Project: Connected Vitality, the Personal Telepresence Network

Acronym CVN Network (Reference Number: aal-2009-2-187)
Duration 01/06/2010 - 01/06/2013
Project Topic Based upon the latest, H.264 Scalable Video Coding standard, easy access to fast internet and moderate prices for high speed hardware, our consortium propose to link groups of senior citizens into a client-server designed video communications network, coined Connected Vitality, the Personal Telepresence Network (CVN). The goal of the project is to have a small scale CVN network operational that is highly rewarded by elderly to fulfill meaningful social contacts and is intuitively suited for their needs and abilities. The technology enables elderly to gain autonomous telepresence at any time; Allows elderly to have their individual needs and interests as a starting point for all their video and audio communications; Allows elderly to interact with family, friends and other elderly in a natural and seamless way, unhindered by technological barriers; Group videocommunication formats like games, reading to grandchildren, group discussions etc., enabled by the CVN network, will act as a catalyst to create virtual communities, stimulating elderly restricted to poor social environments into social meaningfull activities; Creating a generic open communication model with strong building blocks inviting third parties to create their own add-on modules, developing the network into a main infrastructure for all kind of social and care needs; Once implemented, we believe this groundbreaking videotechnology will empower senior citizens far beyond current possibilities and help them to overcome social restraints, impaired mobility and isolation, so many suffer from today.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Municipality of Arvika Sweden
Budapest University of Technology and Economics Hungary
FamCorner Israel
Fundacion Andaluza de Servicios Sociales Spain
Gezondheidsinstituut NIGZ Netherlands
University of Salzburg, ICT&S Center Austria
Sensire Netherlands
University of Cyprus Cyprus
Presence Displays Netherlands