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.
Project acronym: A2E2
Partners (6): AMSTA (The Netherlands), Mawell Ltd. (Finland), Hospital IT AS (Norway), VTT-Technical research Centre of Finland (Finland), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Center for Advanced Media Research Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Project coordinator: AMSTA, The Netherlands.
Project manager Norway: Anders Platou, Hospital IT AS, Norway.
Primary objective: Create an innovative and adaptive solution for the prevention and management of chronic diseases among elderly people, promoting a higher quality of life and increased well-being through an increase in physical activity.
The A2E2 vision has been a smart environment equipped with ICT technologies that act upon individual preferences and needs of its users. Imagine an individually tailored solution that is appreciated by the user and therefore deliberately used. Imagine this tool prompting and guiding through life style changes that are essential for the prevention and management of diabetes type II and cardio-vascular diseases in the elderly individual.
Results (Norwegian partner): The project has produced important and tangible knowledge and skills in multiple areas such as technology, user needs, and needs of authorities, commercialization and understanding the market. Pilot projects have revealed all elements in the value chain, and has underlined the importance of reorganization and redesigning processes and procedures on the nursing side. The project has tried out new technology in the field of sensors and wireless transmissions, robust enough to withstand the high quality requirements from the health industry.
The project has also offered a wide range of services, need to have and nice to have targeted for different kinds of users. The project has created and developed a wide range of advanced 3D user application provided by efficient net centric data architecture production platform. In this respect the project gained very valuable knowledge; the man machine interface and the range of functionality can be offered to specific user groups.
The project has not produced a specific product or set of services ready to be marketed and delivered, but is enabled to research and try out technology and services, enabling to better understand how to choose the right technology, the right product or service, how to bundle and marketing it and how to influence the service providers and the elderly. Systems developed based on the knowledge from the project are being installed in Norway and may reach 500 apartments for the elderly by year end 2012.
Project period: May 2009 - April 2012
Further information/website: www.a2e2.eu
National grant programme in Norway: IT Funk (ICT for disabled and elderly)
Read article and watch coverage of A2E2 on NRK's website in November 2011: http://www.nrk.no/vitenskap-og-teknologi/1.7880233
This document was first published 09.07.2009, and updated 01.10.2012.