IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
Project acronym: Co-LIVING
Partners (11): Orbis Medical & Care Group (NL), Philips Electronics Nederland BV (NL), University of Cyprus (CY), SINTEF ICT (NO), Instituto Pedro Nunes Associacao Para A Inovacao E Desenvolvimento Em Ciencia E Technologia (PT), Inovamais SA, (PT), Citard Services Ltd (CY), Andago Ingenieria SL (ES), Trondheim municipality (NO).
Project coordinator: Roy Beumers, Orbis Medical & Care Group, (NL)
Project manager Norway: Anders Kofod-Petersen, SINTEF ICT
Primary objective: Developed an ICT-based Virtual Collaborative Social Living Community for Elderly people (Co-LIVING), aiming to stimulate and prolong their independent and active life and participation in society through advancing their social interaction and thus contribute to their well-being.
Project summary - Norwegian participation: The Norwegian partners participate in 6 of the project's 7 work packages.
Co-LIVING is based on an innovative Social Community network (SoCo-net); integrating different mobile wireless ICT based services addressing the elderly social interaction context categories of Care & Wellness, Guidance and Mobility monitoring.
Co-LIVING target group is the large number of elderly people in good health or with light physical or psychological problems, who are self-supporting, able to move around, and able to contribute actively in society. They find pleasure in getting help or stimulation to be active in society. The aim of choosing the specific target group is to prevent, or reduce the risk, that people get confined to their home as they get older - for a variety of accumulated reasons (physical, psychological, psycho-social and cultural).
Two use cases, where elderly people can live with the greatest possible independence and activity, are considered in the Co-LIVING project:1) a Living Village, and 2) the (physical) neighbourhood of their home environment in a local community. Two pilots, in the Netherlands and Norway, representing the two different use cases, will be carried out, in which the Co-LIVING solution will be assessed and validated by considering its social, economical and psychological dimensions.
Project period: October 2010 - October 2013
Further information/website: http://www.project-coliving.eu
National grant programme - Norway: IT Funk (ICT for disabled and elderly), with additional support from EU via the AAL Joint Programme.
This document was first published 01.09.2010, and updated 01.10.2012.