Project: An interactive knowledge-transfer system for persons who care

Acronym KNOTS (Reference Number: aal-2013-6-144)
Duration 01/07/2014 - 01/07/2017
Project Topic Todays world of care is multifaceted, especially people living independently in their own house or flat are supported in their life in very different ways: Relatives often take care and visit frequently. Professional caretakers help on more demanding medical or nursing tasks. Voluntary services of health organisations add another informal source of care and warmth to the life of older people. All these actors form an informal group of colleges, but as they have different levels of skills, age, experience, working-hours and motivation, the exchange of knowledge on care is demanding in daily life situations. Within KNOTS, an ICT-based knowledge transfer-system is developed, that addresses the retention, aggregation and sharing of intergenerational and interdisciplinary knowledge in an user-adaptable knowledge-database. A strong focus lies on the inclusion of all user, from young professionals to older persons with their individual abilities and preferences. As people are living at home get more and more support from AAL-technology, from in-house alarm-systems to smart-house technologies for building automation and emergency detection. Service and maintenance is a challenge the caretakers have to face, so within KNOTS, additional information and manuals on technical devices can be shared and found. The KNOTS platform will be an interactive information system which will be able to display various information on a mobile end device or information terminals. To achieve this, an adaptable, barrier-free and voice-enabled user-interface will be developed. Within Knots, various data-types can by shared, from text-memos, interactive manuals, instructional videos to audio-recordings. The KNOTS-Service will be made available for an annual fee with or without rented hardware. KNOTS actively includes voluntary users (Partner: JUH), professional caretakers (HKT) and technical and service staff for AAL-technologies (CTK) in all stages of the design and evaluation process.
Network AAL
Call Call 6 – Supporting occupation in life for older adults

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Beeware GmbH Germany
CareTech AB Sweden
Fraunhofer IDMT, Department Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology Germany
Hemtjänstkompaniet AB Sweden
Johanniter Unfall Hilfe e.V. Germany
Portugal Telecom Comunicações Portugal
Protronic GMBH Germany