MyGuardian consortium is a European well balanced consortium covering all the areas in the chain value of the project through international collaboration between Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and France.
One of the success factors of MyGuardian is the European wide dimension, and the synergies found by the interaction between SMEs and end user organizations in each country: CETIEX and HI-Iberia in Spain, Vigisense and AGIM in France and Careyn and Connectedcare in The Netherlands.
HI-Iberia Ingeniería y Proyectos SL (Project Coordinator)
HI-IBERIA Ingenieria y Proyectos SL is a Software Development SME founded in 1999 and integrated into HI-IBERIA engineering group (HI-Iberia Ingeniería y Proyectos SL, Seaplace SL and Howards Ingeniería SL). Nowadays the group accounts more than 200 professionals, from which 130 belong to HI-IBERIA, distributed among its two working centres in Madrid and Valladolid.
Due to its multidisciplinary approximation to ICT world, HI-IBERIA hoards wide experience in the fields of Project Management, SW Development, Trials, Performance, Automation, Risk Management, Bid Support, Quality, Security, Cost Management, Streaming and Simulation. It has also acquired large experience in Instrumentation and Control Systems, where it has developed SeaDP for controlling and keeping the position of vessels. Other remarkable finished projects inside HI-IBERIA are the development of the Mobile Streaming Platform for Orange in Spain.
In its SW factory, HI-IBERIA develops applications for distributed environments (banking, mobile applications, fleet management and Control Systems for telecom operators’ activities) and embedded SW for Telecommunications systems (BS), Sensor networks SW, and Communication systems for ULS TTC Galileo. It has also a partnership with Alcatel-Lucent for the development of TV Headends, Multicast Serves, DRM. HI-Iberia is highly involved in the development of mobile applications like our video streaming product (LIFEonLive), HI-Iberia also develops semantic applications and Wireless Network module (development, installation and deployment of the wireless management platform).
The R&D Department, HI-Research, is centered in the following R&D areas:
- Mobile communications and embedded systems
- Simulation environments
- Business models
- OS developments
Special interest is paid to the application of the aforementioned research topics to the HEALTH area. In particular, HI-Iberia is currently leading GoldUI (AAL3), www.goldui.eu, WayFiS (AAL3), www.wayfis.eu, and MyGuardian (AAL4) projects. We’re also involved in different FP7, CIPS and ARTEMIS projects in different fields.
In MyGuardian project HI-IBERIA is the coordinator of the project and, besides the management tasks, it is involved in the applications development (especially for mobile environments and android OS) where the following expertise will be very useful: expertise in the development of mobile applications for clients but also the specific knowledge of mobile applications for elderly people in WayFiS and GoldUI projects. HI-IBERIA will be also focused in the navigation task mainly in the semantic side (one of HI-Iberia expertise areas) with the user profiling and knowledge discovery modules. HI-IBERIA will contribute as well with the requirements tasks, validation, dissemination and business model plan for the project.
Non-profit Foundation created in 2007 on the impulse given by the Extremadura Engineering College, and at a later stage integrated the Metalworking Cluster of Extremadura, the Maimona Foundation, and the Foundation for the Development of the Science and the Technology in Extremadura in its Board of Trustees.
Supported in this solid pillar CETIEX develop its research activity, technician’s training based on:
- Encouraging the development of scientific, technical, economic, social and cultural activities in the field of engineering.
- To contribute effectively to the technological process from the perspective of technical promotion based on the development of the business sector in Extremadura.
CETIEX develops the following services:
- Technological assistance
- Studies, analysis and homologations
- Industrial engineering in production
- R&D projects for companies
- Economic intelligence
- Technological training
- Industrial design.
CETIEX as Technology Center, has its headquarters, under the umbrella of the Living Lab “SeniorLab” in the Municipality of Los Santos de Maimona (Badajoz) and it is equipped with modern computer and management systems with powerful area of industrial design and assistive robotics for elderly.
“SeniorLab” Center is defined as a Living Lab, which combines an area that several elderly interact continuously in order to carry joint projects with an area for testing innovative projects/ products and services. “SeniorLab” creates an environment where such products and services are not only validated / incorporated but developed.
Living Lab (SeniorLab) description:
- “SeniorLab” aims to show how technology is applied to urban and residential amenities for dependent elderly people in a scenario in which the population acts satisfactorily.
- The Living Lab starts with the assumption that “anyone can innovate and contribute solutions to everyday needs and problems” and for this reason the aim is to:
- Achieve full accessibility in building, urbanism, transport, communication, information, new technologies, services and goods
- Promote universal design
- Foster the profitable use of technical assistance and boost the assistive technology market
- Promote research, development and innovation
- Encourage the development of legal and technical regulations
- Promote the active participation of users and all stakeholders
- Provide professional training, dissemination, information and coordination
- Assisted technologies
University of Geneva
The University of Geneva participates in the project with the Advanced Systems Group (ASG) and the Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory (CVML), which are part of the Centre of Informatics (CUI). The CUI (cui.unige.ch) is in interdisciplinary research centre for advancements in informatics, established in the mid 80s and has a long participation in international projects. ASG is also part of the Institute of Services Science (ISS), and the Social and Economic Sciences Faculty, was founded in 2002 by Prof. Dimitri Konstantas. The main research themes focus on solving problems stemming from deployment of innovative wireless and mobile services and applications, e.g., measurement of wireless network performance, new concepts related to Location Based Services and applications leading to Quality of Life improvement (lead by Dr Katarzyna Wac). The ASG group has participated in many research projects and published results in many international conferences. Research interest of the CVML group participating in this proposal concerns recognition of the user affective and critical states and multimodal interaction, as well as mobility aids for blind and handicapped persons. Most relevant ongoing national and international projects in the domain of the proposal are: the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research “Affective Sciences”, and “Interactive Multimedia Information Management”, The EU NoE PeTaMedia: Peer-to-Peer Tagged Media, in context of which, the CVML has co-developed an application for automatic detection of affective states from physiological signals. This demonstrates the feasibility of using this type of input to determine person’s internal states.
Vigisense SA, a Swiss Medical Technology company based in Geneva, develops and commercialises intelligent wireless care and telecare solutions, targeted primarily at the care home and private home environments. Vigisense is focused on person-centred solutions for simple, useful and intelligent telecare. The uniqueness of Vigisense’s technologies is based on the intelligence layers built on top of the company’s wireless monitoring systems. Typically, this approach allows for significantly less complex infrastructure, easier to deploy in healthcare settings and quicker to adopt by patients, relatives and medical staff. The service is carried out through wireless sensors, coupled to a powerful decision and notification software and a broad telecommunication system. It constantly performs analysis against individual profiles, specific behaviour patterns and care plans to deduct user-specific risk and condition information, trigger alerts and compile reports. Vigisense’s current key product range is focused on behavior analysis and assistive technology for people with cognitive diseases like Alzheimer. The solutions are actively commercialized in Switzerland, France, Italy, the UK and other markets are under development. Vigisense has a broad network and privileged relationships among ICT technology players and end-user organisations in several countries.
ConnectedCare (R&D oriented SME) aims to facilitate a paradigm shift in how professional and informal caregivers communicate and collaborate. Using the ConnectedCare communication platform, informal caregivers will be able to on-demand delegate tasks to professional caregivers, resulting in improved efficiency for both informal and professional caregivers.ConnectedCare was founded by two university researchers in 2010. They formed a team of experts in design, technology and care, who collaboratively further develop promising research ideas into marketable product- and service concepts. ConnectedCare brings together ICT (social networks and sensor systems), industrial design (user-centered design, design methodologies) and care (family care, professional care, independent living) towards creating innovative communication and awareness applications targeted at seniors, family caregivers and professional caregivers. ConnectedCare is strongly linked to the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, and the researchers have extensive experience in research projects in the area of ambient assisted living.
Careyn Gezondheid Services BV (CAR)
Careyn is a professional care organisation that aims to provide ‘continuity of care in The Netherlands’ by providing care in the home setting. Careyn aims to support independent living, to regain/maintain/improve health and quality of life, to reduce health risks, and to provide personal care related to needs caused by illness, disability and/or age. The Careyn-holding covers the southwest and central parts of The Netherlands. With approximately 15,000 employees in the holding, Careyn provides healthcare and life-services to about 180,000 households. Careyn recognizes its social responsibility, and therefore aims to provide affordable care that meets the individual needs and requirements of its clients according to today’s standards. In doing so, Careyn continuously collaborates with numerous organizations, not only in terms of care, but also in terms of welfare, wellbeing, security and mobility. Careyn Gezondheid Services is a stand-alone service provider that focuses on the provision of housing and living services. Careyn Gezondheid Services acts as a service innovator for the holding company. As such, Careyn Gezondheid Services develops new e-health and e-care services. A rough estimate would be that 1000 clients of the Careyn homecare division suffer from mild cognitive impairments. Careyn aims to support these clients in living independently for as long as possible. Through the MyGuardian project, Careyn would like to contribute to the development of new services for this user group, and to make these services available to the clients in need of support. The roles that Careyn within the MyGuardian project will be: providing knowledge about the health-problems and living-situation; providing a trial-environment and providing access to caregivers and clients; exploitation of new developed products or services.
The laboratory Ageing, Imaging, Modeling (AGIM, FRE3405) is affiliated to CNRS and to the University Joseph Fourier (UJF, Grenoble), located on different sites of the Grenoble Health Campus, and on the “Plateforme BioPark d’Archamps” (Haute Savoie) in the “Genevois Français” that represent a strategically hyphen between Grenoble and Geneva. Currently, AGIM has 69 collaborators including 47 permanent researchers, clinicians and post-doc working on deciphering the mechanisms of ageing and of the complexity of its process. AGIM laboratory is constituted with different teams, and among them the AFIRM team. The AFIRM (Acquisition, Fusion d’Information et Réseaux pour la Médecine / Data Acquisition and Fusion and Network for Medicine) gathers scientists, engineers and clinicians who develop and encourage an interdisciplinary educational and research program which involves: (1) a fundamental research in the fields of Psychology, Neurosciences and Biomechanics, and (2) an applied research dedicated to Technologies and Services for Ageing, Health and Autonomy in the fields of Information Technology Engineering Sciences, Human Factors and Ergonomics. AFIRM have privileged relationships with public decision makers in the social and medico-social field in France. AGIM has recently conducted, for example, an extensive real-life test program about practical implications of technologies for wandering and confusion management with more than 30 Alzheimer’s patients for the Conseil Général de Haute-Savoie.