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                       Call For workshop participation

    "Support for companies developing Ambient Assisted Living solutions,
                     to achieve the market breakthrough"

  organised by theEuropean Commission  <>  and the AAL Open AssociationAALOA  <>
                 and supported by theAAL Association  <>

Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
                               07 June, 2011


This invitation is directed at companies whose business involves the 
development of software components or complete solutions for AAL 
(Ambient Assisted Living). The participation of SMEs is particularly 

The goals of the workshop are to:


      Indentify technical areas where -- in the view of the participants
      -- provision of common approaches or technical solutions would
      lead to faster, cheaper or more flexible product development.


      Provide information about on-going activities in this area
      supported by the European Commission and AALA


      Discuss the form and content of possible new funding measures from
      the European Commission and AALA aimed at involving companies in
      practical experimentation with new technologies currently under
      development, and offering them the opportunity to influence this
      work to match their needs.

The underlying motivation for the workshop is the potential for 
significant economic and social impact from the introduction -- on a 
wide scale -- of innovative AAL solutions. While this potential has been 
recognized for some time, breakthroughs in terms of widespread 
availability and deployment of solutions have yet to be achieved. The EU 
and AALA have funded activities in this area for some years, and some of 
these are now at a stage in their development where direct hands-on 
involvement of development companies is the best way to make sure that 
this work produces results that are effective and applicable in real 
industrial settings.

The workshop is organised by AALOA and European Commission -- 
eInclusion, and supported by AALA:

    *AAL Open Association -- AALOA* is serving as an open meeting point
    for various projects, individuals, and organizations to form an AAL
    community with broad involvement from all types of stakeholders like
    technology providers, service providers and research institutions
    involved in AAL. AALOA is intended as an invitation to join the
    mission of bringing together the resources, tools and people
    involved in AAL within a single forum, making it much easier to
    reach conclusions on provisions needed to design, develop, evaluate
    and standardize an open common service platform for AAL.

    *European Commission -- eInclusion:* Information and Communication
    Technologies (ICT) play an essential role in supporting daily life
    in today's digital society. They are used at work, to stay in touch
    with family, to deal with public services as well as to take part in
    culture, entertainment, leisure and political dialogues. The
    Commission proposes a series of measures to promote take-up of
    digital technologies by potentially disadvantaged groups, such as
    elderly, less-literate, and low-income persons. Improving access for
    people with disabilities as well as tackling demographic ageing with
    the help of ICT for a better quality of life for the elderly,
    reduced cost of care, and business opportunities in the "silver
    economy" are important parts of the eInclusion agenda.

    *AAL Association -- AALA:* The AAL Association is an international
    not-for-profit association with the involvement of many EU member
    states that implements the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme.
    Its objective is to enhance the quality of life of older people and
    strengthen the industrial base in Europe through the use of ICT. The
    motivation of the new funding activity is in the demographic change
    and ageing in Europe, which implies not only challenges but also
    opportunities for the citizens, the social and healthcare systems as
    well as industry and the European market.

As a first approach to achieve the market breakthrough, the goal of the 
planned workshop is to involve the industry in _new funded projects_ 
where their products can be _ported to a promising platform solution_ 
from international research projects and be integrated in AAL 
environments with minimal integration efforts. The AAL community is 
invited to _nominate_ existing and emerging platforms with suitable IPRs 
(that allow their usage in the new projects) as candidates to serve as 
porting target in such projects. The funding should mainly aim at 
mitigating adaptation costs for the participating vendors. The following 
benefits are then expected to be achieved:


      The industry and research are supposed to get closer to each
      other, bridging the gap between the AAL research achievements and
      the industrial AAL products and services.


      The vendors of the AAL products and services will be able to adopt
      selected technologies from the latest research results and, if the
      whole target platform proves to be very promising, will benefit
      from being among its early adopters.


      The candidate platforms will be provided with the most effective
      feedback loop for taking corrective actions and will have the
      opportunity to deliver the evidence for the practicality of their


      The funding authorities (eInclusion and AALA) benefit from the
      overall effect of getting closer to the AAL market breakthrough
      and can show the usefulness of all the previous investments in AAL.


      As, according to its manifesto, AALOA wants to "Design, develop,
      evaluate, standardize and maintain a common service platform for
      AAL", such porting projects will provide the AALOA community with
      indicators for creating consensus around a shared platform.

In order to guarantee the existence of at least one candidate platform 
as porting target, eInclusion recommends the AAL platform being 
assembled within the FP7 project called universAAL [4] 
which is supposed to consolidate the results of the eInclusion previous 
investments in AAL towards an open cross-application platform. The goal 
of eInclusion in funding universAAL was to prevent the legacy of the 
previous investments from dying out; such legacy should be reused 
efficiently towards converging conclusions. Also due to the usage of 
permissive open source licenses by universAAL, the platform should be a 
serious candidate for porting projects. This, however, should be 
examined in the workshop as appropriate.

The preliminary scheme of the workshop program is as follows (the final 
programme will be published by the end of May 2011):


      Opening by the organizers (ca. 15 minutes)


      Up to 10 very short presentations by technology and service
      providers on the AAL market obstacles (ca. 60 minutes)


      Three short presentations by the candidate platforms (ca. 45 minutes)


      Up to three short presentations on funding possibilities for
      porting projects by FP7, AAL JP, and CIP ICT PSP (ca. 45 minutes)


      Guided discussions on the targeted funding scheme and concluding
      the recommendations (ca. 2.5 hours)


      Closing with a sort of protocol (ca. 15 minutes)

AALOA plans to organize further workshops directed at AAL market 
breakthrough and will invite the community in due time to participate in 
the discussions about the possible topics for them.


[1] The Ambient Assisted Living Open Association <>.
[2] Short for the ICT for Inclusion 
<> sector of the DG 
for Information Society and Media 
<> of the European Commission.
[3] The Ambient Assisted Living Association. 
[4] Short for UNIVERsal open platform and reference Specification for 
Ambient Assisted Living <> under the grant 
agreement no. 247950.


Workshop: 07 June, 2011
Albert Borschette Conference Centre,
Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Link to the workshop webpage at theEuropean Commission  <>



Dr. Reiner Wichert
Head of Fraunhofer-Allianz Ambient Assisted Living
Department Head Interactive Multimedia Appliances

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