- Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS)
- University of St. Gallen (USG)
- CURAVIVA Schweiz (CURAVIVA)
- Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT)
- Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH (EVISION)
- Ingeniería y Soluciones Informáticas (ISOIN)
- Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung Nürnberg e.V. (VMKN)
- EURAG Österreich (EURAG)
The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) participates with two departments. The Center for Advanced Studies and Research in Information and Communication Technologies & Society (ICT&S), which is led by Univ. Prof. Dr. Manfred Tscheligi, is established as independent interfaculty research and study center. The Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit of the ICT&S Center deals with the design, development, and evaluation of existing and emerging interaction systems by focusing on the user (user-centered design). The understanding and measurement of usability, user experience and user acceptance play a major role, and related studies are carried out in our User Experience and Interaction Experimentation Lab. The HCI & Usability Unit has collected extensive experience as user studies work package leader/partner in European projects, besides others in three AAL projects: FamConnector (online activities between older adults and their grandchildren), Connected Vitality (client-server designed video communications network for older adults) and Entrance (trip planning as well as indoor and outdoor navigation) and ENTRANCE (platform for trip planning, based on internet service but assisted by indoor and outdoor navigation services). The Multimedia Communications research group at the Department of Computer Sciences has more than fifteen years of expertise in Internet and digital broadcast television technology with focus on IP over wireless broadcast links and satellites. The group is led by Ass. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Collini-Nocker and currently consists of 4 researchers and research assistants. The main areas of interest in communications include IP/DVB, interactive television (iTV), web caching, IP multicast protocols and applications, link layer security and GSE application to the DVB-family of standards. The Multimedia Communications research group has experiences and skills in combining television and interactive services, which were demonstrated previously in projects such as “EDIBS“, “TV Salzburg“, “IMSATV“ and “iTV2”.
The University of St. Gallen (USG) is one of the top-ranked European business schools. It has constantly extended its network of exchange and cooperation agreements with internationally prominent business schools and universities in Europe, North and South America and Asia. In 1990, the University became a member of the CEMS. As the first German-speaking University, the University of St. Gallen has been accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and since 2004 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Institute of Information Management (IWI-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen was founded in 1989. The institute mainly conducts applied research in the field of information management and business models for the information age. It has excellent knowledge and experience in Business Networking, Business Models, Business-IT-Alignment, and Software Engineering. The Competence Center Independent Living (CC IL), a research group within IWI-HSG, specifically deals with ICT-enabled, collaborative business models to support older persons’ quality of life. The CC IL has extensive experience from applied research on cross-industry business models for Ambient Assisted Living/Independent Living. The backbone for this research is the Independent Living Network St. Gallen with more than 30 business partners and user organizations (see www.cc-il.eu for a list of members). For the last 1.5 years the CC IL has developed a productive prototype version of a service management platform based on a standard ERP system interconnected with mobile solutions for older consumers and mobile apps for service providers.
CURAVIVA Schweiz (CURAVIVA) is made up of three departments (elderly and care homes, homes for adults with a disability, children’s and young people’s homes) and three business groups (services, education and finance/administration). CURAVIVA Schweiz has a total staff of around eighty people. In relation to the above three departments, we have 2.500 institutions throughout Switzerland, which are members of our organization (see www.curaviva.ch for further information), being more precisely approximately 1.500 are elderly and care homes (nearly 100% of which are CURAVIVA members) with approximately 90.000 residents living in these institutions and approximately 110.000 employees in these elderly and care homes. The Old Age Department, which is the research and development division for the sector of elderly and care homes, is significant in respect of the AAL program. Our team of six people is responsible for developing new and innovative services and projects for the benefit of our member homes. This happens mainly in the spheres of business management, gerontology, marketing, politics, and projects & development. They currently are participating in the project e-stockings of Call4.
Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT) is a non-profit broadcast and multimedia technology SME dedicated to research and development for the benefit of the general public. Established as a limited liability company, IRT is entirely and jointly owned by the Public Service Broadcasters of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (ARD, ZDF, DRadio, ORF and SRG/SSR). IRT sees its role as that of a technical advisor to broadcasters as well as a consulting body for industry. The institute collaborates with numerous clients in the broadcasting, media, communications-engineering and IT sectors, yet also with various research organizations and institutions of higher education. IRT strongly favors open technical standards and horizontal system markets. Consequently, IRT is heavily involved in the technical work of EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and is an active contributor to the relevant standardization bodies and initiatives. IRT has been directly involved in the specification of HbbTV from the very first minute on and has become a reputable and reliable technology provider for HbbTV solutions tailored to customer’s needs. As a founding member of HbbTV and one of the driving forces in the ETSI specification of HbbTV, IRT is now a key stakeholder in the evolving HbbTV business. IRT has a long-standing history in successful collaborative research projects, inter alia, in the FP7 ICT Work Programme as well as in the ICT PSP Programme. Currently, IRT is leading the scientific work in the FP7 project HBB-NEXT – related to further evolvements of the HbbTV standard. IRT’s extensive experience in the field of accessibility services (e.g., from the European project DTV4ALL) will also be of high value for the project.
Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH (EVISION) was founded by two computer science students of the Technical University of Dortmund in 1996. Evision has grown from a software startup to an established SME still based near the TU Dortmund. Today Evision provides software and system development services with a focus on mobile application and mobile communications. Evision has acquired profound expertise in fusion and collaboration of server based services, telecommunication and applications on mobile devices. So it has the ability to build up and operate more complex mobile solutions fully according to the customer needs, but Evision also focuses on solid graphical user interface design for its mobile applications. The in-house graphic design department ensures ease of use and ergonomics of desktop and mobile applications. Evision has nearly 15 years of experience in developing tailor made solutions for commercial customers. Moreover Evision took part in two national research and development projects (GÜTER and I-LOV) as an industrial development partner. Within these projects Evision had close and very successful collaborations with different universities and scientific institutes around Germany and gathered a lot of experience in developing solutions for non-industrial customers or end-users, like for example the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW).
Ingeniería y Soluciones Informáticas (ISOIN) is a Spanish SME working in Information Technology fields, with a deep experience and a highly qualified labour in ambient intelligence, mobile communication, collaborative work and system integration. The quality of our activities is certified according to the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2008 standard. Our competence areas include: Ambient Intelligence, Networking and communication, Software development, Multimodal interfaces, Training and consultancy, Research and Technology Development, Sustainable urban mobility, Collaborative networks of organizations and Organizations & processes optimization. ISOIN has been participating to a relevant number of research projects in National and European level, building a reference in research and innovation in our competences. Wellness Telecom specialization in R&D&i areas are based on horizontal ICT technologies applied to numerous action fields (health, environment, energy, telecommunications). ISOIN has broad experience in context-sensitive, personalized interfaces TV based tools for older adults which allow them to carry out everyday tasks. Within the ambient intelligence domain, ISOIN are developing cutting-edge services and devices that provide countless advantages in several fields, making use of the latest wireless technology, offering efficiency and wellbeing to users in both business and domestics’ environments. ISOIN has been involved in the following projects: Help on demand service delivering solutions through accessible smartphone applications (AAL-MobileSage), coordination of an AAL project developing an emotional-social network to improve travel and transport solutions (AAL-T&Tnet), Social interaction and adaptability for disabled people (FP7-MyUI), etc.
Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung Nürnberg e.V. (VMKN) has been dedicated to advancing and supporting individuals having physical and/or multiple disabilities since 1962. Currently our organization has over 500 members, about 600 staff members and 20 different facilities, which intensively advise and assist disabled individuals of all ages. Adults having physical and/or multiple disabilities have access to our assisted living programme, legal counselling services as well as our care-provider organization. Employment opportunities are furthermore offered in our IT-subsidiary or in our workshop, which introduces disabled individuals into the working world and encourages vocational training. The organization hopes to make a self-determined and independent lifestyle possible and we focus our efforts on assuring that inclusion in our society is lived on a daily basis.
We successfully joined INTERREG IV B Project „SENS“ (Seniors Network Support) as a project partner. This project aims at avoiding personal isolation when individuals leave their daily work routine and enter retirement. The development of a network is planned that links seniors, for example, by means of seminars and events as well as through an Internet platform. The goal is to establish networks, which generate contacts between individuals and promote joint leisure time activities. Seniors with and without disabilities are to be networked in order to encourage them to serve as volunteers pursuant to their talents. We have moreover repeatedly supported field tests in R&D projects and currently maintains staff with social-scientific qualifications in order to research user needs and to systematically evaluate field tests.
EURAG Österreich (EURAG) is a non-political, non-confessional, non-profit organisation representing the interests of older persons in 34 countries for more than 30 years and acting in a purely advisory capacity at the UN, the WHO and the European Community. The Austrian platform EURAG Austria acts accordingly. The focus of EURAG Austria is: Obtaining the life quality and the self determination of senior citizens; Maintaining a bridge between the generations; Empowering the older generation; Preventing discrimination of older persons. Achievements so far are Improving the image of older persons in the media in collaboration with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF); Providing a legal opportunity for complaints in the case of violation in the Media; Promoting health prevention (lectures and healthcare events for laymen); Introducing new technologies and special devices to seniors in order to ensure life quality and participation in society; Establishing opportunities for Lifelong Learning (English Club, Internet courses for senior citizens, Internetcafé).
EURAG Austria has broad experience in European projects that aim at combating age discrimination and promoting the physical and mental health of the older population to ensure quality of life in old age (e.g., AAL JP: STIMULATE, vAssist). EURAG has advisory status in the NGO Committee on Ageing of the United Nations and collaborates closely with universities and care institutions, federal and local governments and the media. Through the Academic Advisory Board EURAG Austria has access to research and the development of new strategies and technologies.