Supporting outdoor activities is a fast growing and important field in the area of software and hardware development. Taking into account that outdoor activities become a more and more important part of the lives of elderly people, it stands for a self-determined life to be able to practise outdoor activities irrespective of one’s age and constitution. Furthermore, outdoor activities contribute largely to the health and wellbeing of the elderly and improve their quality of life. A commercial roll out of the system can contribute to a better health, enabling elderly people to keep their mobility.
The front-end solution will be evaluated by end-users during the development process, using an appropriate mobile device and an app to improve its usability by receiving consumer feedback.
Taking into account, that outdoor activities become a more and more important part of the lives of elderly people, it stands for a self-determined life to be able to practise outdoor activities irrespective of one’s age and constitution. Outdoor activities contribute largely to the health and wellbeing of the elderly and improve their quality of life.
The demographical changes in the coming years, show a significant growth of the elderly population in Europe. A commercial roll out of the developed system can contribute to a better health, enabling elderly people to keep their mobility.
Expected results and impact:
The expected result is a system which is deployed as an app on selected, outdoor-suitable mobile devices. The app includes a hiking guide, high quality route information and a basic safety system, which constantly checks the surrounding conditions (weather, daylight) for critical situations. The app is connected to an emergency centre which is notified in case of critical situations and, based on the location information, can send out rescue teams. Notifications can be triggered manually or using a built-in tracking tool, which works on reaching preliminary defined GPS control points along the tour.
|University of St. Gallen||R&D||Switzerland||http://www.iwi.unisg.ch|
|University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen||University||Switzerland||http://www.fhsg.ch|
|Bergverlag Rother GmbH||SME||Germany||http://www.rother.de|
|German Red Cross Herten||end-users||Germany||http://www.drk-herten.de|
|Schweizer Alpen Club (SAC)||end-users||Switzerland||http://www.sac-cas.ch|
Coordinator: University of St. Gallen, Institute of Information Management
Duration: 24 Months
Starting Date: 01 August 2012
Total budget: 1.568.577,10 €
Public contribution: 733.757,90 €
9000 St. Gallen
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