The project DIANA aims to optimise the nursing process in an innovative way by relieving nursing staff of routine tasks which could be managed by a digital assistant powered by Artificial Intelligence. A smart 3D sensor and the Milestone platform are combined to provide an easy-to-use application with many functions: monitoring safety of patients 24/7 (e.g. unusual behaviour, falls), support activities of daily living (toileting, bathing etc.) and observe health trends of patients (e.g. water intake, changed behavioural patterns). End-users of DIANA are adults of 65 years and older, receiving professional care of formal caregivers in an institutionalized care setting and are diagnosed with a form of cognitive impairment. Residents and caregivers will share valuable experiences throughout the project, which will influence the development of the system in a continuous feedback loop. For the end-users’ involvement submitting an ethics proposal and ensuring the informed consent is a major part of the project.


The project DIANA aims to improve the life of people suffering from cognitive impairment. By using sensors which deliver anonymous images, activities of people will be detected and analysed. DIANA is structured in modules. There are basic safety modules like fall detection and light control, which build the basis. Additionally, a virtual assistant will be provided to guide through certain activities of daily living with a special focus on toileting. This should help users to stay autonomous and to keep their dignity. Also, nurses and care givers can be supported in this way, which frees time for personalized care.

Expected results and impact:

  • At the end of the project the false alarm rate must not be higher than 1 per 3 days
  • Ready to launch the DIANA solution, especially in CH and PT
  • Estimated time to market for a solution with high technical readiness level: 2 years
  • Increasing the autonomy and maintaining dignity for older adults
  • Reducing routine activities like control patrols by min. 30%
  • At least 10 scientific publications until the end of the project
  • Proof-of concept presentations at 3 national and 1 international care fair


Partners involved in the project

Organization Type Country Website
Cogvis Software and Consulting GmbH SME Austria www.cogvis.at
Technische Universität Wien R&D Austria www.cvl.tuwien.ac.at/
Geriatrische Klinik St. Gallen End Users Switzerland www.geriatrie-sg.ch/
Smart City Innovation Lab R&D Portugal www.smartcityinnovationlab.com/
Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra End Users Portugal www.caritascoimbra.pt/
EET Europarts GmbH SME Switzerland www.ch.eetgroup.com/
Bluepoint Consulting SRL SME Romania www.bluepoint-it.ro/
  • Project name: Digital Intelligent Assistant for Nursing Applications – DIANA
  • Website: www.diana-project.eu
  • Coordinator: cogvis software and consulting GmbH
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting date: 02/2020
  • Total budget: € 2.230.000
  • Public contribution: € 1.480.000


Michael Brandstötter

E.: brandstoetter@cogvis.at

T.: +43 1 236 05 80

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