ICT for ageing well.



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Older persons wish to live independently in their homes and to perform daily activities without relying on or asking for external help. For some, provision of support to Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) may become a necessity to enable them to adequately cope with daily living.

The PIA system will provide primary end-users with effective IADL support by offering video clips of desired topics of daily living activities on a touch screen-based tablet PC. Sensors are placed in different locations in the primary end-user’s home, in order to help the PIA system choose and present location relevant video clips.

The video clips can be produced by formal or informal carers, or even be provided by producers of appliances. The PIA system offers video clip templates and practical guidelines to the secondary end-users to facilitate production of the video clips and to integrate basic interactivity in these.

Communication and exchange of ideas, knowledge, experiences, videos etc. between carers is supported by the PIA social network, which is built upon a common user profile system that authenticates users across all client applications across the PIA network.


The objectives of the PIA project are to:

1) Support older adults to manage Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) to prolong independent living at home by using smart devices to support location- or object-relevant content delivery, e.g., video clips.

2) Support formal and informal carers to produce, share and distribute care experience and knowledge content through social network and rich interactions.

3) Provide personalised and intuitive user interfaces to secure accessibility for all, templates and tools to facilitate video clip production and deployment for carers, and guidelines and supporting materials for the PIA system deployment.

Expected results and impact:

The quality of primary end-users’ everyday life will be improved through a communications and support tool designed to help them cope with daily activities with increased independence, while it is anticipated that the secondary end-users (carers) will benefit from stress reduction rendered by this support tool. A tool for carer stress analysis will be developed and used in order to measure this. The PIA system will be technology-tested in laboratory homes and trialed in real home environments. A subsequent commercial minimum viable product and associated support service will be developed in the future to enter the assistive technology market no later than 6 months after the project end.

University of Castilla-La Mancha (MAmI Research Lab)R&
University of Ulster (Smart Environments Research Group)R&DUnited
Accord GroupEnd UserUnited
StickyWorld Ltd.Business-SMEUnited
Asker MunicipalityEnd
Berliner Institut für SozialforschungR&

Coordinator: Karde AS, Norway

Duration: 24 Months

Starting Date: 01 March 2013

Total budget: 1.198.878 €

Public contribution: 727.657 €


Dr. Riitta Hellman
P.O. Box 69 Tåsen
NO-0801 Oslo, Norway