IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
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Fall alarms by way of social mediaWhen a person falls and is unable to get up by themselves, relevant services should be alerted as quickly as possible. The problem with falls is that it often takes a long time for help to arrive. Attempts are now being made to use technology to find ways of improving the situation.
The research institute Sintef ICT and the university NTNU, both of Trondheim, Norway, are working whereby social media technology can be used to send distress alarms, instead of today's dedicated alarm button which alerts only a designated care service provider. The research is part of the collaborative high priority EU project "Fareseeing", with 11 participants from ?? countries.
For more information read the article on Sintef's homepage. (July 8, 2012)
Of 107 different proposals with a total number of 812 partners that were submitted to Call 4 in 2011, the proposal Game-based mobility training and motivation of senior citizens" (acronym "GameUp") was ranked as number one.
"GameUp" has 7 partners from 3 countries, with Spain having the lead coordinator and partners from Norway and Switzerland. Norway is represented by Northern Research Institute in Tromsø, the company Cyberlab AS in Trondheim, with Tromsdalen parish from Tromsø as end-user. (January 25, 2012)
IT Funk is the Norwegian partner in the European programme Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). This is a joint research and development funding programme (2008 – 2013) involving 23 European countries, 20 EU Member States and 3 Associated States. The objective of AAL is to enhance the quality of life of older people through innovative ICT-solutions, and in the process also strengthen the industrial base in Europe in this area.
For information on Norwegian participation in AAL Calls, see AAL Projects.
For more information on the AAL Joint Programme: http://www.aal-europe.eu/about-aal
AAL-projects with Norwegian partners
2012: Call 5
2011: Call 4
2010: Call 3:
2009: Call 2:
2008: Call 1:
Examples of IT Funk-supported projects, some of which have developed into major projects funded by EU or other international programmes:
Norwegian Policy on Accessibility and Universal Design
Last updated 16.01.2013.