The SAAM (Supporting Active Ageing through multimodal coaching) project participants officially met on a kick-off meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, on October 12.
“A virtual assistant has prevented a fire.”
“An invisible assistant saved an elderly woman from a heart attack.”
“An Internet platform called an old-fashioned ambulance with a como.”
“IT application alerts to depression.”
Such titles will be frequently found in the media in 2021. This is the year when the virtual assistant for elderly people is expected to work with its full capacity.
This was stated by Yordan Dimitrov, Expert and Team Leader in the Balkan Institute of Labor and Social Policy (BILSP) on the official press conference on October 13.
We recognize the importance of being socially responsible by developing innovative software solutions, to solve social problems of utmost importance. Elderly people, who live alone, are vulnerable to home accidents. If they cannot rely on immediate assistance, the injuries will exacerbate as time passes. According to statistics 7 out of 10 people, aged 65 and above, who were hospitalized for an injury, experienced it at home. These elderly people accounted for nearly 95% of the total fall-related deaths.
These striking statistics created an even bigger urgency to find a solution, which would alleviate/eliminate the problem. SAAM (Supporting Active Ageing at Home) is the next generation of software solutions, which supports active ageing at home. The future integrated high-tech modular system will help lonely elderly people to remain active and live safely in their homes.
As ScaleFocus previously shared, the future integrated high-tech modular system will help lonely elderly people to live actively and independently in their home despite the severity of their years and illnesses, is fully financed by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research program.
The project started on 1 October 2017 and will last for three years. ScaleFocus’ team is the exclusive software design and implementation partner, who will cover the software development and its integration with hardware part of the project.
Proven technology companies such as the Bulgarian ScaleFocus and German Interactive Wear AG and well-established non-governmental organizations with rich experience in working with older people – the Bulgarian Red Cross, Caritas Bulgaria and the European Federation (Austria) work close with the universities.
The future virtual assistant will help еlder people feel good in their usual environment by collecting data about their health and emotional state through sensors, smart meters, video and audio receivers. The system will monitor vital functions, detect and alert for negative changes in the mood and behavior of its users. It will prevent risky situations (e.g. fire), and after analysis of all health indicators and habits, the invisible assistant will make recommendations for a healthy diet, offer social and cultural activities as well as group activities for leisure time.
The future autonomous modular system will be an entirely new innovative product for Europe.
Pilot testing of future technology, modules and sensors is scheduled for the autumn of 2020. The International Consortium plans to create a platform that will continue to develop after the end of the project.
On October 13 consortuim participants visited ScaleFocus’ premises for a dedicated solution development presentation and thoughful discussion on the system components and dependencies.
References: Property Safe, May 2017. “Home Injury Statistics” Extracted from: https://www.propertysafe.com.au/about-us/home-injury-statistics/.