ICT for ageing well.



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ALMA aims to support the autonomous mobility, navigation, and orientation of the mobility-impaired person (elderly and/or temporarily or permanently disabled person) through the realisation and combination of a set of advanced hw/sw technologies into an integrated and modular cost-effective system composed by: (i) an indoor localisation system based on a network of low-cost/low-power RF emitters, to provide room level localisation of people and objects: (ii) an ad-hoc, autonomic hw/sw system based on networked smart cameras providing accurate indoor and outdoor localisation, environment monitoring, and situation assessment; (iii) a system for online planning and scheduling of users’ paths and activities, matching users’ specific needs with the state of the environment and of resources; (iv) a Personal Mobility Kit for electric powered wheelchairs, allowing them to perform automatic or assisted navigation and to interact with the surrounding environment; (v) a Personal Navigation Assistant, providing a user-friendly interface to all ALMA functionalities, tailored to the specific user requirements and physical limitations.

Two pilot applications, presenting different scenarios and therapeutic issues for both primary (elderly, rehabilitation patients) and secondary (care givers) end-users will guide the project development. They will also provide an on-field assessment of the produced technology, both as a fully integrated system and as a subset of interacting modules.



The objective of ALMA is to provide a modular, low-cost, integrated system to support autonomous mobility and orientation for the elderly and, more in general, for the person with cognitive and/or mobility impairments. ALMA will develop a set of modules that can work in isolation or in cooperation, for: localisation, tracking, path planning and navigation, service search and scheduling, autonomous wheelchair mobility, and interfacing with the user.

Expected results and impact:

The project will result in a set of navigation, localisation, planning, monitoring, and interfacing modules, that can be assembled and configured according to different needs, budgets, and available resources. The ALMA modules/system will target a number of different scenarios, ranging from the individual use in domestic environments to the multiple and collective use in large care- and assistance-giving facilities, where they can be conveniently integrated within existing hw/sw technologies.



Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI)R&
Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica e InformazioneR&
Info Solution
VCA Technology
Istituti Sociali di ChiassoEND
Clinica HildebrandEND
University of Wurzburg, Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Legal Theory, Information and Computer Science LawR&
Degonda Rehab

Coordinator: Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI)

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 02 April 2013

Total budget: 2.997.526 EUR

Public contribution: 1.435.220 EUR


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