The OLDES project, after peer review evaluation, has been selected as one of the 25 nominees for the IT @ 2011. The project intends to offer new technological solutions to improve the quality of life of older people, through the development of a very low cost and easy to use entertainment and health care platform, designed to ease the life of the elderly in their homes. OLDES project aims to plan and develop an innovative technological system for tele-assistance and tele-accompany, thanks to the joint work of 11 EU partners. The OLDES system has been experimented on two testing pilots in Bologna and in Prague. In the town of Bologna more than 100 mature adults have been involved and to access the services, they have been provided a home gateway made up by a set-top-box (a small, low cost PC) and a remote control.