Global Security Intelligence Awarded Contract for HAPPY AGEING Project

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Global Security Intelligence was awarded a contract as part of a consortium which is aimed at the development and validation of simple, accessible, and usable devices to improve the prevention and management of common chronic conditions in elderly people. The 7-member consortium is focused on ensuring that the elderly remain well-cared for when living independently.

Global Security Intelligence has been awarded a contract as part of a consortium which is aimed at the development and validation of simple, accessible, and usable devices to improve the prevention and management of common chronic conditions in elderly people. The 7-member consortium is focused on ensuring that the elderly remain well-cared for when living independently.

Project HAPPY AGEING (A Home Based Approach to the Years of Ageing) has several goals: to prevent the onset of chronic conditions where possible, and to manage such conditions when present, supporting independent living. The HAPPY AGEING project will have as its main outcome the development of a technology driven system which the elderly can easily utilize in their own homes, available at a reasonable cost. In order to achieve these goals, the project will examine ways to integrate existing sensors and technologies that are currently not yet or rarely applied in products aimed at elderly people.

Kush Wadhwa, Managing Director of GSI, stated, "this project is especially exciting for us, as there is a real opportunity to make a difference in the daily lives of elderly citizens, and to bring some practical, affordable technologies to the market in a short time frame."

The HAPPY AGEING project launched with the kickoff meeting on 23 April in formally launching the work of the consortium, which is slated to be completed over the course of the ensuing 24 months. As a part of the main project activities, elders from Hungary, Italy, and the Netherlands are participating by providing significant input to the design and planning for the system, at every stage. With this input, and broad market research on the Assistive Technology market, GSI will in particular focus upon issues related to supply and demand, helping to ensure that the developed systems will not only address real, everyday needs, but will be available to users at a cost that works within the constraints common to pensioners. GSI's research includes a comprehensive review of the markets for assistive technologies for the elderly, as well as analysis of survey data from elders across the pilot countries. The resulting technologies will ultimately address key needs of seniors wishing to live independently, providing options for lifestyle monitoring, navigation assistance, and personal reminder assistance.

About Global Security Intelligence Limited
Global Security Intelligence Limited (GSI) is a UK-based consultancy, with research efforts focused on technologies in the areas of security and independent living for the elderly and disabled. GSI's efforts in the area of independent living address the effective uses of ubiquitous, ambient technologies which enable ageing, disabled, or chronically ill individuals to live independent and socially active lives, including work with assistive technologies, innovative sensors and surveillance systems, telemedicine solutions, and robotics.

About HAPPY AGEING:
HAPPY AGEING (A Home Based Approach to the Years of Ageing) is a 24-month project, selected for funding under the European Ambient Assisted Living programme (http://www.aal-europe.eu), which aims to prevent the main limitations due to cognitive difficulties in the elderly, such as low vision or malnutrition and dehydration and to manage the individual needs of dietary control, safety and well-being. By integrating user friendly devices developed to be easily integrated into their daily lives, the elderly will be able to monitor many risk factors and live more safely and independently. In the UK, the HAPPY AGEING project is co-funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board (http://www.innovateuk.org). The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the United Kingdom Government. Its mission is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life.

The HAPPY AGEING consortium includes the project coordinator, Istituto Nazionale Di Riposo e Cura per Anziani V.E. II (IT), and project partners, Fundacio Privada Cetemmsa (ES), Speed Automazione Srl IT (IT), Global Security Intelligence (UK), AB.ACUS Srl (IT), the Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU), and the Association of Catholic Organizations of Senior Citizens (NL.)

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