ICT for ageing well.



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Using a user-centred design methodology, STIMULATE will enable seniors to specify their assistance needs, to extensively plan a trip, to optimise transport means and itineraries, to secure advice, to be provided with personal assistance while on the move, as well as to secure local shopping recommendations and assistance. Advanced user communication technologies will be used for interactions, namely adapted graphical representations and navigation using common place terminals (PC, mobile phones and tablets), as well as multimodal natural / seamless expression. Advanced knowledge based GIS technologies will be used for processing and personalising seniors’ travel and shopping requests, optimising transport itineraries, providing travel assistance, securing health care support, and enacting the overall execution of the planned travel and shopping. For ease of use, all the services offered by the “STIMULATE” platform will be accessible via web browsing, for PC , tablets and mobile phones through the use of the W3C approved HTML5 standard.

As a part of the end-user involvement strategy, user groups will be defined, selected and recruited according to a well-defined profile which will be created in the early steps of the project. This plan considers: sampling requirements, ethical regulations and several strengths of different user and stakeholder groups which are located in different cities. Older people without any significant cognitive impairment will be the main user group of the project. The aim of the involvement procedure is to cover all the common characteristics associated with that age, relevant to travel and shopping activities of older people.



Setting up an online platform, based on e-services, of thematic travels for the elderly persons. This platform will allow:

  • Elderly people to select the best travel itinerary based on their needs and capabilities ;
  • Tour operators to propose relevant thematic travels for elderly people and optimised services.

Then during the travel, the STIMULATE platform (through the mobile device) will offer aid and assistance to elderly people to facilitate and improve their travel.

Expected results and impact:

An IT solution that will be validated and market tested with the primary user segment (elderly people), and having a proposed business model with a detailed exploitation plan validated by the close of the project term.  This exploitation plan will have identified the value chain, developed a preliminary business and marketing plan, and created a network of key potential future business partners (content providers, tour operators, etc.) to launch the STIMULATE service within one year of the project’s completion.



Centre de Recherche Public Henri
Technische Universitat WienR&
Utrecht School of the ArtsR&DThe
Au fil des Cévennesend-usersFrance
Europäische Arbeitsgemeinschaft
Osterreich - EURAG
Dessine-moi mon répit – DMMR

Coordinator: Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxembourg

Duration: 24 Months

Starting Date: 01 September 2011

Total budget: € 1 748 019

Public contribution: € 1.290.000


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