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: REMOTE
Partners: Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway (Norway), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (Hellas), TSB Soluciones S.A. (Spain), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Fundación para la Investigación Medica Aplicada (Spain), Peh-Med Ltd. (Israel), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece), Netscouts gemeinnuetzige GmbH (Germany), Abama Technologies S.L. (Spain), The European Older People's Platform (Belgium), Bluepoint IT Solutions (Romania), Medea SRL (Italy), Fraunhofer-Institut für Biomedizinische Technik (Germany), Ortholine Ltd. (Israel), European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (Belgium).
Project coordinator: Prof. Nicos Maglaveras, CERTH (Centre for Research and Technology, Greece).
Project manager Norway: Siri Bjørvig, Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø.
Primary objective: REMOTE aims at defining and establishing a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to R&D of ICT for addressing, in real life contexts, identified needs of frail elderly, especially of citizens at risk due to geographic and social isolation in combination with chronic conditions. The project will advance the state-of-the-art in fields of tele-healthcare and ambient intelligence by enhancing the elderly's personal environment with audio-visual, sensor/motoric monitoring, and automation abilities for tracing vital signs, activity, behavior and health condition, and detecting risks and critical situations, as well as providing, proactively and reactively, effective and efficient support at home. To this end, scale-up of existing research prototypes and development of new systems for collecting human- and context-related data will be deployed in the course of the project.
Results: There is a growing political awareness that both specialist and primary care need to increase their knowledge about technology which can help reduce the pressure of our health care system.
The Norwegian part of this project ended June 2012. The project as a whole is not concluded. To fulfill the project objectives, the coordinator has asked the AAL Programme for a project extension until October 2012. One of the main activities for NST in the project has been to organize one of the project's five test sites. The experiments in Tromsø were carried out in two phases with a test methodology common to all test sites. The REMOTE project has provided valuable knowledge which serve as input for new activities. To include the users in the R&D within this field is essential. The project has resulted in a closer and committed collaboration with the Norwegian Federation of Organisations of Disabled People (FFO) in the Troms region.
Project period: April 2009 - June 2012 (project partly completed)
Further information/website: www.remote-project.eu
National grant programme in Norway: IT Funk (ICT for disabled and elderly)
This document was first published 09.07.2009, and updated 01.10.2012.