At the recent AgeingFit conference, held on February 6th and 7th in Nice (France), PROGRESSIVE partners Diane Whitehouse of the European Health Telematics Association and Frederic Lievens of the Telehealth Quality Group, together with Arnaud Senn from the European Commission and Lucas Perez of Health My Project, discussed how existing and future standards and legislation will shape the healthy ageing market. From some of the introductory remarks during this conference session,…

On 10 January, the Commission held a first orientation debate on the next Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union (MFF) and launched a series of public consultations on the priorities of the EU that should be reflected in the next MFF. This follows the publication of the Commission reflection paper on the future of EU finances on 28 June 2017 and of the Commission White Paper on the future of…

Ageing being one of the societal challenges tackled by European standardisation, AGE Platform Europe, partner in the PROGRESSIVE project, was offered the opportunity to present the project on the occasion of the Multi Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation (MSP-ICT) that gathered in December ‘17 at the European Commission premises in Brussels. The MSP ICT is an advisory expert group of which AGE Platform Europe is a member. The Platform was set…

Smart homes that really are age-friendly and how these homes can be supported by standards is one of the core fields investigated by the PROGRESSIVE project. In December ‘17, AGE Platform Europe, partner in the PROGRESSIVE project, was invited to present the PROGRESSIVE work around smart housing at the working meeting of the Sector Forum on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SF-SSCC). The meeting took place in the European Committee…

Following Estonia, Bulgaria is having the EU Presidency for six months as of 1st January 2018. The Digital Single Market remains very high in their priorities with the objective to create a clear and simplified legal environment while ensuring a high level of user protection. Under the auspices of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministers of the 28 EU countries signed and released on 6th…

An interesting example of networked living in the neighborhood was demonstrated in Germany, in the middle of this decade: www.vernetztes-wohnen-hh.de. Called VWiQ, the initiative took place in the city of Hamburg where sixty thousand citizens in the city already need some form of assistance or nursing care. VWiQ provides an appropriate “use case” within PROGRESSIVE wider work on use cases (see “Using use cases to understand how ICT can support AHA”). The…

The European Commission report covers different standardisation initiatives such as the Joint Initiative on Standardisation or the Communication on ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market. Besides these policy elements, the report aims to support the inter-institutional dialogue already envisaged in the Communication. Back in June 2016, the European Commission made a move towards greater links between EU policies, projects and standardisation activities through its Communication “European standards for the…

What does it mean to have smart homes that are age-friendly? What standards and approaches around ICT for AHA in the context of smart homes exist? How can standards help and what standards do we need to make smart homes more age-friendly? These are some of the questions that will be considered within the PROGRESSIVE project in the upcoming months in work dealing with the development of guidelines for age-friendly smart…

Why do we need a guideline to develop standards around ICT for age-friendly communities? The standardisation process has become an important part of ICT product and service development, with potentially a great impact on everyday life and improving the way we communicate and live. ICT products and services are all around us but they often seem to be inaccessible to older people whom, as much as younger people, are their major…

Standards for ICT products, services and technologies that support active and healthy ageing (AHA) can contribute to better usability, quality and safety of those products and services, as well as to reproducibility and economic sustainability due to scaling effects and cost efficiencies. Usable and accessible products, services and environments will be used by people of all ages so economies of scale can be attained. It follows that a clear ethical balance…

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