Launch of the Active and Assistive Living (AAL) project ‘i-evAALution – integrating and evaluating AAL solutions’

Representatives from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Informatics (CSI), took part in the kick-off meeting of the Active and Assistive Living (AAL) programme: ‘i-evAALution – integrating and evaluating AAL solutions’ project, which was held in Utrecht on 20 April 2018. The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia. The lead partner on the project is the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Other project partners come from Italy (European Academy of Bozen – EURAC; Cooperativa Operatori Socio Sanitari – COOP), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences; Eurotronik Kranj d. o. o. ERT), the Netherlands (Vilans – Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care; Mieloo & Alexander B.V.) and Austria (FAWO GmbH; Johanniter Österreich Ausbildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH; 2PCS Solutions GmbH). The head of the project at the University of Ljubljana is Vesna Dolničar PhD from the CSI.

The project’s aim is to connect the existing AAL solutions into an effective AAL bundle to cover older adults’ needs and help them in their daily lives. The idea behind the i-evAALution project is not just to tackle the interoperability and integration of a single AAL solution but to integrate preselected AAL solutions with widespread and fast-growing standard information and communication technology (ICT) solutions such as affordable, retrofittable, remote-controllable, radio-based smart-home technology requiring minimal maintenance; the Internet of Things (IoT); and emerging artificial intelligence–based products and services for the consumer market. The planned smart AAL i-evAALution bundle will be implemented for long-term evaluations (16 months) in 405 households in Austria, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands. It will involve all relevant target groups (primary end users, informal and formal carers, secondary end-user organisations and solution providers) and will secure access to a control group of the same size. The research design will also include activities concerning the design and optimization of the AAL bundle, as well as its reception, socio-economic viability and business potential.

The meeting, held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, was attended by Vesna Dolničar PhD and Simona Hvalič Touzery PhD from the CSI.