The purpose of this online consultation process for The VALUE AGEING project (Incorporating European Fundamental Values into ICT for Ageing: A vital political, ethical, technological, and industrial challenge) Work Package 7: Governance Issues and Policy Options is to collect valuable and diverse feedback from various groups of stakeholders relevant to the ICT for ageing sector on issues related to different policy options and governance models.
The European Commission has found German plans to support the setup of a platform for telemedicine services in eastern Saxony in line with EU state aid rules. The platform will allow providing medical services at a distance where the actors, for instance doctors and patients, cannot meet in the same location. The Commission concluded that, in line with EU objectives, the aid will make medical care more accessible for citizens, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.
Commission Vice-President in charge of competition policy, Joaquín Almunia, said: 'The telemedicine project in Saxony will improve access to medical services for citizens in remote areas without unduly distorting competition. This is the first Commission state aid decision in the sector and it can serve as an example for future projects.'
ALFRED’s objective is to develop a mobile, personalized assistant for elderly people, which helps them stay independent, coordinate with carers and foster their social contacts.
ALFRED will be a mobile, personalized Butler, created using cutting edge technologies such as advanced speech interaction, so you can talk directly to him. ALFRED will be very easy to use and will provide 'context-sensitive services related to social inclusion, care, physical exercise and cognitive games.'
The ALFRED research project aims to contribute to a society, where older people will be able to live at their own homes, independently and actively participate in economic and social life.
The issues on ageing society are already a top priority on the national agendas of Japan and the EU. ICT-based innovation can play a key role in addressing this challenge and help to create major opportunities for citizens and industry.
EU-Japan cooperation can bring major advantages and essential contributions for the solution of global ageing issues.
The workshop highlighted a number of concrete cases for cooperation including:
Service robotics for independent living (Horizon2020)
Open software platforms for service integration
Large scale ICT pilots on innovative services for ageing well (Horizon 2020)
Large scale data sharing and analysis (Horizon2020, EIP-AHA)
R&D&I roadmaps and strategic agendas
The workshop drew up the following recommendations as next steps:
A dedicated Horizon2020 Information day in Japan
An EU-Japan portal with information about relevant EU-JP initiatives
Joint workshops and researcher exchange scheme
Planning for possible future strategic cooperation
It is a well-known fact that the ageing of the European population has serious consequences on several sectors (health sector, education, ICT etc.). Thanks to the various research and technological developments, mainly as the result of European funded projects (FP7 and the AAL Joint Programme), the service palette offered to this segment of society is now very rich. Unfortunately the European education system has not kept up to this development and therefore the vocational training needs in relation to those new solutions are not fulfilled adequately yet which would be necessary in order to design, develop, operate and manage these systems and solutions.
The Leonardo da Vinci Programme co-funded CompAAL project has filled this gap and identified five AAL-related job profiles as the most important ones to be targeted. The profiles which have been elaborated by following the e-CF methodology clarify what competencies the five identified professionals shall possess. The five identified job roles cover the whole AAL technology development and maintenance chain starting from AAL system architect and AAL solution and system developer, through to AAL maintenance specialist, AAL community manager and AAL consultant.