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NETCARITY - Networked Multi-Sensor System for the Elderly

NETCARITY - A NETworked multisensor system for elderly people: health CARe, safety and securITY in home environment - is an EC FP6 project that proposes a new integrated paradigm for supporting independence and engagement in elderly people living alone at their own home place. 

NETCARITY proposes a new integrated paradigm for supporting independence and engagement in elderly people living alone at their own home place. The project fosters the development of a "light" technological infrastructure to be integrated in homes of old people at reduced costs, that both allows the assurance of basic support of everyday activities and health critical situations detection, as well as the social and psychological engagement required to maintain in the elder the emotional well-being enhancing dignity and quality of life. The project will seek to advance ambient intelligence technologies in the integration of micro and nano technology in a networked wireless/wired multi-sensing environment with plug-and-play capabilities and intelligent decision making for an effective detection of critical situations and support of task completion. Efforts will be concentrated in developing low-cost solutions and could rapidly reach the market and facilitate easy adaptation in a wide number of existing homes. The social and psychological factors of the "aging-in-place" problem will be addressed in NETCARITY by the development of advanced multimodal interfaces that strengthen the communication channel between the elders and their friends and caregivers, reducing isolation and the feeling of being alone, and stimulating them in the execution of everyday activities to maintain high levels of motivation and a correct perception of their own abilities.

Date: 
Thursday, 1 February, 2007
Duration: 
48 months
Partners: 
  • Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi (I) - Project Coordinator
  • MR&D INSTITUTE SRL (I)
  • Ikerlan S. Coop. (E)
  • BTICINO SPA (I)
  • Istituto Trentino di Cultura (I)
  • Stichting Verzorging en Verpleging Eindhoven De Archipel (NL)
  • Provincia Autonoma di Trento (I)
  • Universita' degli Studi di Pavia (I)
  • Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tuebingen (D)
  • Siemens AG (D)
  • Smart Homes (NL)
  • IBM Ceska Republika SRO (CZ)
  • Kuijpers Beveiligingssystemen BV (NL)
Funding: 
EC FP6 (Integrated Project). Project Reference Nr. 045508