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The project is investigating how new and existing technologies can be integrated cost effectively into people’s homes, making them feel more comfortable about remaining in this familiar environment. It is developing and testing a new technology infrastructure for homes, with systems that enhance communication with friends, family and care givers; support everyday living and promote a sense of social inclusion. It will encourage older people to live independently and inspire them to be more socially active. Netcarity’s goal is to turn older peoples’ homes into supportive environments which include them in society and postpone or avoid the expensive and traumatic move into care homes.

Thursday, 1 February, 2007 to Wednesday, 30 November, 2011
  • Promote open standards
  • Advance our understanding of and access to technologies which support ambient assisted living
  • Design a technology infrastructure around the needs of older users
  • Design a technology infrastructure that does not intrude on the lives of users
  • Bring together experts from a range of disciplines to ensure technology design takes account of social, political, health and psychological factors influencing older users
  • Improve communication between users and developers of technology for older people
  • Create new standards which ensure fragmented technologies work together to deliver benefits they could not offer on their own
  • Research new technologies and the integration of existing technologies which support older people at home
48 months
  • CNR (IT)
  • FBK (IT)
  • Siemens (DE)
  • UniPV (IT)
  • EKUT (DE)
  • CVUT (CZ)
  • IBM SPOL S.R.O. (CZ)
  • IBM Watson Research Centre (US)
  • MR&D Insitute (IT)
  • Ikerland (ES)
  • SVVE (NL)
  • PAT (IT)
  • Smart Homes (NL)
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