VIRGILIUS project will implement a system which will provide services to be tested in the following scenarios:

Hospital orientation: Considering the orientation difficulty encountered by the elders person especially in the big Hospital, the Perugia Hospital has shown interest in a system able to provide the necessary elders people support to the movement within the hospital.

To this aim, the development of a navigation and guidance application in an indoor complex environment has been taken into account.

By means of an easy device to be provided at the Hospital entrance and on which the dedicated personnel loaded the “pre-trip” of the person, the elder person will be able to go around the Hospital

Travel support-pedestrian guide: This scenario has been taken into account to answer to the elder person necessity to have a simple and international “guide-device” during their movement around the world. To this aim, the navigation and guidance application in an indoor complex environment developed for the previous scenario will be upgraded with the outdoor navigation functionally in order to provide to the users a device able to support their movements in both cases and in every place of the world, assuring the continuity and affordability of the services. In this case, the system will be able to provide the management and related filtering of the information providing indication and sending location info and/or alarm to the elder’s family.

In particular, the developed services and products will be used by elders, which travel without family or caregiver, in order to benefit of a virtual guide inside the Romanian Museum (ticket office, exits, toilet, a guide to the museum) and, if case, to send alarms to the family. Also, the family can check on a virtual platform the location of the elder.



The goal of VIRGILIUS is to provide a seamless transnational out- and indoor location and navigation service to elders, integrated with a set of a value added services centred on the person, with the aim to support his/her well-being while on the move.


The system/service will be applicable to different life situations as well as adaptable to different users needs and requirement depending on capabilities, attitude, country of origin and of destination and education.


Expected results and impact

The target of the project is to provide a simple, accessible, usable and intuitive system with a personalised interface adaptable to changing end-users “abilities” and requirements. Increase the elders’ mobility guaranteeing a high level of the autonomy and enhancing the person individual sense of confidence, autonomy, competence, security and safety.


Partners involved in the VIRGILIUS project

Organization Type Country Website
Telespazio Large Industry Italy
Rartel Large Industry Romania
ArxIT SA consulting SME Switzerland
National Philatelic Museum End User Romania
University of Geneva R&D Switzerland
  • Project name: VIRGILIUS – A Guide to Elders’ Well Being
  • Website:
  • Coordinator: Telespazio S.p.A
  • Duration: 30 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.06.2012
  • Total budget: € 3.212.863,90
  • Public contribution: € 1.594.043,66


Pierpaolo Pilloni


T.: +39 06 4079 6310

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