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GiraffPlus is funded by the European Community's Framework Programme Seven (FP7) under contract #288173. FP7 - ICT - Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance. Duration: 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2014

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Digital Agenda for Europe, Ageing well with ICT

As Europeans live longer and because of new expensive treatments, a substantial increase in costs of health and social care is expected. The use of ICT can empower people in every age to better manage their own health and quality of health and be a powerful ally for maintaining good and affordable health care. The GiraffPlus project aims at developing a system which allows for early detecting and adaptive support to changing individual needs related to the ageing.

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AgeingWell (Network for the Market Uptake of ICT for AgeingWell)

The aim of the AgeingWell Thematic Network is to build and animate an European network focused on improving the quality of life of Elderly People by promoting the market uptake of ICT solutions for Ageing Well. The GiraffPlus project and the AgeingWell Thematic Network have signed a protocol for collaboration for enhanced dissemination of project results.

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universAAL (Universal Open Platform and Reference Specification for Ambient Assisted Living)

As the European population ages, more support is needed with fewer hands to cater for their needs. There is a huge market potential for Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solutions, but adoption is limited because they require significant resources for implementation. To address this, universAAL will produce an open platform that provides a standardized approach making it technically feasible and economically viable to develop AAL solutions.

ProFouND (Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination)

The ProFouND project is a ICT PSP Thematic Network on Falls Prevention involving 21 partners from 12 different EU countries. GiraffPlus is an associate member of the project.

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SRS (Multi-Role Shadow Robotic System for Independent Living)

The project focuses on the development and prototyping of remotely-controlled, semi-autonomous robotic solutions in domestic environments to support elderly people. In particular, the SRS project will demonstrate an innovative, practical and efficient system called “SRS robot” for personalized home care.

Robot-Era (Implementation and Integration of Advanced Robotic Systems and Intelligent Environments in real Scenarios for the Aging Population)

The objective of the Robot-Era project is to develop, implement and demonstrate the general feasibility, scientific/technical effectiveness and social/legal plausibility and acceptability by end-users of a plurality of complete advanced robotic services, integrated in intelligent environments, which will actively work in real conditions and cooperate with real people and between them to favor independent living, improve the quality of life and the efficiency of care for elderly people.

Florence (Multi Purpose Mobile Robot for Ambient Assisted Living)

The objective of Florence is to research and investigate the role robots can play for assisting and improving the well-being of elderly and to increase the efficiency in elderly care. More specifically, the Florence project has focused on creating a low-cost robotic AAL services platform that supports both AAL and lifestyle services in the following domains:

  • Coaching, by giving feedback on specific activities like physical exercises, and advise on activities of daily living.
  • Social inclusion, by supporting access to the social networks synchronous communication means.
  • Safety, by using Florence as additional ears and eyes in comfort or safety situations, controlled by service providers or the elderly themselves (crisis or emergency detection, smoke detection, personal alarm, water-damage ...)

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ExCITE (Enabling SoCial Interaction Through Embodiment)

The main objective of ExCITE is to evaluate user requirements of social interaction that enables embodiment through robotic telepresence. This evaluation is performed in situ, on a Pan­European scale and with a longitudinal perspective. An existing prototype of Giraff is deployed to the targeted end­ users, and is refined by tightly involving the users in the development cycles of the prototype throughout the project. The project duration is July 2010 - December 2013.

UTARI (University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute)

UTARI has a major research focus in assistive robotics. The goal of this area is to enable robots and devices to assist people and improve human performance in daily activities. They focus on populations with special needs, including those with physical disabilities and injuries and those that require rehabilitation and care management. 
UTARI is very interested in the GiraffPlus platform as a tool for assisting elderly and disabled people (most notably, wounded warriors). The two organizations have an ongoing dialogue and plan to trial the service in the U.S. in the future.  A representative from GiraffPlus participated in the UTARI conference for wounded warriors in San Antonio, USA 2013.



VictoryaHome is a support system that monitors health and safety, and facilitates social contact. The main goal of VictoryaHome is to design, create and roll out useful and usable services to improve people’s wellbeing, independence, health and safety – not only for seniors, but also for their family, friends and professional caregivers, such as nurses and response centres.

DOREMI (Decrease of cOgnitive decline malnutRition and sedEntariness by elderly empowerment in lifestyle Management and social Inclusion)

Social Activity & Mind are the key factors to reach the “active ageing”. The decline of cognitive ability is strongly related to lifestyle, as well as social engagement, cognitive stimulation, nutrition and physical activity. DOREMI is focused to counteract cognitive decline and improve social inclusion with the help of cognitive games and a virtual companion, to be used with PCs, TVs and tablets. The Smart Environment developed in DOREMI, based on the activity recognition process and the reasoning system, will be able to support the users during the use of the platform and interact with them when necessary (i.e., level of activity low, invitation received by participants in social games).

Haivisio is an ambitious Coordination and Support Action project aimed at enhancing visibility and awareness of the results generated by eHealth, Active Ageing and Independent Living projects, supporting community building around these results, through a series of communication and synergy exploitation activities. HAIVISIO links and works in tandem with almost all relevant projects funded by the European Commission in an attempt to increase their impact on the society and to bridge the existing gap between ICT research and innovation results in eHealth, Active Ageing and Independent Living and the routine provision of services to the European citizens.

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