engAGEnt strongly represented at Köln’s Education Fair 2014

Within the framework of the Cologne Education Fair 2014, engAGEnt partners had a strong representation: A stand with informative material of the outcome of the engAGEnt project including permanent staff at the stand that gave advice to interested visitors. On Sunday, a sessions on « New professional perspectives in AAL » was given by Ed Mahood (DEKRA) and Dirk Sommermeyer (iAQ) in front of an interested audience.

Successful AAL Consultant Pilot Trainings organized by iAQ in Germany

In order to face the upcoming challenges in relation to the demographic change, technologies and concepts of Ambient Assistant Living (AAL) have been developed. To improve the quality of life of older people, technological assistance systems are used. 

The European project engAGEnt, co-funded by the EU commission, developed a harmonised European curriculum based on the principles of ECVET which will qualify professionals for the profession of an AAL Consultant. 
In March and April 2014, pilot trainings were conducted in Regensburg, Germany. As an introduction to the topic of AAL and « social interaction », an online seminar was conducted on March, 31st. On April 11th and 12th two classroom seminars were held on the topics of « health monitoring » and « safety technology in the home environment ». In addition to methods for the analysis of individual needs and circumstances, the participants received practical insights into the possibilities of technical assistance systems by means of examples and concrete situations. Using case studies, the participants developed technical solution scenarios and discussed ethical and privacy related aspects. A total of 18 people participated in this course. The feedback from the participants on the structure and content of the course were positive.
The completion of the project will take place in September at the 15th “Kölner Weiterbildungsmesse”. The project team will present the ECVET based, European curriculum of an AAL Consultant.

Successful final event of CompAAL!

After 2 years of tackling the identification of skills and competences related to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), CompAAL presented its results at the Silver Economy EXPO which took place for the first time in Paris, France on 5 – 6 December 2013! 

A booklet of 5 Role Profiles and a Training Guide for VET providers, employers and employees in the field of AAL are the outcomes of the partners’ efforts. These outcomes were presented during the micro-conference « How AAL boosts employment – a European view », which took place on 6 December 2013 at 14h30 at the Silver Economy EXPO 2013, Paris, France. Francois Adoue, Maison de la Promotion Social, presented the CompAAL results to an interesting public of approximately 40 professionals, amongst them SMEs and consultants. 
The EXPO allowed to enlarge the AAL network through contacts with companies innovating in the exciting field of AAL, a field with great market and employment potential! CompAAL was present at the EXPO with a booth from 5 December to 6 December 2013.

CompAAL was presented to the members of the IT and Communication Social Dialogue Committee (IKPB) in Budapest

The Hungarian IT and Communication Social Dialogue Committee (ITDC)* organised its regular meeting on 19 November 2013 in Budapest, within the framework of which the results of the CompAAL project were presented to the participating experts, involved in ICT education development in Hungary. 

The event hosted 4 presentations followed by a discussion among the participants. Ms Erzsébet Szlamka, representing the Educational Authority, provided an overview of the European Qualifications Framework and the status of the development of the National Qualifications Framework in Hungary (MKKR). Her presentation was followed by a detailed introduction into the vocational training related national sub-project of MKKR. Ms Kinga Szebeni, National Labour Office, indicated that by mid 2013 the classification of each vocational training must be completed. 
The third presentation was given by Ms Klara Süveges-Heilingbrunner, representing the ICT Association of Hungary which is the Hungarian partner of the CompAAL project. Ms Süveges-Heilingbrunner informed the participants on the results of the CompAAL project which is close to its termination. The presentation provided an overview both on the 5 Rob Profiles in the field of AAL, defined by the CompAAL experts, as well as the Training Guide which has been elaborated for VET providers, employers and employees involved or interested in AAL related vocational trainings.
Within the framework of the last presentation, Mr József Mlinarics, member of ITCDC, informed the audience on the eJobs Observatory, its functionalities and services.
ITCDC is a bilateral forum operating on sectorial  level. It is a body that implements interest representation, interest protection, interest mediation and interest conciliating tasks at work. Its aim is to achieve constructive co-operation of the social partners. The participants observe the national laws, the EU directives and the valid agreements of each sector.

How AAL boosts employment – a European view! Join the CompAAL final event!

Why AAL is more important today than ever? Can I do business out of AAL? Where can I find qualified people to work on AAL? How can I train my employees on AAL? If you want to get answers to these questions, join the micro-conference « How AAL boosts employment – a European view« , which will take place on 6 December 2013 at 14h30 at the Silver Economy EXPO 2013, Paris, France. 

The Silver Economy EXPO, which will gather companies and stakeholders working on the AAL field, is the best environment to present the results of CompAAL (Role Profiles on AAL and Training Guidelines). CompAAL will be present with a booth. We invite you to visit us! We will be happy to meet you and provide with with the latest trends on Skills and AAL.
Silver Economy has been launched in France by Michèle Delaunay, Minister for elderly and for Autonomy.  

An AAL solution has been awarded as 1 of the 10 most innovative worldwide

The « Compagnon digital » (Digital Companion) is a touch screen with a thousand functions, especially for the elderly. This innovation launched by the Belgian start-up « CareSquare » has been awarded by the Netexplo Forum. Each year, the global observatory of digital innovation awards 10 projects that are the most promising and innovative. 

The « Digital Companion » was designed to extend and enhance the independence of the elderly and home care. It allows medical monitoring of patients suffering from certain diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or pulmonary disease.

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CompAAL was present at PETRA Conference in Rhodes!

On 29-31 May 2013 Rhodes, Greece welcomed around 100 participants in the 6th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA). This year the focus was on technological solutions for the in- home care of the elderly, as well as the care of people with chronic disorders.

CompAAL was presented in two sessions:
Tools, Infrastructures, Architectures and techniques for Deploying Pervasive Applications in Assistive Environments
  • Exploring Ambient Assisted Living Job Profiles, Achilles Kameas (Hellenic Open University)

How Ambient Assisted Living influences the job market – a European view, moderated by Aspasia Theodosiou and Achilles Kameas (Hellenic Open University)

The PETRA Conference brings together different types of technology to address an important social and healthcare issue: as the world’s population ages, there is growing interest in solutions for the in- home care of the elderly as well as for the care of people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other disabilities or traumas,. These people will increasingly rely on technology to be able to stay in their homes.

ADvanced monitoring serVices of Elder via sensor NeTworks (ADVENT)

ADVENT is a project funded under the action “Cooperation 2011 – Productive and research institutions’ partnerships in targeted research and technology domains”, of the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013, Greece

It focuses on the area of Personal Health Systems, in the field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), where it proposes a novel platform to support the provision of a comfortable and safe environment for daily living of elders, while retaining their mobility and independency. This will be achieved through advanced technologies in various research fields that will be integrated in a specially designed platform, in order to facilitate the provision of a coherent set of personalized services. 

The main objectives of ADVENT are to develop and implement the ADVENT platform, as well as a series of health-related and general purpose assistive services. An ultimate objective is the creation of the proper conditions to assist elderly people to carry out their daily activities with improved security, confidence and efficiency. ADVENT will deploy a system architecture for real-time data acquisition from heterogeneous sources: bio-sensors, sensing devices providing context data (e.g. location) and user profiles providing personal data enriched with context-related information. These data will be properly processed to produce medical knowledge for decision support purposes and facilitate personalized service delivery. 
ADVENT will develop a prototype product to provide automated assistance to the elderly at home, targeting a market that promises to grow as people live longer. The technologies utilized within ADVENT will produce a prototype modular package, with interfaces that will be very easy to use, integrated with hardware and software components that will encompass 2nd and 3rd generation telecare. The package will be embedded in a holistic service concept, targeting the actual needs of the elders’ independent living and it will be tested and evaluated in real-world contexts.

Major AAL event in Paris May 16th

The « Nuit du Grand Age et du Bien Vieillir » is an event (Forum+Trade show) will take place in Paris Casino on May 16th.
This event is placed under the aegis of the Solidarity and Elderly French minister Michèle Delaunay and will present in a Forum/Exposition the last technological developments to support autonomy for elderly and for people with limited autonomy.
Awards will also be given to support the best products and services devoted to Ambient Assisted Living followed by a networking cocktail.
This event has also to be placed in parallel with the creation of a french professional organisation to support the development of Silver Economy in France ASIPAG

CompAAL was presented at the eVITA Hungarian Technology Platform

The ICT Association of Hungary (IVSZ) took part in the event of the eVITA Hungarian technology Platform on 25 April 2013, in Budapest. eVITA platform focuses on Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) related technologies and aims at bringing together stakeholders to discuss relevant topics and cooperate, in order to facilitate the dissemination of AAL research results.

Participants had the chance to attend three
presentations. Mr Sándor Oroján, expert of IVSZ responsible for
vocational activities introduced the participants to the background of the
CompAAL project as well as to its first results, i.e. fiveJob Role Profiles.

Mr Zoltán Havasi, CEO of MOHAnet Plc,
introduced the participants to the most important AAL related developments of
the company and emphasised that the daily usage of these products require
additional knowledge from the users and maintainers. Therefore, vocational
training is key in this field.  

Within the framework of the third presentation, Mr Loránd Vajda,
representative of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics,
presented to the participants the current results of the CVN project (ConnectedVitality
– The Personal Telepresence Network), funded by the AAL Programme. Mr Vajda stressed
that Yooom, a solution that links groups of senior citizens into a video
communication network, enabling them to choose the activity as well as levels
of social interaction according to their individual needs, abilities and
lifestyle, might become a popular tool for elderly persons for keeping contact
with their loved ones also in case of bigger distances.

Discussions were mainly targeted on the focus of the
profiles (more IT than medical), the planned level of the training as well as
the expected final outcome of the project.