AAL Alliance – Business Units

The Ambient Assisted Living Alliance AAL brings together a wide range of innovative key technologies. These are necessary in order to achieve our central aim: consistent system solutions for AAL and personal health which address the entire supply chain. Accordingly, the work of the Alliance focuses on numerous business areas.

Our Business Units

1. Assistive and Information Systems

IT solutions in AAL must meet special demands for usability, acceptance, and “invisibility.” This requires careful planning, development, and early evaluation.

Fraunhofer IDMT

ALIAS

The goal of the “ALIAS“ project is to develop a mobile, voice-controlled robot that assists older persons in everyday communication

Fraunhofer ISST

Daily Care Journal

Improvement of records on care and nursing through the use of the domestic setting as the primary and preferred location for healthcare delivery by care networks and for the documentation of medical, (pre-)nursing, and everyday services.

Fraunhofer IDMT

Hearing Assistance

The telecommunication system developed in the project improves speech quality and lowers the required hearing effort for persons with normal hearing or minor hearing loss

Fraunhofer IGD

ITA

The objective of the “ITA“ project is a study of the extent to which new ambient assisted living (AAL) technologies help people to better manage their everyday lives.

Fraunhofer IDMT

KNOTS

Mobile documentation and information platform for both professional and informal caregivers.

Fraunhofer IDMT

PareSense

Sound-based control of building services, security technology, and multimedia devices for persons with speech impairments.

Fraunhofer ISST

WohnSelbst

Technological support in the preventive and therapeutic monitoring of patients’ state of health by means of CHA-compliant vital-parameter sensors in the domestic environment.

2. Personal Health Systems

Here, there is a special focus on the use of portable, miniaturized medical technology devices for telemonitoring. These constitute the transition to individualized medical prevention, diagnostics, therapy, and care.

Fraunhofer IPMS

SmartVital

This project pursues the improved mobility of, and the simultaneous minimization of risk to, cardiovascular patients. It additionally involves a comprehensive clinical evaluation of the system under development.

Fraunhofer IPMS

well.com.e

The inclusion of persons in a “community” is intended to motivate the members to improve their state of health. The project is developing a platform for this purpose and testing it on cardiovascular patients.

3. User Acceptance and Accessibility

Acceptance by end users is essential for the success of a product. Among the most important requirements is, for example, the product’s accessibility for patients.

EU-IST FP 7 Project

VAALID

The EU-IST FP 7 project “VAALID“ developed new tools and methodologies which facilitate the process of the design, construction, and application of AAL scenarios.

4. Usability Engineering

Good operability of interactive products is achieved through a continual integration of usability methods.

Fraunhofer IESE, IAO, IIS

OASIS

The goal of “OASIS“ is the development of an open reference architecture which supports cooperation and interconnections between new and existing services for older persons in the areas of independent living, autonomous mobility, and intelligent work environments.

Quality of Life for Elderly

 

5. Multimodal User Interfaces

In intelligent environments, multimodal interactive tools such as voice and gesture recognition allow a simple, intuitive manner of speaking that is similar to human communication.

Fraunhofer FOKUS

MyREHAB

A telemedically assisted therapy and training environment which supports patients in properly carrying out rehabilitation exercises at home and when on the move.

Fraunhofer IGD

PERSONA

Intelligent environments can help older persons manage everyday activities. The Fraunhofer IGD leads the architectural platform specification and realizes intelligent middleware that makes this possible.

Fraunhofer IGD

universAAL

The objective of the “universAAL“ project is to create an open AAL platform as a basis for the development of AAL solutions that are at once technologically innovative and economically competitive.

Fraunhofer IGD, IIS

V2me

Social isolation is an increasing problem in modern societies. “V2me“ develops intelligent software systems designed to help their users to avoid becoming isolated and to find new, actual social contacts.

EU-IST FP 7 Project

VAALID

The EU-IST FP 7 project “VAALID“ developed new tools and methodologies which facilitate the process of the design, construction, and application of AAL scenarios.

6. Robotics for Service and Assistance

Service and assistance robots hold the potential to support persons in need of help and relieve caregivers in the everyday context. In close coordination with the users, new service robot systems are developed, and services and processes are adapted for the use of robots and tested in practice.

Fraunhofer IPA

ACCOMPANY

Complex service robots are being designed to enable us to live longer, autonomous lives at home, and to relieve us of everyday tasks. Along with purely mechanical help, these “companions” will in the future also provide cognitive support, interacting with the user in a socially sensitive and empathetic manner.

Fraunhofer IDMT

ALIAS

The objective of the “ALIAS“ project is the development of a mobile robot system for older users, to support them in daily life and promote their communication and social integration.

Fraunhofer IPA

CIN-Reha

The goal was to develop a mobile therapy robot to assist patients in learning to walk again, e. g., after a stroke or other health event.

Fraunhofer IPA

EFFIROB

The Fraunhofer Institutes IPA and ISI were commissioned by the BMBF to develop new types of applications in service robotics and analyze their technical and economic value.

Fraunhofer IPA

Elevon

“Elevon“ is a semiautonomous lifter conceived and developed at the Fraunhofer IPA for lifting and repositioning persons.

Fraunhofer IPA

MobiNa

“MobiNa“ is a mobile robot developed at Fraunhofer IPA that can be used as a communication platform in an emergency, e. g., in the case of a person falling.

Fraunhofer IPA

SRS

The aim of the “SRS“ project is to develop and test a teleoperated, semiautonomous service robot that is able to support older persons in domestic environments.

Fraunhofer IPA

TECH4P

The project objective of “Tech4P“ consists in the development of strategies for the support of personal services through the application of modern technologies.

Fraunhofer IPA

WiMi-Care

The goal of the collaborative project “WiMi-Care“ was the need-based development, production, and marketing of service robots in health and elder care.

7. Vital and Environmental Sensors

Here, tailor-made systems are developed for the gathering of vital data (e. g., ECG, blood oxygen, blood pressure), human behavior (e. g., movement, activity, emergencies), and environmental parameters (e. g., temperature, operating state of devices, etc.).

Fraunhofer IGD

CCE

The “CCE“ project is designed to develop solutions suited for senior dementia patients in the domestic environment, with the involvement of experts and user groups.

MyRehab

A telemedically assisted therapy and training environment which supports patients in properly carrying out rehabilitation exercises at home and when on the move.

Fraunhofer IPA

sens@home

The goal of the “sens@home“ project was the development of a sensor system for emergency detection in domestic environments, with a focus on the detection of falls and inactivity.

Fraunhofer FOKUS

SmartSenior

“SmartSenior“ addresses seniors’ ability to live independently. It aims to support older persons in economic, health, and social terms, thus enabling them to stay in their accustomed living environment.

Fraunhofer IPMS

SmartVital

This project centers on the improvement of the mobility of, and simultaneous risk minimization for, cardiovascular patients. It additionally involves a comprehensive clinical evaluation of the system under development.

8. - 10. Business Units Model-based Event Detection, Model-based Event Detection, Localization and Navigation

8. Model-based Event Detection

The reliable detection of emergency situations and recognition of typical everyday activities is a prerequisite for individualized assistance.

9. Miniaturization and Integration

To achieve acceptance of AAL systems, it is important that they be unobtrusively embedded in their users’ living situation. At the forefront of developments in this area is the miniaturization of complex systems in everyday objects.

10. Localization and Navigation

The localization of persons and the integration of the ascertained coordinates into the developed solutions lead to new and improved services. The ability to navigate in unfamiliar buildings is also helpful.

11. Infrastructures and Interoperability

The development of methods and interfaces for the realization of interoperable AAL infrastructures and components is one of the core objectives of the alliance and an essential precondition for the successful introduction of AAL systems.

Fraunhofer IGD

PERSONA

Intelligent environments can help older persons manage everyday activities. The Fraunhofer IGD leads the architectural platform specification and realizes intelligent middleware that makes this possible.

Fraunhofer IGD

RAALI

“Roadmap AAL Interoperability“ (“RAALI“) is a collaborative project funded by the BMBF. It develops concepts that enable or facilitate the realization of interoperable AAL systems and system components.

Fraunhofer ISST

StaDiWaMi

Development of DIN specifications for the provision of mutually coordinated, assisted-living services for the entire supply chain with their technological, organizational, and business management interfaces.

 

 

Fraunhofer IGD

universAAL

The objective of the “universAAL“ project is to create an open AAL platform as a basis for the development of AAL solutions that are at once technologically innovative and economically competitive.

12. Business Models for AAL

Launching the developed products on the market requires that business models be conceived for the entire supply chain, with the involvement of all market players.

Fraunhofer ISST

ehealth@home

Identification, evaluation, design, and implementation of telemedical services for older persons on the basis of new business models, and at a new level of quality.

Fraunhofer IAO

FESTIVAL

Development of a “tool kit” of methods including the engagement of volunteers, local supply, and AAL technologies for enhancing quality of life and independence in old age.

Fraunhofer IAO

lifescience.biz

The “lifescience.biz“ project combines new technical possibilities, market and customer requirements, and innovative business models.

Fraunhofer IAO

Pflege 2020

Development of innovative service and technology concepts to ensure individualized and need-based care.