The overall OBJECTIVE of ENSAFE is to meet some of the societal and service provision related challenges posed by ageing society, by developing specific ICT-based solutions.  More specifically, ENSAFE aims at supporting more effective prevention and self-care strategies by creating a smarter, more accessible and versatile link among the elderly person, their living environment and the support network around them. Through the ENSAFE approach, the elderly person is expected to gain more awareness and control over their own health and wellness, empowering them in the self-management of care and thus fostering chances of more independent and higher quality life. Besides potential benefits brought to the elderly user, the project goals include supporting the informal caregiver network surrounding them and optimizing connection toward professional caregivers. As a by-product, it is expected that the project activity will create more room for inventive and flexible market actors, widening the possibility of SMEs by means of networking.

The user perception is at the focus of the project, calling for a strict user-centred design methodology. Additionally, the project seeks for a general approach, suitable to cover the large diversity of European social and healthcare ecosystems: to this purpose, stakeholders from different countries are represented in the partnership and trials are planned in four different countries. Such countries have been selected to challenge the project vision against substantially diverse social, economic and organizational contexts.

In light with the overall aims, the specific objective of the project is to create elderly-oriented, network-based services aimed at fostering independent life: the service vision is built upon a layer of existing technologies, encompassing mobile communication (GoLivephone device), environmental sensing (CARDEAdomus) and clinical monitoring (METEDA). Within the project activities, such technologies will be further developed and integrated into a common framework which, in turn, will provide the basis for implementing innovative services.

meeting gent 220915Data coming from different devices (bringing raw information about the user activity and health status) will be gathered at a supervision level, and analysed to infer information meaningful to the health/wellness assessment which will enable feedback strategies, targeted at different (primary, secondary, tertiary) end-users.