Launch of the AAL project »i-evAALution« – integrating and evaluating AAL solutions«

Representatives of the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences Centre for Social Informatics (UL FSS CSI), took part in the kick-off meeting of the 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.  - M&A) and Austria (FAWO GmbH, Johanniter Österreich Ausbildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH – JOAFG; 2PCS Solutions GmbH). The head of the project at the University of Ljubljana is Vesna Dolničar, PhD from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI).

The project 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 of i-evAALution project is not just to tackle the interoperability and integration between single AAL solutions but to integrate preselected AAL solutions with widespread and fast-growing standard ICT-solutions like affordable, retrofittable, remote-controllable, radio-based smart home technology requiring minimal maintenance, the Internet of Things (IoT) and arising artificial intelligence based products and services for the consumer market. The planned smart AAL bundle of i-evAALution 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 also secure access to a control group of the same size. The research design will also include activities on how AAL bundle must be designed and optimized, as well as how it is accepted, its socio-economic viability and its business potentials.

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