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:

  • 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.
  • Support formal and informal carers to produce, share and distribute care experience and knowledge content through social network and rich interactions.
  • 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 PIA system deployment.

Expected results and impact

The quality of the 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 trialled in real home environments. A subsequent commercial minimum viable product and associated support service will be future developed to enter the assistive technology market no later than 6 months after the project end.


Partners involved in the PIA project

Organization Type Country Website
Karde AS SME Norway www.karde.no
University of Castilla-La Mancha (MAmI Research Lab) R&D Spain www.uclm.es
Tellu AS SME Norway www.tellu.no
University of Ulster (Smart Environments Research Group) R&D United Kingdom www.ulster.ac.uk
Accord Group End User United Kingdom www.accordgroup.org.uk
StickyWorld Ltd. SME United Kingdom www.stickyworld.com
Asker Municipality End User Norway www.asker.kommune.no
Berliner Institut für Sozialforschung R&D Germany www.bis-berlin.de
  • Project name: Personal IADL Assistant
  • Website: www.pia-project.org
  • Coordinator: Karde AS, Norway
  • Duration: 24 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.03.2013
  • Total budget: € 1.198.878
  • Public contribution: € 727.657


Dr. Riitta Hellman

E.: rh@karde.no

T.: +47-98211200

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