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REMOTE is a pan-European research project concerned with the needs of elderly and physically impaired people. The focus is especially on those living in geographical or social isolation whose independent life is at risk with chronic conditions or lifestyle risk factors. The project will provide support for an independent life at home with the aid of ambient intelligence (“AmI”, a technological approach, which means to enhance a person’s environment with sensors, radio modules, and computer processors in order to make everyday life easier) and tele-healthcare. The elderly’s personal environment will be improved with various kinds of monitoring and automation abilities or tracing activity and health condition, and detecting risks and critical situations.
For this purpose the project will use the scale-up of existing research prototypes and new systems for collecting human- and context-related data. These include sensors attached to a person’s body which measure e.g. body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, human posture, etc. Furthermore sensors and actuators can be installed in houses or cars for providing context information, e.g., air temperature, luminance, humidity, human location and motion, etc. Health care professionals have to be able to identify and react immediately to health risks to their patients, irrespective of time and lace. As a growing number of elderly in urban as well as in rural areas live on their own, monitoring activity and medical data at anytime and from anywhere can close the growing gap between urban and rural areas and thus ensure safety and a better quality of care.
REMOTE attains this goal by introducing an innovative, ontology-driven, open reference architecture and platform that will enable interoperability, seamless connectivity and sharing of content among the different services. The project’s overall concept includes:

  • A user-centred design philosophy and the consistent involvement of its potential end-users.
  • Processes for reaching consensus among all interested parties (stakeholders).
  • Strong commitment to ethical and legal issues (e.g. equal rights, and privacy protection).
  • Measurement of usability, impact and acceptance of the project’s developments by elderly.
  • Close collaboration with research and development institutions and companies in the field of tele-healthcare and ambient intelligence.
  • Significant contribution to the recent developments in tele-healthcare and ambient intelligence.

If interested in the project, please fill in the User Forum Nomination form.
For more information: the project’s leaflet and website.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) organises the preparatory meeting for the Joint Programming Initiative “Demographic Change / Health and Ageing – Living independently and actively in old age” to be held in Berlin, Germany, 28th/29th of January 2010.
The conference will bring together national representatives and stakeholders of the Member States of the European Union and experts in the field of ageing and demographic change.
Facing the challenges of an ageing population, many valuable initiatives and programmes at national and European level have already been established during the past years. In order to increase the mutual benefit arising from these actions, the BMBF has proposed to the EU-Member States to further develop these activities within the framework of the EU-Joint Programming Initiative, launched by the Research Ministers in the frame of the Competitiveness Council in December 2008. This upcoming meeting is to set up a joint process to interrelate the existing national programmes and instruments and to address the upcoming demands for Europe. It is the aim of this process to launch the Joint Programming Initiative “Demographic Change / Health and Ageing – Living independently and actively in old age”.
The participants will engage in discussions on Health & Care, Welfare & Social Systems, Education, Learning, Work & Innovativeness, Urban-Rural Development, Housing and Mobility.
Those interested can register online at by 15th of January 2010.