The TV-based HEREiAM platform represents a good solution to overcome the older adults traditional digital divide to use ICT systems. The elderly will be able to use services such as shopping, social networking, fitness, wellness tutorial, self and health care, as simply as if they are watching their television. The interoperability of the system allows carers and service providers to access the platform through all the available technologies (broadband internet, new generation mobile), enabling the collaboration among different applications and institutions. Being able to connect a large part of the population with different service providers, the platform developed by HEREiAM offers the opportunity to start a virtuous circle in which the portfolio of services becomes larger and larger and the interest of people increases as a consequence. The system will be tested on the field in three different EU countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy) to confirm that it meets the final users needs in terms of usability, acceptance, functionality and accessibility.
The aim of the HEREiAM project is to promote elderly people’s independence and active participation, by developing an user-friendly ICT platform able to help them during daily activities. Our ICT solution consists of an open, modular and interoperable platform that, taking into account the specific needs and preferences of the elderly, allows them to access a number of services and information directly from their own TV. The choice of a TV-based system ensures full participation and high user acceptance, overcoming the refuse of technology for digital divide affecting most of the aged people.
Expected results and impact
HEREiAM will contribute to the development of an innovative platform capable to help people with age to live independently for longer. If successful, the project will have a significant impact in improving the quality of life of older people. The platform will offer the possibility: a) to support elderly in the management of daily activities, b) to monitor their health status by integrating care processes, c) to prolong their active participation in society, d) to ensure their personal safe and comfort by generating alarm and warnings when needed.
Partners involved in the HEREiAM project
|Università degli Studi di Cagliari
|SME / End user
|TeamNet International SA
|Stichting Smart Homes
|Comune di Cagliari
- Project name: HEREiAM: An interoperable platform for self care, social networking and managing of daily activities at home
- Website: www.hereiamproject.org
- Coordinator: Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy
- Duration: 36 Months
- Starting Date: 01.07.2013
- Total budget: € 3.343.766,00
- Public contribution: € 1.742.093,00