We start from technologies already developed by partners in the project: the THL smartwatch, smart shoes, in-door tracking algorithms, all are integrated in vINCI to demonstrate a combined assistive technology. The hardware is naturally blended with the environment: the older adult wears a fancy watch, a comfortable pair of shoes (Italian manufacture), and a smart camera he already uses to communicate probably with family while-at-home. We establish a clear medical ground for delivering the most appropriate vINCI support. In time, the vINCI monitored data is put to use, such that to automatically learn personal preferences (e.g. daily walking routine) and deliver assistive responses (the watch shows a sad smiley face and will indicate to the older adult to please consult a doctor, when we detect signs of him not doing well). The caregiver will be able to know through a dedicated dashboard his current position and well-being. The final goal is to demonstrate a systematic approach to ensure the highest level of quality control, automated monitoring, and data governance.
vINCI develops an integrated and validated evidence-based IoT framework to deliver non-intrusive monitoring and support for older adults to augment professional health care giving. It integrates proven open-data analytics with innovative user-driven IoT devices in four standardised kits. vINCI aims to assist caregivers and provide smart care for older adults at out-patients clinics and outdoors. To verify, test (clinical validation), and identify its added value, two multi-disciplinary controlled pilots (in Romania and Cyprus) and two open-call validations (in Poland and Slovenia) will be deployed.
Expected results and impact
The project outcomes can be divided at least in 3 major dimensions:
Medical, clinical and health direction as monitoring the sample older adults selected with the inclusion/exclusion criteria. Outcomes are the collected data from pilot study and field study during pre-test/post-test experimental designs. The data will be used to validate the path analysis and confirmatory analysis models to be used by the medical caregivers.
Interactive dimension with environment and people, as social insertion due to improving executing daily activities, low pressure on family and relatives due to minimum elderly assistance, personal increase of well-being, health, autonomy and sense of keeping normal abilities, decrease of pressure on country budget for social support.
ICT technical dimension – the platform will provide a pluggable framework for an integrated monitoring of several factors affecting QoL, including physical conditions, social life, and others. The data collected by the platform will be used to validate and correct QoL interventions, without any visible major intrusion in users’ life, specific to the requirements, level of education and understanding of the information, and individual needs.
Partners involved in the vINCI project
|National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics||R&D||Romania||www.ici.ro|
|Marche Polytechnic University||R&D||Italy||www.univpm.it|
|University of Nicosia Research Foundation||R&D||Cyprus||www.unic.ac.cy|
|National Institute of Telecommunications||R&D||Poland||www.itl.waw.pl|
|Connected Medical Devices||SME||Romania||www.connected-medical.com|
|OPTIMA Molliter (former Salvatelli Srl)||SME||Italy||www.molliter.com|
|National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics “Ana Aslan”||End User||Romania||www.anaaslanacademy.ro|
|Orange Polska S.A.||Large Industry||Poland||www.orange.pl|
|Comtrade Digital Services||Large Industry||Slovenia||www.comtradedigital.com|
- Project name: Clinically-validated INtegrated Support for Assistive Care and Lifestyle Improvement: the Human Link (vINCI)
- Website: http://vinci.ici.ro
- Coordinator: National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics (ICI Bucharest)
- Duration: 36 months
- Starting date: 01.06.2018
- Total budget: 1.267.189 €
- Public contribution: 872.673 €