Spanish AmIVital project to develop intelligent devices for elderly and
6 June 2007
Grenada, Spain. The AmIVital project aims to create a wide
range of devices especially designed and adapted to the elderly and to
people with disabilities or reduced mobility. These include intelligent
devices, biosensors, portable systems (integrated into the human body or
into clothes), ubiquitous wireless networks, multimodal interfaces (PCs,
PDAs, telephones, etc.).
It will develop both specific ready-to-use products, and also set up a
technological platform comprising device, network and standardized computer
programme components that will make it simpler to create services adapted to
different needs and environments.
The project, AmIVital: digital personal environment for health and
wellbeing, is a cooperation effort between technology companies,
research groups and the private sector. Seventeen Spanish information and
communication technology companies and research groups participate in
AmIVital. From the private sector, Siemens will be the leader of the project
and other companies include Telefónica R&D, Telvent Interactiva, Ericsson
Spain, Eptron, CPI – Central de Procesos Informáticos, Acerca Comunicaciones
y Sistemas and Arizone.
Public stakeholders will include the association ITACA – Instituto de
Aplicaciones de las TIC Avanzadas (TSB Group), CARTIF Foundation, Hospital
Universitario Puerta de Hierro Biomedical Research Foundation, Rioja Salud
Foundation, Carlos III Health Institute and the universities of Malaga,
Polytechnic of Madrid, Saragossa and Granada, through its department of
Computer Architecture headed by professor Alberto Prieto Espinosa. The
Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade has also granted
€20m to the project.
presentation of the project took place on 8 May 2007 at the University of
Granada (Universidad de Granada).
Granada was chosen as the city to launch
AmIVital because of its high concentration of companies and regional public
research bodies, as well as due to the support provided to the project by
the Andalusian Regional Government through its department of Innovation,
Science and Business.
The public telecommunications company SADETEL will pilot technology with
patients in Andalusia who are already users of remote assistance services
provided by the Regional Government.
The head of the AmIVital project,
also head of the SIEMENS Organization and Research department, Luis F.
Reigosa Gago, and the head of the Telefónica R&D Centre in Granada, Luis
Carlos Fernandez Gonzalez, stated that even though the project will be
developed throughout the next four years, “the first results and their
direct application to patients will take place in the short run”.