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Learning from European neighbours

On invitation of the Styrian Humane Technology Cluster, a delegation from Saxony-Anhalt with around 20 delegates visited the Geriatric Health Centres of the City of Graz (GGZ) on June 27 to exchange ideas on “Active and Healthy Aging” in order to “learn from European neighbours “. A deeper cooperation with the Styrian AHA reference region is foreseen for the future. Representatives from business and science of the health sector of Saxony-Anhalt were led by Digital State Secretary Thomas Wünsch.

Some Styrian initiatives were presented – including the RegionAAL project. Following the presentation, several topics were discussed, like composition of the group of participants, the products in use for the pilot and continuation after the project end. The event ended with a visit to the model apartment at the Albert Schweitzer Training Centre of the GGZ.

ANDA Nursing Symposium 2018

Our project RegionAAL was presented at the Nursing Symposium 2018 of the Austrian Nurse Directors Association (ANDA). The symposium took place from 6 to 8 June 2018 in beautiful St. Veit im Pongau. The ANDA working group deals with current questions and developments in nursing management and supports the establishment of a communication network between nursing experts in Europe.

The latest scientific and practical findings on the main topic “Nursing Management 4.0: Big Data – Robotic – Digitization: Fiction and Reality!” were presented by internationally renowned speakers and deepened in workshops with the participants. The health, safety and communication assistance technologies deployed in RegionAAL were presented and demonstrated in workshop 2 on “Technological support for intra- and extra-mural care”, which was held four times due to keen interest.

First model apartment presented

The Geriatric Health Centres of the City of Graz opened the first training centre for family carers in Styria (“Albert Schweitzer Trainingszentrum”). The mayor of Graz – Siegfried Nagl – was also present at the opening ceremony.

The guests at the event on 1 March 2018 showed great interest both in future courses on nursing activities by relatives and in the possibilities of the supporting technologies in our model apartment, which is also located in the training centre.

10th Forum Media Technology

© FH St. Pölten

Kerstin Löffler and Kurt Majcen submitted a paper about our project RegionAAL for the category “Ambient Assisted Living and Digital Healthcare” within 10th Forum Media Technology at FH-St. Pölten.

The paper was presented on 30 November 2017. It was well received by many people as self-determined ageing in dignity is becoming more and more important to many people in our society.

Monthly informal meetings

After the successful start of the tests in the households in Graz, Leibnitz and Deutschlandsberg, our participants exchange information on the various technical devices during monthly meetings. In the cozy setting with coffee and cake, the project staff clarifies open questions and discusses individual applications. Through this regular exchange with the participants, we get a lot of helpful input for the further course of our project.

The next meeting for Graz will take place on 28.11.2017 at “Tageszentrum Robert Stolz” in  Theodor-Körner-Straße 67, 8010 Graz.

We look forward to it!

AAL Forum 2017

This year’s AAL Forum took place in Coimbra (Portugal) from 2 to 4 October. A series of interactive workshops were offered in the forum programme. The Austrian AAL regions organized one of the Workshops (“Pilot studies as enabler for the market introduction of AAL Solutions”) which dealt with a number of aspects that are important when preparing and performing a pilot region with a field trial.

Three regions were participating in the workshop. The Styrian region RegionAAL presented “Which (AAL) technologies to choose / to use?”, Smart VitAALity from Carinthia told about “Boundaries for planning pilot studies” and West-AAL from Tyrol and Vorarlberg showed “Study results as basis for follow-up activities”. In addition the study EvAALuation provided “Indicators for evaluating the impact of AAL solutions”. The second part of the workshop was dedicated to an interesting fishbowl discussion. Specific questions raised in the presentations were discussed with the audience to get a picture into which directions AAL test regions may head in the future.

eHealth Summit Austria 2017

group photo
Photo: Markus Garschall

The six Austrian AAL test regions organized a workshop at the eHealth Summit Austria 2017. The workshop with title „Assistive solutions put into practice – Experiences from the Austrian AAL pilot regions“ had two sessions (as extracted from the programme):

  • Presentation of the region projects with their lessons learnt
    WAALTeR: Planning phase – Challenges related to preparing the project proposal
    Smart VitAALity: Planning phase – Boundaries for planning pilot studies
    RegionAAL: Requirements specification and system design – involvement of users
    ZentrAAL: Pilot study – Preparation, organization and implementation
    moduLAAr: Pilot study – Technological and organizational challenges in the field
    West-AAL: Pilot study – Study results as basis for follow-up activities
Fishbowl explanation on slide
Photo: Julia Sauskojus
  • open discussion in a fishbowl like style
    Which criteria play a crucial role for successfully implementing and deploying AAL and similar solutions? (from legal and ethical viewpoint, from a user perspective, from a technical viewpoint, from an organizational and financial viewpoint)
    Can experiences and best practices be transferred? (to other national and international pilot regions, to similar pilot projects in the health sector)

Maria Fellner (JOANNEUM RESEARCH / DIGITAL) represented RegionAAL.

KroneFIT 2017 – RegionAAL represented at the health fair

“Premiere für die Gesundheitsmesse KroneFit: Gemeinsam mit dem Land Steiermark, dem Steirischen Hochschulraum, der Medizinischen Universität Graz und zahlreichen Partnern des Gesundheitswesens veranstaltet die Kronenzeitung Steiermark erstmals die Gesundheitsmesse KroneFit am 5. und 6. Mai 2017 in der Halle A auf der Grazer Messe.
[…]
Besonders spannend ist das Projekt „Active & Assisted Living” (AAL) der Forschungsgesellschaft JOANNEUM RESEARCH. Mit Hilfe intelligenter Technologien und Lösungen hilft AAL dabei, die Hindernisse und Mängel, die für ältere Menschen das Wohnen daheim schwierig machen zu überwinden und den Alltag zu Hause einfacher und sicherer zu gestalten. Dazu wurde mit „RegionAAL” eine in der Steiermark einzigartige Testregion für diese Technologien geschaffen, für die insgesamt 240 Haushalte in Graz, Deutschlandsberg und Leibnitz gesucht werden, die an diesem Versuch kostenlos teilnehmen möchten.”
(Homepage der Messe Graz, no English text available)

The project RegionAAL as well as the project partners were represented with stands and lectures and brought the ideas and projects closer to the interested audience. Perhaps it was even possible to win new participants for the large field trial.

Would you like to join our study and test the RegionAAL system? Participation in the trial is completely free! If you are interested, please contact

25 year anniversary with 5th annual fair

Project partner Elektrotechnik Resch commits the 25th anniversary in 2017 and invited to the 5th “Hausmesse” (open house), where the extensive product and service portfolio was presented to approximately 100 interested guests.

Resch Hausmesse 2017
5th “Hausmesse”, March 31 2017

The presentation of the company with its wide range of services (electrical engineering and installations, energy and photovoltaics, security technology, computer and network technology, lighting technology, specialist trade and service as well as MIELE cooking demonstrations called “Abende der Sinne”) , was followed by a presentation of the project RegionAAL, as well as a tribute to long-term employees.

AAL Forum 2016

Coordinator Kurt Majcen has organized and chaired the workshop “How can regions get AAL operational?” for the AAL Forum 2016 in St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Introductory presentations “The need(s) of private care companies (SME) – what are their expectations on AAL?” (Mike Dorst, Dorst en partners), “Experiences from an AAL technology provider – Barriers and Success Factors to market entrance” (Raquel Sousa, IncreaseTime) , “How can pilots be of help?” (Lukas Roedl, AIT) and “Experiences from the AAL Pilot Region Salzburg” (Cornelia Schneider, Salzburg Research) were followed by  discussions modeled after World Café principles. About 20 participants worked on the questions below and concluded with some answers:

  • Is it still a matter of technology? What is missing?
    • there is no good overview on a quite large number of interesting offers
    • usability is often still an issue when approaching market
    • integrated solutions are necessary
    • clients would like to see personalized solutions based on their real needs
  • How can (economically driven) bottom-up approaches look like? What are the stimulators?
    • evidence regarding functionality and efficacy is required by care organisations
    • end users expect reliable solutions
    • single points of contact are necessary on regional level for achieving information
    • SME want to be involved from the very beginning of projects
  • How can we achieve representative samples in piloting projects and who is going to pay for that?
    • the aim of pilots or test regions would be more statistical relevance than representativeness
    • research questions determine the number of required test persons or households (30, 50, 70, 100…)
    • funded AAL research projects can be more concerned with qualitative assessments; quantitative aspects are an interest of companies, as they want to make business with the products and services later on