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.

Hello WAALTeR!

Rather at the beginning of our project we visited the predecessing AAL test regions in Burgenland and Salzburg respectively Tirol. We wanted to learn from them and exchange experiences.

On 5 July 2017 WAALTeR, one of the more recent regions, visited us. We could give a lot of practical information and lessons to our guests from Vienna and Lower Austria. Afterwards we could show the demo appartement at Geriatrische Gesundheitszentren der Stadt Graz. Topics in our discussion were:

  • Requirements and users,
  • technical components and systems,
  • trial planning and tools,
  • recruting and experiences with participants so far,
  • installation and rollout and
  • the demo appartement.

The participants from both projects were involved in very intense discussions. Due to that we “prolongued” our session from three to nearly four hours…

Photo: Karin Kienzl-Plochberger

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

Delivery of the equipment

At the end of April, the equipment for the test households was delivered and stored for the intensive phase of the installation and configuration in Graz.

The many tablets, smartwatches, cases, memory cards and smaller accessories now await in their safe storage, to be brought to the test houses (together with the automatic stove safety switch and the light installation) for the study phase.

For pre-tests and the training of the caregivers, some sets have already been completed and handed over.

Would you like to try out a set and help us answer some questions? Participation in the study 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.

Presentation of interim results

The course of action for evaluating the acceptance and influence of the proposed technologies as well as prototypes of the adapted products were shown to representatives of the national funding body and external evaluators.

RegionAAL project team
The project team after the successful demonstrations

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