ICT for ageing well.



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HEREiAM aims to promote elderly people’s independence and active participation, by developing an innovative user-friendly technology able to help them during daily activities. This ICT solution consists of an open, modular and inter-operable platform based on the Android operating system that, taking into account the specific needs and preferences of the seniors, allows them to access a number of services and information directly from their own TV. The choice of a TV-based system ensures full participation and high user acceptance, overcoming the rejection of technology for digital divide affecting most of the aged people. The users will be able to access and consume services such as shopping, social networking, home security monitoring, self and healthcare, as simply as if they were watching television. The system will be tested on the field in three different EU countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy) to confirm that it meets the final users’ needs in terms of usability, acceptance and functionality.



The objective of the HEREiAM project is to develop and validate a TV-based technology for elderly users capable of supporting them in executing daily life activities. The system will offer the possibility: a) to support the elderly in the management of daily activities, b) to 2 monitor their health status by integrating care processes, c) to prolong their active participation in society, d) to ensure their personal safety and comfort by generating alarms and warnings when needed.

Expected results and impact:

The result of the project will be a novel TV-based system capable of helping elderly people to live independently for longer. The platform will have a significant impact on improving the quality of life of older people, by providing a rich set of personalized applications. The project will provide a flexible system, defining an easy interface for external providers who want to expose their services through the platform. As a result, HEREiAM will offer the opportunity to start a virtuous circle in which the portfolio of services becomes larger and larger and the interest of people increases.

Università degli Studi di CagliariUniversity
Dedalus SpALargeEnterprise/Business
Remedus BVBASME/
TeamNet International SALargeEnterprise/Business
Snauwaert-Maes &Co BVBASMEItaly
Stichting Smart HomesSME/BusinessThe
KempenLIFE UAEnd-userThe
Comune di

Coordinator: Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 01 July 2013

Total budget: 3374658,00 €

Public contribution: 1740513,00 €


Prof. Luigi Raffo, PhD
Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Eng. – University of Cagliari
Piazza d’Armi, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
mob. +393204372996 tel. +390706755765 fax. +390706755782