HEREiAM aims to improve the autonomy and quality of life of older adults providing them with a user-friendly interoperable integrated platform that enable access to all the services that can be implemented in ICT terms: support for self-care at home, social networking, goods remote-shopping, tele-assistance, e-learning, healthcare related services and many others.
The interoperability of the system allows all the service providers and carers to access this platform through all the available technologies (broadband internet, new generation mobile).
At the same time it provides the elderly with a user-friendly technology that will help them during daily activities simply using the TV-set as terminal at home. This choice leads to:
1. Dramatically reduce the risk of refusal for digital divide: TV is a common tool at home since more than 50years. Moreover most of the envisaged services can be managed with a common TV remote control.
2. Expand the level of connectivity exploiting the potentialities of the DVB protocol and of other satellite based connectivity reaching areas not covered by wired internet connection.
The use of an accessible low-cost technology like TV expands the size of the target to different population groups. Being able to connect a large part of the population with different service providers, the platform developed by HEREiAM offers the opportunity to start a virtuous circle in which the portfolio of services becomes larger and larger and the interest of people increases as a consequence. To stimulate it a proper strategy of stakeholder involvement will be implemented from the beginning of the project.
Within the HEREiAM project two pilots will be deployed. A first pilot will take place in Netherlands and is oriented to people living in rural area and a second pilot will take place in a town from Italy in which digital divide is the standard in older adult population.
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