Project: Active Older Adults @ Workplace

Acronym Active@Work (Reference Number: aal-2013-6-140)
Duration 01/12/2014 - 01/06/2017
Project Topic It's known that older adults are more susceptible to physical strain, mental stress and fatigue. However, they are usually very skilled, and have an invaluable knowledge that was gathered over the years. These are important assets that, if well "explored" will benefit the older adult and also the community. This project aims at providing the means to keep senior workers from the Service Sector active, adjusting their role to their actual physical capabilities and health state, increasing their possibilities to play an active role in the society, as the same time that will make them feel useful and capable to carry out their work. To achieve this, the Active@Work project will result in a Virtual Assistant tool able to assist adult workers at continue executing their daily work allowing continue active despite their age. It will be a multi-modal solution, capable at interact with the end-user in a natural and personalized way. It will assist the user at accomplishing his/her work without compromising health and preventing any other risk derived from fatigue or stress at work. One of the main characteristics of the solution will be the capability to actively intervene, in response to identified potential health threats that could lead to the decrease in the workers attention or productivity. The solution will also provide support for the worker to easily interact with new solutions or technologies, and also to engage in new activities, where his knowledge and experience will be an important asset. To ensure its adequacy to end-users real needs and also to the defined markets, the consortium will use an iterative approach, giving to the end-user an essential role in the development process. This will be possible through their involvement in the conception and specification phase, but also through the deployment of the Active@work in two distinct pilots. In the end, the consortium will create a new company to commercialize the resultant product in Europe.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
ATOS Spain S.A.U. Spain
Beltz Medical Klinik GmbH Germany
BodyTel Europe GmbH Germany
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Germany
IOS International Belgium
Multisector Norte – Innovation Consulting , Lda. Portugal
Sensolus Belgium
University of St. Gallen Switzerland