dialogues and testing of products, facilities and services in order to support the generation-friendly shaping of politics, media, markets and infrastructures. Regular studies are conducted on diverse aspects of ageing, such as quality of life, mobility, health, finances, politics or housing. terzStiftung issues its own media and campaign material to inform and disseminate regarding issues of active ageing, non-discrimination and social inclusion of older adults. About 330 trained and qualified seniors, aged between 50 and 85 years are available to voluntarily engage in the testing of products, facilities, infrastructure and services in their role as mature end-users and critical, informed customers. Throughout our network to private and corporate subjects, terzStiftung has access to older adults with various characteristics, environments and personal needs. Our reach covers amongst others people with different levels of independence, different types of housing as well as characteristics related to specific physical condition. Our reach also covers various partners from the retirements homes and care sector given the background of key personnel and our activities in the labelling of retirement homes. To date, around 100 labels have been issued for retirement homes in Switzerland by terzStiftung, based on surveys among employees, volunteers, residents and their relatives. terzStiftung has been involved in 13 AAL-projects by the mid of 2018 in the capacity of an end-user organisation, User-requirements analyses (e.g. surveys, interviews, workshops), conceptual design and prototype-tests (lab and field) as well as research activities regarding market- and policy-relevant issues have ranked among our major responsibilities in this context.
Role in the project: co-designing with end-users, conduct of pilot studies
ERT is a SME with more than 25 years experiences in providing professional ICT solutions for nursing homes, hospitals, and other care facilities, as well as for elderly individuals who feel the need for independent living, more efficient communication and want to simplify their everyday activities with this kind of systems. Company is also very strong integrator of communication systems and solutions with distribution network all over EU and abroad. Its biggest innovation is IP based nurse call solution with room terminals on touch screen that enable nursecall and care documentation of all services in one device, which places Eurotronik among leading developers of innovative systems for elderly care. System is sold within Europe and also worldwide through company's distributors. The company is also providing hardware and software to the largest telecare system in Slovenia - i.e. an IT system for managing emergency calls of elderly people who use senior mobile phones with SOS button and GPS function as well as an end-user interface with a senior-friendly design. Company develops tailor-made systems based on customer’s wishes and requirements and has been actively engaged as a strong hardware and software developer and integrator in many EU funded projects in health-care area - EUREKA, AAL and other EU-funded projects. Currently company is engaged in SmartCare project funded by EUREKA and in i-evAALution project funded by AAL, where artificial intelligence solutions, including bluetooth technology, localisation and monitoring features for health-care and telecare sector will be developed.
Role in the project: application development and integration, B2B exploitation
Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI)
JSI founded in 1949 and employing almost 1000 people, is the leading Slovenian institution for research in natural sciences and technology, both basic and applied. The institute enjoys international recognition, participating currently in over 300 international projects. The Department of Intelligent Systems (DIS) conducts research in several areas of artificial intelligence, such as machine learning, decision support, optimisation, agent and language technologies. It has particular interest in the domains of ambient assisted living and personalised healthcare. In these domains, the department has mostly worked on the analysis of sensor data (e.g., activity recognition with wearable sensors and from sound, fall detection, recognition of visitors and intruders with computer vision), and on reasoning about the user's situation (e.g., risk assessment, recommendations for healthy environment). DIS has extensive experience with international collaboration. In the AAL project Fit4Work, it developed monitoring and recommendation methods for older workers, and in the H2020 project In Life, it developed a smart-watch software for seniors. It is also coordinating one H2020 project related to health and participating in three others. The department has solid software-engineering expertise, having developed numerous mobile, server and desktop applications.
Role in the project: leading research activities, reasoning about the user’s context
"Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMFCD)
UMFCD is a state-run health sciences University in Bucharest, Romania. It was established in 1857 and is the largest institution of its kind in Romania. The university is involved in CoachMyLife Project through the Rehabilitation Medicine Department, represented by the Discipline of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - "Elias University Hospital. The department's patients are mainly older adults with disabilities generated by central neurological conditions (mainly stroke, traumatic brain and cord injuries). Many of the patients present different cognitive impairments (memory, as well as other cognitive functions). The rehabilitation research activity of the department regards assistive technologies, rehabilitation robotics, cognitive rehabilitation, speech disorders therapy, biofeedback, sensing systems, preventive medicine.
Relevant expertise: neurological and medical rehabilitation, experience in defining user needs and technology interface requirements for designing and developing training and assistive rehabilitation technology, design of study protocols and testing new rehabilitation technologies. The UMFCD team in CoachMyLife Project participates in multidisciplinary national and international research and development projects. Most relevant recent projects: AAL ongoing Project SENSE-GARDEN, AAL Project Is-Active, national RD projects RELIVE and CAMONAL.
Role in the project: co-designing with end-users, conduct of pilot studies, clinical management and medical supervision
Canary Technology Innovations S.R.L. (CTI)
CTI is a SME focused on R&D, with a skilful and competent team with expertise in international projects, aiming to bring products to the global market from research done in both the European Union projects and in the businesses. We produce robust platforms and ecosystems through software engineering and integration of hardware devices with software services. The core team of CanaryTech has been involved in the creation and implementation of four finalised AAL funded projects (MobileSage, Fit4Work, HereiAM, StayActive) and three ongoing AAL funded projects: SENIOR-TV (2014) (http://seniortv-aal.eu/), SENSE-GARDEN (2016) (www.sense-garden.eu ) and Many-Me (2016) (http://many-me.eu/). The team has proven expertise in: integration of Software Services with Cloud, Mobile, Web and Embedded Devices; Integration of Heart Beat and Heart Rate Variation measuring devices with mobile and desktop platforms in order to determine the level of stress and provide recommendations; Integration of NFC and QR technologies with Mobile and Cloud Services in order to produce relevant and personalized content based on the user context (geolocation, searches, etc); development of a gamification engine for encouraging users to engage through apps and services with other users; development of Cross Platform apps for Mobile and TV devices; development of user friendly interfaces for Web, Mobile and Desktop devices; integration and implementation of a sensory room for stimulating reminiscence in patients with dementia through various stimuli for sight, touch, hearing, balance and smell; integration of NLP based technologies and development of AI based solutions; supporting end-user organizations and Pilot test sites in the validation and testing activities.
Role in the project: leading application development and integration, exploitation, user centered design, UX and supporting Romanian testing site, where UMFCD is leader of validation and testing for Romanian users