T-Seniority Pilots

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Pilot testing has been arranged at the different sites of the partners in order to prove concepts, applications, services, devices and technologies as well as to gather continuous feedback from users. The success of T-Seniority as specified in the initial objectives will be assessed with real users in long term test beds, after an initial stage of technical validation.

 

Seven test sites have been established in the partners locations: Spain (Soria and Girona), Italy (Toscana), Greece (Thessaloniki and Athens), UK (Kirklees, West Yorkshire), Finland (Tampere), France (Region PACA and Lorraine) and Cyprus. Partners are very excited with the trials particularly as all of them are commited to the deployment of services in order to minimise the digital divide.

 

T-Seniority will be set-up in the daily living environment of elderly users for supporting their personal autonomy, using as main mean the TV channel. This daily living environment will include home environment but also will create a closer relation with carers (formal and informal) with support applications and services under the categories of: Daily Life activities, Social Integration; Protected and supported living and Mobility.


Description of scenarios

Spanish Pilot Case Description

More than 85% of Spanish population have access to Interactive TV solutions, normally via DTT (aprox. 20% penetration as of May 2007) but mainly without return channel (no interactivity at all) or low level of interactivity (6%). Big cities have gained important access to interactive services via IPTV, whilst many homes are using IPHN devices even without knowing that high interactive services could be accessed throughout these devices.

Spanish Pilot Scenarios:

DTT: broadcasted across the National territory by Antena 3 TV.

IPHN: 3 towns of Girona province of Catalonia; high % of older people, a very committed PA, free WIMAX coverage in the rural areas.

 

Kind of services to be subject of trial:

DTT:General and Public Care e-Services: all deployed - Personalised Care e-Services: TV Assistance

IPNH:General and Public Care e-Services: all deployed - Personalised Care e-Services: TV Assistance; Communication; Tele-monitoring

 

Italian Pilot Case Description

The region of Tuscany has a population of 3,528,225 inhabitants with population density of 153 in./km², lower than the national average. Among the 248 classified European “regions”. Tuscany is ranked 30th with 0.78% of the population of the 25 state European Union states. The birth rate is also low with the current demographic growth rate standing at minus 0.3 / 1000 resulting in a rapidly aging population throughout the region.

The Regione Toscana is the authority responsible for the representation of the regional territory as a whole. The most outstanding feature of R&D in Tuscany is high rate of public investment – around 70% of the total amount - compared to the low level of private investment – around 30%.

Italian Pilot Scenarios:

DTT: 35 towns of Tuscany territory, involving high populated city, rural areas and mountain communities.

Kind of services to be subject of trial

DTT: General/Public Care e-Services: all deployed - Personalised Care e-Services: enhanced information about primary-care, availability of care structures, opening hours, etc.; booking for care visits in daily centres, transport, cooking, walks, etc.; monitoring of health care parameters and management of alerts and emergencies.

Greek Pilot Case Description


Leaded by Altec, the Greek partners will deploy the T-Seniority service in the two most populated areas of Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki) by mainly using the IPHN channel and infrastructure. The aim is to deliver a compelling mix of new services through IPHN TV channel putting the focus in the user’s needs and preferences. The partnership with Theotokos Foundation and Prefecture Thessaloniki will guarantee to reach this objective.


Greek Pilot Scenarios:

IPHN: Around 1,3M people are living in the Prefecture of Thessaloniki, with around 10% of people without access to Internet through a PC. Older people and info-marginated people living in the region will be involved in the use of T-Seniority across TV channels.
In Athens a wide range of services for people with disabilities will be offered, which will be accessed at home.

Kind of services to be subject of trial:

IPHN: General/Public Care e-Services: all deployed - Personalised Care e-Services: TV Assistance; Communication; Tele-monitoring


UK Pilot Case Description

Kirklees sits south west of Leeds and combines a mix of urban centres (Huddersfield, Dewsbury) along with a significant rural population. With a total population estimated of about 400,000, Kirklees Council faces a wide range of practical and financial challenges to provide quality health services in conjunction with their local health partners. By providing home-based care services the intention is to help older people to remain at home for longer. Finding innovative and cost effective solutions as the ones T-Seniority offers is a must.


UK Pilot Scenario:


DigiTV maintains an interactive service on Sky, NTL (service branded Virgin TV but using the NTL interactive interface) and Telewest. DigiTV serves currently 80 local authority areas and national services, with the addition of T-Seniority there is an opportunity tio be adopted by existing members.

Mixed of rural and urban scenarios across the Kirklees area.
IPTV: impacted users 70,000; 100 households taking active part in the trial.

 

Kind of services to be subject of trial

Services to be tested will deal with both informative service (limited interactivity) and interactive personalised services which will foster social inclusion and support to disadvantaged people. With a growing level of interactivity through return channel, independent living will be fostered through:

  • Technical capability to integrate with any back-end or third party database/system; Interest from Telecare providers in service delivery and assessment; Capability to provide secure, personal records based on individual IDs and pin codes; Booking for care visits in daily centres, transport, cooking, walks, etc.; Enhanced information about primary-care, availability of care structures, opening hours, etc.; Monitoring of heath care parameters and management of alerts and emergencies.

 


French Pilot Case Description

The French provision of services to the core "older" audience is one of the most structured in Europe, due to great emphasis from the French government and a strong involvement of professional organisations such as the FNAQPA (Fédération Nationale Avenir et Qualité de vie des personnes âgées). TV channels are a powerful way of reaching the elderly and give the opportunity to offer new ways to give them a better living. FNAQPA, as a major organization in this field in France, aims to demostrate the capabilities of integrating T-Seniority platform to adequately provide both Public and Personalised Care e-Services on IPHN.

French Pilot Scenarios:

IPHN: French regions Provence-Alpe-Côte d'Azur and Lorraine have been chosen: FNAQPA has 55 members in these regions, representing 15.000 elderly people with very different population profiles, allowing T-Seniority to be tested in as many social cases as possible.

 

Kind of services to be subject of trial:

Services to be tested will deal with both informative service (limited interactivity) and interactive personalised services to foster social inclusion and support to disadvantaged people. With a growing level of interactivity through a return channel, an independent living will be fostered through: Enhanced information about primary-care, availability of care structures, opening hours, etc.; Booking for care visits in daily centres, transport, cooking, walks, etc.; Management of alerts thanks to the integration of T-Seniority's mobile alert capabilities.

 


Cypriot Pilot Case Description

In Cyprus, the tiny island nation in the Mediterranean sea, policy makers and the general public came together to develop a unique model for their greying population. Although families are extremely close-knit and support their older parents, this may not be always the case and in future generations patterns of care for the elderly will change. Programs which involve the community and the local government have been launched. There being very little mobility in Cyprus, people realise that most of them will live their life in the community where they are born. Thus, the entire community is building old age homes for residents of their community. Since younger people realize that one day they will be living in these same homes, they ensure that they are well-maintained and well-run. Everyone contributes to building these homes and also caring for the elderly and visiting them regularly so that the older people do not feel isolated. The older people, having lived in this community all their lives, do not feel removed from their roots and can walk around in familiar surroundings. However, the Cypriot demography is changing: 788,457 (July 2007 est.), where 65 years and over represent 11.8% (male 40,458 / female 52,238).

 

Cypriot Pilot Scenarios:

IPTV: Cyprus will have more than 50.000 IPTV users from a total of 0,8 Million of population in 2010. Interactive services on interactive TV are still underdeveloped and T-Seniority and its set of Care e-Services represents a good chance to start changing this trend, specially for the older generations.

 

Kind of services to be subject of trial:

IPTV: General/Public Care e-Services: all deployed - Personalised Care e-Services: TV Assistance; Communication; Tele-monitoring

 

Finland Pilot Case Description

Tampere is the third largest city in Finland with its 206 000 inhabitants. Central government and the municipalities are the two main players in the organization of welfare services in Finland. The aim of the Finnish Tampere case is to develop an evaluated system of multi-channel interactive services for elderly people to support their living and staying at home. The target group of the case is especially the elderly people who are transferred home from the hospital rather than institutional care.

 

Finland Pilot Scenarios:

IPHN: interactive TV (and mobile and abroad). The idea behind the Finnish pilot is to provide security, health care, community services, social networks, new activities and contacts to senior citizens. All the services are based on communication including video & voice. The services are provided on cross-platform bases, e.g. IPHN, cable TV-solution, ADSL (broadband), mobile PC, video phones and/or care conferencing and the connections are secured and the users identified.

 

Kind of services to be subject of trial:

Services to be created and tested will deal with both informative service (limited interactivity) and interactive personalised services. The content of the client-centred standard of activity is developed by the participatory process of the formal project partners, local informal elderly organisations and elderly people themselves. Informative services are e.g. services for elderly people provided by city of Tampere or by third sector NGOs. As well as sharing general information of health care and wellbeing. Local care TV produces tailor-made programmes for the differing needs of elderly people. Interactive services include e.g. contacts with medical and health care specialists, relatives and friends, social networks and commercial services, such as bank and stores.