Project: Fear Elimination As Resolution for Loosing Elderly Substantial Sorrows

Acronym FEARLESS (Reference Number: aal-2010-3-020)
Duration 01/07/2011 - 01/07/2014
Project Topic FEARLESS stands for Fear Elimination As Resolution for Loosing Elderly’s Substantial Sorrows, a project designed to detect a wide range of risks with a single sensor unit, enhancing mobility and enabling elderly to take active part in the self-serve society by reducing their fears. Another main focus of this project is the lack of expertise at the supplier side and thus the integration of important parts of the supply chain (i.e. network of electricians and electric shops). To ensure the concentration on the end users needs and wishes, this project is based on research within the Austrian project MuBisA ( by which it was possible to gain valuable experience and feedback from end users, thus improving the quality of the system concept tremendously. FEARLESS will utilize the flexibility of vision based sensors and combine it with acoustic event detection together into one single, easy installable sensor unit. The potential dangers, which can be detected with FEARLESS include smoke/fire, flooding, falls or sudden changes in daily life caused by a deterioration of the health condition. The overall aim of this project is the reduction of barriers (e.g. fears and concerns), which impedes the mobility of elderly people, often suffering from dementia or light loss of cognitive activities. To accomplish this, not only technical and social, but also psychological factors as well as protecting privacy are taken into consideration. The user is involved throughout the entire project, as their needs and wishes are examined in regular feedback intervals - as well as their feasible concerns about their privacy. Using contemporary service/business models, which are based on the supply of services, would be advisable since FEARLESS can use the existing infrastructure (e.g. DSL line) to get connected to the service centre. Only the hardware requirements of the base station within the service centre may slightly change.
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Network AAL
Call Call 3 – Self-serve Society

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Cogvis GmbH Austria
TU Wien Austria
Infokom GmbH Germany
Fraunhofer Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik Germany
Linkcare Health Services SL Spain
Medical University of Vienna Austria
University of Bamberg Germany
Samariterbund Österreich Rettung und Soziale Dienste gemeinnützige GmbH Austria
Tesan S.p.A. Italy