ICT for ageing well.



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WayFiS is the first route planning service for elderly people that considers both the pedestrian and public transportation mobility issues and that is based on the existence of a wide range of personalisation features, building up user profiles, and that includes health limitations, common behaviours and needs.  The process of way finding will have to consider a variety of objectives regarding the totality of the journey such as the following: performing the minimum physical activity; matching nutrition needs and disease’s restrictions; avoiding inaccessible routes, etc…. The technologies that will be deployed will be the following: knowledge discovery and artificial intelligence to process the huge amount of data; user profiling; positioning and localisation (outdoor/indoor), context aware technologies and route optimisation for route planning. The WayFiS project will be based on the development of a pilot to be tested by approximately 200 end-users belonging to the “CETIEX” (Spain) and “TASII” (Hungary) organisations that are partners of the project: in this way, a wide test bed covering different ages, interests, needs, cultures is provided.  The feedback from these end-users will be crucial for the next project phase, the implementation (WayFiS to market).


The WayFiS project aims at improving the capacity of seniors to plan, manage and execute travel and transportation projects at their own discretion by solving the problems elderly people cope with when trying to move in unknown outdoor environments, thus enabling them to take part in the self-serve society. The problems that are approached are mainly related to the access to information, sight problems, walking/motor abilities, cognitive abilities, associated health limitations, scarce availability of proper information (regarding transport adaptations, stations/stops accessibilities) etc…

Expected results and impact:

The product developed with the WayFiS project will be constituted by a mobile interactive end-user application, delivered as a service, for elderly people, that has been thought to be used with minimum intrusiveness for them and maximum benefit. First estimations of time to market (that may be modified after receiving users’ feedback) allow us to plan a period of 15 months after the finalisation of the project for the development of the first ready-to-market service. This final phase will consist in the development of the final product, final test users’ validation, marketing strategies, publication of the service in applications stores and advertising agreements.



HI-Iberia Ingenieria y Proyectos
University of GenevaR&
Bay Zoltán Foundation For Applied Research, Institute for Applied Telecommunication TechnologiesR&
Teréz Anya Szociális Integrált Intézmény, Hévíz (HRS )End-userHungary

Coordinator: HI-IBERIA Ingeniería y Proyectos SL, Madrid, Spain

Duration: 30 Months

Starting Date: 01 March 2011

Total budget: € 1.497.410

Public contribution: € 962.526


Inmaculada Luengo
R&D Project Manager
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