Project: Home sERvices for specialised elderly Assisted living

Acronym HERA (Reference Number: aal-2008-1-079)
Duration 01/10/2010 - 01/10/2012
Project Topic The HERA project aims to provide a platform with cost-effective specialised assisted living services for the elderly people suffering from mild Alzheimer with identified risk factors, which will significantly improve the quality of their home life, extend its duration and at the same time reinforce social networking. The HERA platform will provide three main categories of services: - Cognitive and physical reinforcement services: These services will be a supplement of non-drug therapeutical interventions provided to the patient by specialised Alzheimer care center. - Patient specific home care services: This service category will include social reinforcement services, reality orientation support services and services capable to monitor several Alzheimer related risk factors. - General home care services for elderly: This service category will include medication reminder services, information services as well as alarm services in cases of abnormal health conditions. HERA will be based on innovative ICT results of the INHOME (IST-45061) and ASK-IT (IST-511298) R&D projects by integrating the INHOME generic platform allowing the provision of home services for the elderly people with the agent approach for knowledge modelling and ambient intelligence followed in ASK-IT towards providing the aforementioned services. The HERA platform's architecture constitutes a pragmatic approach since the main human machine interface is the TVSet/STB allowing the multimodal interaction (TTS and SR and navigation with the remote control) between the services and the elderly, low-cost off-the-self equipment is required and the services reside at an external Application Server. We strongly believe that the HERA services will have certain exploitation potential and will directly reach the market through telcos and service providers. In that sense, the HERA platform and services have the potential to be applied and deployed widely in Europe.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Alcatel Lucent Deutschland AG Germany
Forschungsinstitut des Roten Kreuzes Austria
DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC CENTER OF ATHENS- "HYGEIA" SOCIETE ANONYME Greece
Paris Descartes University France
SingularLogic S.A Greece
SOLINET GmbH Telecommunications Germany
Telekom Austria TA AG Austria