The PEARL system foresees a seamless setup and integration of leading-edge technology within three organisational layers that employees can alternate between freely: The home, the office, and various workplaces. Especially in the creative industries sector, a flexible and comfortable working environment is the key for a successful and satisfying work experience. For this reason, PEARL develops flexible solutions for the task and work flow management, for ergonomic adaptations of the workplaces themselves, as well as for training activities. With the help of innovative surface and mobile computer technology, employees will be able to choose where they want to conduct which tasks, be it at home or the various workplaces at the office. A decision support system will guide the initial configuration of the system according to the special needs of each employee. In order to assure relevance, ease-of-use and enjoyment we will involve end users and stakeholders across all the phases of the project following a user-centred design approach.


The objective of PEARL is to create motivating and age-friendly smart workplaces. PEARL wants to support the extension of the working life and the intergenerational exchange between older and younger colleagues. The project will research, develop and deploy a programmable platform enabling the integration and customisation of supportive ICT technologies, such as ergonomic surfaces, tools for cognitive support, intelligent time and task management as well as training on the job. Smart user identification will allow the automatic reconfiguration of workplaces according to specific user needs and preferences.

Expected results and impact

PEARL will provide a first-of-a-kind platform for the programmable and modular configuration of ICT-enabled age-friendly workplaces, which will be an essential element of EU’s strategy towards prolonging working life. Another point for improving quality of life will be the alleviation of cognitive decline and health risks with the help of trainings. By offering flexible smart workplaces and by fostering intergenerational exchange also younger employees will benefit of PEARL solutions. PEARL will offer enterprises the possibility of choosing a deployment configuration that best suits their needs.


Partners involved in the PEARL project

Organization Type Country Website
Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH R&D Austria
Roessingh Research and Development SME Netherlands
Singular Romania Computer application S.R L. Large Industry Romania
Empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH SME Germany
COMARG Communication & Marketing Agency SME Switzerland
SENSAP Swiss AG SME Switzerland
Aalborg University R&D Denmark
RFID-specialisten SME Denmark
  • Project name: PEARL – Platform for Ergonomic and motivating, ICT-based Age-friendly woRkpLaces
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  • Coordinator: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
  • Duration: 30 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.05.2014
  • Total budget: € 3.095.941
  • Public contribution: € 1.971.740


Jan Bobeth


T.: +43(0) 50550-4531

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