The main objective of the Confidence project was the development and integration of different ICT technologies for the detection of abnormal events, such as falls, losses of consciousness or unexpected behaviours in older people. The main exploitable product of the project is a system that processes location and acceleration data generated by an arbitrary accurate sensor system. If a problem is detected, the system raises an alarm and calls to the telephone numbers that the user has identified as alarm receivers. This system can be further enhanced so that it can also be used for prevention of possible illnesses.
The project was completed July 2011
The main goal of the I-DONT-FALL project is to deploy, pilot and evaluate a range of innovative technological solutions for fall detection and prevention management. The project will develop and evaluate a platform, which enables the prevention and detection of falls. Technological partners will provide their innovative solutions for fall detection and prevention that will be integrated into the platform. The effectiveness of these technological solutions will be evaluated by several health care organizations across Europe.
Started: April 2012.
The iStoppFalls consortium and project will develop an embedded AAL system that can predict and prevent falls by monitoring mobility-related activities and other risk factors of falls in real-life. Beyond continuous fall risk monitoring, this enables tailoring individualized exercise programs coached by iStoppFalls. The Senior Mobility Monitor, as a component of the system, will unobtrusively and continuously monitor mobility in daily life.
Started: October 2011
The USEFIL project aims to address the gap between technological research advances and the practical needs of elderly people by developing advanced but affordable in-home unobtrusive monitoring and web communication solutions. USEFIL intends to use low cost “off-the-shelf” technology to develop immediately applicable services that will assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and daily activities. USEFIL intends to provide guidelines for the community of technology developers to optimize future generation of applications for an ageing population.
Started: November 2011
The main goal of WIISEL is to develop an insole for elderly, placed in the shoe, monitoring the way of walking. The system is expected to detect changes in gait and balance in daily elderly environment in order to prevent the risk of falls. Moreover, the system will provide security to the elderly directly affecting their quality of life.
Started: November 2011
The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) is an EU funded Thematic Network dedicated to bring about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe.
ProFouND comprises 21 partners from 12 countries, associate members from a further 10 countries. ProFouND aims to influence policy to increase awareness of falls and innovative prevention programmes amongst health and social care authorities, the commercial sector, NGOs and the general public so as to facilitate communities of interest and disseminate the work of the network to target groups across the EU. It has three main objectives: to encourage National Falls Awareness yearly events; to roll out evidence based strength and balance exercise to prevent falls by training a cadre of cascade trainers; and to produce a simple online application that allows a tailored and individualised to be printed for an older person after a falls risk assessment (PFPApp).
There is a full list of EC Stakeholders to promote these activities and a growing resource of patient leaflets, best practice implementation guidelines and National Policies in a variety of European Languages.
The main goal of E-NO FALLS EU funded Thematic Network is to integrate and bring together knowledge, experiences and best practice in the area of ICT based fall prevention, intervention and safety. The aim is to coordinate ongoing activities and create the necessary conditions and consensus on action plans, standards and specifications to ensure the widest future replication and co-deployment of innovative solutions (with special emphasis on ICT). The E-NO FALLS thematic network will be a forum for all stakeholders within the value chain (such as industry, users organizations, informal and formal care providers, public authorities, investors, housing and insurance companies and service providers across Europe) to share knowledge, expertise, resources, best practice experiences and to build consensus to highlight the remaining obstacles to be overcome and to eventually provide guidance for ICT-enabled solutions and their roll-out.