ICT for ageing well.



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The goal of I’CityforAll is to design “Audio Aged sensitive” ICT systems enhancing self-confidence, mobility and safety, for a better social and mental (overall) well being. The targeted population corresponds to people older than 50 in mobility situations and affected by presbycusis that induces a loss of sense of safety and self-confidence. Affected Security and Mobility due to altered sound perception of the elderly is observed in two main situations:

– Mobility in confined public spaces such as transport stations, airports, supermarkets, museums, etc…where altered audio/speech and verbal communication perception has serious impact on emotional, physical and social well-being.

– Urban Mobility where the elderly are involved in 40% of fatal injuries (105,000 deaths/year), and 1500 accidents/day require medical assistance according to the Εuropean Network for Safety.

Therefore two Audio Aged Sensitive ICT innovations will be designed:

• [I’CityLoudSpeaker]: smart loud speakers for better intelligibility in confined public spaces such as railway stations, airports, museums and during car driving.

• [I’CityAlarm]: Embedded system in vehicles for automatic outdoor alarm localisation and indoor alarm enhancement.

These systems will be “transparent” and embedded in mass products for people with presbycusic hearing, without impacting normal hearing people, in the “Design for All” approach.

The I’CityForAll innovations will be tested by using the analysis software developed by CENTICH and involving 90 users of the targeted population which will be compared to a normal group of people. The results of this assessment will form the basis of a labelling procedure that can be extended to other technological solutions.



The I’CityForAll project aims at enhancing the sense of security and self-confidence of presbycusic people whose hearing degradation increases with age. Two mobility environments are considered: public confined spaces and urban space. The ICT solutions consist of intelligent loudspeakers for better intelligibility of vocal messages in public confined spaces and systems embedded in vehicles for better localisation of urban sound alarms like ambulances, police cars, fire trucks, etc., as the presbycusis alters the perception of distance and the direction of sound source.

Expected results and impact:

Three demonstrators will be presented at the end of the I’CityForAll project:

– Assessing the Intelligibility product, based on the I’CityForAll Objective quality criteria of vocal announcements that will allow public companies such as Museums or transportation companies to assess their needs.

– Loudspeakers dedicated to large spaces (i.e. railway stations, museums…), integrating the global processing chain of emission, correction and generation of vocal announcements with various ambient noises.

– Vehicles equipped with automatic real-time presbycusis equalisation and alarm localisation systems




Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies AlternativesR&
Université Paris DescartesR&
Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibileR&
Technische Universität MünchenR&
Centro Ricerche FIATR&
Centre d’Expertise National des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication pour l’
Active AudioSMEFrance
EPFL - Laboratoire d’Électromagnétisme et d’AcoustiqueR&DR&

Coordinator: Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 01 July 2012

Total budget: 5 082 399.00 €

Public contribution: 2 409 300.36€


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