Global Security Intelligence Awarded Contract for BRAID

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Global Security Intelligence Limited has been awarded a contract as part of the BRAID consortium, whose work is aimed at defining a comprehensive research and technology development (RTD) roadmap for active ageing by consolidating existing roadmaps and by describing and launching a stakeholder co-ordination and consultation mechanism. The 9-member consortium is focused on supporting the well-being and socio-economic integration of the increasing numbers of elderly in Europe.

Global Security Intelligence Limited (GSI) was awarded a contract for the project BRAID (Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development), a two-year Support Action funded by the European Commission under the FP7 programme. BRAID will identify key research challenges and produce a vision for a comprehensive approach in supporting the well-being and socio-economic integration of the increasing numbers of senior citizens in Europe.

The comprehensive roadmap defined by project BRAID has as its key goals to delineate a common strategic vision based on EU policy, to establish a strategic research agenda to consolidate and reinforce EU leadership in ICT and ageing, and to describe and launch a self-sustaining co-ordination mechanism for the engagement of stakeholders. As a whole, the process will involve active consensus-building and involvement in the definition, implementation and continuous improvement of RTD strategies and policies regarding the elderly.

Kush Wadhwa, Managing Director of GSI stated that “we are keen to advance the work we have been doing in this area – mapping a way forward for the development of ICT for the elderly in a manner that respects the needs and fundamental rights of the individual. GSI brings perspectives gained from our work with technology and e-Inclusion, which was the focus of the SENIOR project (, and we look forward to working with others in this team who have each taken different perspectives in examining issues related to ICT for the elderly.”

The BRAID project was launched last week with internal coordination meetings of the partners in Brussels, which included representatives of the European Commission and the project partners. Benjamin Knapp, Project Coordinator, from Queen’s University (UK), observed that “BRAID is a truly unique EU Support Action, bringing together the coordinators and key members of the four EU FP7 roadmapping projects focusing on the future of ICT and ageing. The name BRAID emphasizes the importance of weaving together the unique contributions of these four projects to create a coordinated roadmap and strategic agenda for the EU that accommodates the needs and opinions of all stakeholders.”

The BRAID project will feature an extensive effort at stakeholder engagement and in connection with that effort will conduct a number of workshop events. The project is expected to culminate in a constitutional conference where stakeholders will be presented with a proposed co-ordination mechanism and the integrated roadmap.

About Global Security Intelligence
Global Security Intelligence (GSI) is a London-based research consultancy, which performs integrative research for secure and autonomous living, taking an holistic approach to understanding how current and emerging technologies impact individuals, organisations, and governments. GSI is focused upon addressing 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. GSI’s work ranges from policy-level initiatives to practical deployment projects.

About the BRAID Project
BRAID (Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development) is a two-year project beginning in March 2010, co-funded under the FP7 Programme. The BRAID consortium includes the project coordinator, Queen’s University (UK), and project partners, CSSC (IT), Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology (UK), Global Security Intelligence (UK), Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias (PT), Trilateral Research & Consulting (UK), University of Tasmania (AU), Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL), and VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik Gmbh (DE).


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