T-SENIORITY Partners

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The T-Seniority Consortium is a balanced and experienced with the capacity and insight necessary to successfully carry out this ambitious and innovative project. The T-Seniority Consortium involves 14 partners from 7 different countries of Europe, namely:

 

IDI EIKON; IMPULSA TDT; EURONA; REGIONE TOSCANA; UNIVERSITY OF SIENA; ALTEC; PREFECTURAL AUTHORITY OF THESSALONIKI; THEOTOKOS FOUNDATION; DIGITV; FNAQPA; PRIMETEL; e-ISOTIS; MEDINEUVO; CITY OF TAMPERE.



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Investigación y Desarrollo Informático, EIKON, SL (IDI) - Spain

A software house established in 1989 and based in Valencia, Spain, IDI EIKON is a Services Provider Company in the areas of Telecommunication and the Internet. Its core business is the development of advanced IT and Internet-based technologies for specialist markets.

 

The company has a long and sound tradition of participation in public-funded, mostly European, RTD-projects, and eTEN projects in most of which it has acted as coordinator or exploitation manager.

 

IDI EIKON is thoroughly involved in innovation management by focusing on the organization’s mission, searching for unique opportunities, determining whether they fit the organization’s strategic direction, defining the measures for success, and continually reassessing opportunities.

 

IDI EIKON practices the idea that knowledge generates not just in universities and research centres, but also in a very wide variety of locations within the economy, and notably as a product (learning-by-doing) or of consumption (learning-by-using). We know from inside the difficulty of translating knowledge into innovative products or services, and turning such products or services into profitable business.

 

Although neither a Consultancy nor a policy maker, they consider themselves developers and promoters of innovation. Corporate R&D has become an integral part of its organizational culture of innovation. From an internal perspective, innovation in IDI EIKON is driven by:

  • Senior management responsible that devotes time to investigate the future and to understand the needs of the marketplace, the resources at their disposal and the competitive business environment.
  • Working environments that encourage creative solutions.
  • Strong support for joint ventures and collaborative efforts that develop and commercialize innovative solutions.
  • Good project management for the identification, development and commercialization of innovations.

 

From an external perspective, IDI EIKON can be considered a KIO, a knowledge intensive organization, since building knowledge is its primary value-adding process.

 

In the T-Seniority project, IDI EIKON acts as General Coordinator, Technical Manager and Technical Provider of the solution that contributes to the project as pre-existent IPRs.
Coordination of customisation and deployment activities; preparation and “mise en scène” of the pilots, participation in National and International events; Initial Deployment Validation Management; and closed collaboration with the Exploitation Manager, are its main tasks, although this partner intervenes in all the workpackages, from beginning to end.

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Impulsa TDT (IMPULSA) - Spain


Impulsa TDT is the commercial Association for the Deployment and Development of the Digital Terrestrial Television in Spain. It was created at the end of 2005 by national and autonomic tv broadcasters and the main broadcaster network operator with the aim of promoting the digital terrestrial television in Spain. Impulsa works in direct and permanent communication with the State Administration as well as with all the Public Administrations at regional and local level.

 

On June 7th 2006, Impulsa TDT signed an agreement with the Ministry of Industry, covering all the national territory, to the object of establishing a framework to allow the performance of jointly or/and coordinated actuations to push DTT in Spain.

 

Members of Impulsa TDT are: all the digital terrestrial television broadcasters with national coverage, FORTA (Federation of Regional Radio & Television Organisms) and the private network operator Abertis Telecom.

 

Impulsa responsibility is the promotion of DTT and the development of the transition process in direct collaboration with the public administrations and in a co-ordinately way with the involved sector agents.

 

To carry out these duties, Impulsa TDT:­

  • Promotes co-ordinately the transition from analogue TV towards a full DTT adoption by citizens until the end of analogue emissions
  • Defines and proposes an action plan of the transition process to the DTT
  • Designs and develops an institutional communication plan with the aim to assure the final user the most complete information on DTT.
  • It has been constituted as a DTT Observatory for monitoring the transition process towards DTT.
  • Is a thinking, recommendation and common action group in all the issues of interest to its associates.
  • Represents the common interest of its associates before any national, communitarian or international instance be it politic, administrative or judicial.
  • Promotes a regular interchange of information between its members in the different environments of interest of the DTT.


The agreement signed with the Ministry of Industry allows Impulsa to undertake the following actuations:

  • Leveraging of DTT
  • Elaboration and posterior carry out of the Transition Plan to the DTT
  • Monitoring of the Transition
  • Supporting to the deployment of Information Society advanced services


In the T-Seniority project, IMPULSA is key for the deployment of the Spanish pilot over DTT. As the company subcontracted by the Government to carry out the promotion of the DTT in Spain, they are the link with Public Administrations now deploying DTT over all the National territory. They can be a clear prescriptor of T-Seniority services, thus supporting and reinforcing all the issues related with the exploitation in Spain and also in South-American countries. Organisation of international events; Customisation and deployment activities in DTT and Cooperation in Exploitation Planning, are among its main tasks.

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Eurona (Euro) - Spain

WiFi Networks. Start activity in 2001 with the aim to develop and exploit advance wireless networks telecommunications infrastructures Coverage analysis: Visibility analysis and optimus coverage design according areas coverage needs.

Wireless rural coverage.

Eurona creations build on new communication technology services to answer society demands.Eurona brings broadband throught the air in a clean simply and ecological way.Eurona is the first IP services global provider that bases its network accesses (last mile) in Wifi (802.11b) – WIMAX technology.

This technological innovation give us a clear competitive advantage:

  • Speed and affordable deployment costs
  • Service flexibility
  • Mobility

 

In the T-Seniority project, EURONA, as an independent IP provider working (mainly but not exclusively) with local administrations. It is the perfect partner for reaching local councils that need to offer citizens “localised services”. Eurona fits the profile of a collaborator with whom it would be able to reach agreements that will make the service sustainable after the project life. Deployment activities over IPHN, as well as exploitation management, are among its main tasks.

 

 

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Regione Toscana, Settore Innovazione e Ricerca nelle ICT (RT) - Italy

The main goal of this Department of Regional Administration is the implementation of policies and strategies for the Information Society development in Tuscany, both within the citizens and the “cooperative networks” of social and institutional agents that substantiate the governance model of this Region. To that purpose, the Department:

  • runs Regional initiatives in the field of e-Government, e-Participation and e-Services in compliance with ongoing programs at European, national and interregional level;
  • coordinates the development of ICT inside the Regional Administration in a shared and participatory perspective;
  • promotes the dissemination and proper use of innovative ICT tools, solutions, products and services by citizens and businesses.

Main achievements Circa 1995-now: Building up and maintenance of a region-wide telematic infrastructure, RTRT (first example in Italy) linking all the main public entities (currently 380 public institutions) of Tuscany and a significant representation of private sector (profit and no-profit);

Circa 2001-now: Conception and implementation of the “e-Toscana” initiative (the Action Plan of Tuscany Regional Administration), including a long list of 50 specific projects for ICT development in the private sector, e-Government and e-Inclusion in the Regional Information Society, with an overall investment of more that 100 million euros.

Ongoing activities for dissemination of free and open source software; Experimentation of innovative infrastructure solutions;

Circa 2004-now: the PAAS experience, part of the already mentioned “e-Toscana” initiative. The main interest for the Region of Tuscany in being involved in the TELL-ME project has to do with the recent experience of PAAS and the idea of a follow-up of this in the specific field of e-Participation, where a Regional Law is currently under way to enhance ordinary people’s involvement in the democratic law making process. That is why the basic focus of RT during the trials will be regarding e-Participation.

 

In the T-Seniority project, Regione Toscana leads the important Worckpackage 4: Deployment & Operation. Among its main activities are the enrolments of Italian users, mobilising 35 towns of the Tuscany Region; taking care of the customisation and deployment activities; organising local events and participating in international events. Being in charge of the citizen’s infrastructure access, they are the key preceding and enabling the deployment of services. Thus they play an important role as supporters/collaborators/prescriptors of the services.

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University of Siena (USI) - Italy

University of Siena is engaged in research concerning Information Technologies (IT) for communication, learning and teaching. The activity is oriented toward the development, analysis and evaluation of IT tools. Research is funded both by the University core funds and by external sources. The group comprises competencies in Computer Science, Telematic Engineering, Telecommunication Wireless and Wired Networks, Communication Psychology, Cognitive Ergonomics. For more than ten years personnel involved have been active in issues associated with cognitive ergonomics, telematics engineering, and human factors, mainly concerning decision making, learning processes, telematic networks, human error.

 

In the last years, the Telecommunications Research Group (TRG) of the Information Engineering Department of the University of Siena considerably grew in size and amount of research activity. The group now consists of 7 permanent members (two full professor, three associate professor, three assistant professors), two PhD. students, and several external consultants, who collaborate with the TRG on a regular basis. As a result of the augmented size of the group, the number of research topics has increased too. Research is now carried out in the fields of: i) mobile communication systems; ii) remote sensing; iii) image processing and transmission; iv) design and development of network services; v) cultural heritage and multimedia; vi) signal and image processing for bio-technology and biomedicine; vii) Digital terrestrial Television; viii) RF-Id and sensor networks.

 

The quality of the research is witnessed by the number and quality of publications and by the numerous international and national research projects the TRG is involved in. The University of Siena has close links with industry, since these provide both a source of new technical problems and a test-bed for the knowledge and techniques that are developed. In recent years, the University has been involved in several collaborative research projects with industrial and academic partners.

 

In the T-Seniority project, University of Siena contributes its experience in the provision of interactive service scenarios over digital and DTT TV. They will mainly collaborate and support Regione Toscana to carry out the Italian pilot. Their main tasks are related with the customisation and deployment activities and also the cooperation in the Exploitation Planning.



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Altec Software SA (ALTEC) Greece

Since 1st of August 2009 the Software Business Unit of Altec, S.A., part of which is the Research Programmes Division, is operating as Altec Software, S.A., a separate and independent company 100% owned by ALTEC Information and Communication Systems S.A. ALTEC SA, is one of the biggest ERP and HRM vendors in Greece, with activities on software, system integration (since 1st of August 2009 forming a second separate and independent subsidiarie of Altec, namely, Altec Integration, S.A.), services and products and telecommunications, in several branches all over Greece, while also operating subsidiary companies in Romania and Bulgaria. ALTEC develops and provides technologically advanced systems and software applications to cover the entire spectrum of computerised and organisational demands in both the public and the private sector.

 

The Software Business Unit is one of the most experienced business information systems providers and supporters with more than 40.000 customers from many business sectors all over Greece. Since its foundation in 1996, the Research Programmes Division of ALTEC has succeeded in opening up a set of novel research fields many of which were successfully uptaken by the corporate commercial departments. It has participated in a number of European and national research projects using their results for improvement of current products as also development of new innovative software products and services that cover needs of the European market.

 

In the T-Seniority project, Altec has several fields of interest. As one of the top Greek providers of hardware/software, their main interest in the project are the possibilities of offering new services and opening new markets. Altec represents one of the private stakeholders types considered as potential collaborators to reach agreements with. As experimented ICTs professionals they will contribute with the Prefecture of Thessaloniki (in the north) and with Theotokos (in Athens) to the deployment of the Greek pilot. Their main tasks are related with customisation and deployment activities, the organisation of international events and the exploitation of results.




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Prefectural Authority of Thessaloniki (NATH) - Greece

Prefectural Authority of Thessaloniki (NATH) was first established in 1915 and since 1993, as it is institutionalised all over Greece, the Prefecture's Administration is directly elected by the people. The annual budget of the Prefecture is 183 million Euros, while it employs around 1520 persons. Thessaloniki is considered and acts as the European Union's 'gateway' to the Balkan countries.

 

It is the metropolitan centre of Northern Greece, the second city of the country (with more than one million people), and a basic national and international transport interchange in the cross-roads of the North - South and East - West axes. It is to be noted that the Region's comparative advantage in the course of infrastructure improvement, concerning research and technological support, comprises two Universities, one Technological Institution, a few research Institutes, a Technological Park, operating in the region together with a significant number of manufacturing enterprises located in the area.

 

In the T-Seniority project, Prefecture role will be mainly the enrolment of elders at Greek National level. We will work closely with partner Altec in the deployment of the Greek pilot (Thessaloniki). As a Public Administration of the second largest city after Athens the capital, we have a say at National level about the demands and needs of citizens, and T-Seniority scenario will be available to a wide audience contributing to fill the gap in the provision of these kind of services.

 

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Theotokos Foundation (THE) - Greece

Theotokos Foundation is a non–profit, non-governmental organization established in 1963 in Athens Greece. We provide support and services to mentally disabled people, their trainers and families. The scope of our services spreads from early intervention placement of a target group in the open employment. We are active in the following areas:

Expertise and Research

  • User requirements, Analysis and Evaluation
  • Computer interaction systems for assessment and training
  • Assistive technology environments for mental disability
  • Augmentative communication support systems
  • Application of quality systems (EPR)
  • Enhancing assessment protocols for the disabled (ICF)
  • Surveys oriented at social, training and employment
  • Interdisciplinary seminars for mental disability
  • Pool of experts in the field of mental disability
  • National and European dissemination
  • Handbooks and training materials

Vocational Counseling and Guidance, Employability

  • Training courses that enhance the interpersonal and employability skills of people with mental disability.
  • “How to search for a job” training and placement
  • Study of branches appropriate for employment of mentally disabled.
  • Development of individual career paths.
  • Systematic Post Graduation follow-up, starting with first graduates.

Supported Employment Network

Since 1997 we are operating a national network for supported employment which aims to place the mentally disabled in the employment market. The network of employers and employees provides the following support and services:

  • Understanding mental disability
  • Legislation for mentally disabled and employment
  • Benefits of employing people with disabilities
  • Support , guidance and job training on work placement
  • Follow up and reassurance of the placement

Management

  • Coordination of EU funded projects
  • Development of project proposals
  • Overall projects management and Quality management


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DigiTV (DigiTV) – United Kingdom


DigiTV Looking Local is the local government portal on digital interactive TV and mobile in the UK. Bringing together a host of local government and nationally relevant services Looking Local is designed and maintained for use via DiTV and mobile, for those citizens without PC access or skills, those determined to be “across the digital divide”.

 

Looking Local is run by DigiTV, a not-for-profit organisation wholly owned and managed by Kirklees Council. Borne from the then ODPM’s (now DCLG) e-Government programme, DigiTV was centrally funded for two key reasons. Firstly to create a single technology that allowed local government and its partners to publish services to their citizens via interactive TV and secondly to create a framework with the DiTV platform providers which negotiated the cheapest access for said services. It achieved in both missions and now offers the DigiTV Starter Kit to local government et al for a fair and low price. DigiTV passed into local government control in December 2005, and works for the greater good of local government on these channels.

 

DiTV has increasingly proved to be a viable and useful channel for service delivery and there is a business case for all partners currently using the Starter Kit to offer services, which will only increase as the UK moves towards analogue switchover in 2012. DiTV is a complementary channel to front line services and the web, it is free for the citizen to use and accessible 24/7. Looking Local on mobile phones was a later development by DigiTV and is now accessible by any citizen with an Internet browsable mobile phone on the move.

 

In the T-Seniority project, DigiTV, as the local government portal on digital interactive TV and mobile, are the key for the entrance of the services in the UK. They have the means available and the networks deployed on where to deploy services to the users. They match the type of stakeholder to reach agreements and forge alliances with for getting the services deployed at local level. Enrolment of elders at UK National level; Customisation and deployment activities; Dissemination and Organisation of local events are among its main activities.

 

In the T-Seniority project, DigiTV, as the local government portal on digital interactive TV and mobile, are the key for the entrance of the services in the UK. They have the means available and the networks deployed on where to deploy services to the users. They match the type of stakeholder to reach agreements and forge alliances with for getting the services deployed at local level.
Enrolment of elders at UK National level; Customisation and deployment activities; Dissemination and Organisation of local events are among its main activities.


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Fédération Nationale Avenir et Qualité de vie des Personnes Agées. (FNAQPA) - France

FNAQPA is one of the major organizations of the gerontology area. Specialized in older persons, FNAQPA gathers both administrators of welcome and home services establishments, which gives us a global vision of older person issues.

 

FNAQPA is representing and is defending its member’s interest within various national organizations:

  • Matignon first ministry, Ministry of Solidarity, of health and family, delegate minister for older persons, Parliament house, CNAV
  • CNSA (National Fund of Solidarity for Autonomy)
  • ANESM (National Agency for Social and Medico-social Evaluation)
  • National Committee against mistreatment
  • Committee for tariffication reformation follow-up
  • And also departmental organizations such as DDASS and General Council.

 

FNAQPA reinforces its presence all over France, thanks to many departmental delegates looking for all departments.

 

Information

Information towards its members is one of the major strengths of FNAQPA. They are indeed quickly informed about the latest news of the area, and about all the projects of regulatory evolutions, together with illustrative notes. This regular information is completed by local meetings, in order for the members to exchange on all the main issues of concern. Our four departmental delegates guarantee a local presence.

 

Reflection

FNAQPA’s mission is to contribute to the qualitative evolution of the older person’s condition. We believe that the Quality approach within each establishment is vital. FNAQPA is faithful to this commitment and has created for example the first frame of reference for services certification for nursing homes, published in the “Journal Officiel” of the French Republic in February 1999. In 2003, a new version of the FNAQPA/SYNERPA referential was edited, taking into account the regulatory evolutions of the area. FNAQPA’s members therefore own a well suitable tool, meant to help them get into their quality approach.

 

Training

FNAQPA focuses on both quality and ethic, in order to constantly improve the quality of life and of care of older persons. It’s the reason why a training department was founded, which organizes continuous training sessions within establishments and services. Reinforce the skills of all the professionals of the gerontology area is a key priority for FNAQPA.

 

Communication

In order to promote its action and the one of its members, and in order to participate to the national debates on how to accompany the older persons, FNAQPA take part in numerous professional events (professional congress, Geront’expo, National event on medico social area, …) FNAQPA is also often interviewed by local and national information media, which allows improving the corporate image of the profession.

 

In the T-Seniority project, FNAQPA leads the important WP5: Planning for sustainability. As one of the major organizations of the gerontology area at Nationa level, we act as representative of French users in the French pilot and it is our task the enrolling of French elders, plus watching and taking care of the customisation and deployment activities. We contribute also in the organisation of local events and the participation at international events. Our main interest in the project is to assess and evaluate first hand T-Seniority real possibilities to be commercially deployed in the French market as well in the rest of European markets.



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PrimeTel (PTL) – Cyprus

PrimeTel is a telecommunication and information technology company based in Cyprus. PrimeTel is the only alternative provider in Cyprus with its own autonomous nation wide fixed network infrastructure and international network. Local, national and international telecommunications services, higher-value broadband and Internet services, and IT solutions are some of the Company's principal activities.

 

PrimeTel owns and operates a truly regional network, spanning Cyprus, Greece, UK and Russia, providing voice, data and IP services to business and wholesale services to carriers, mobile operators, content and internet providers. Through its broadband network, PrimeTel is one of the first companies that provide a complete range of services through a single connection, known as "TriplePlay" (Telephony, Internet, interactive TV) to home, business and corporate customers. PrimeTel offers services, including Telephony, Internet, Data and Video services, to corporate customers for their communication needs, to individuals for their entertainment and communication needs and to other telecommunication carriers for their network needs. Furthermore, PrimeTel has a strong in-house research and development team consisting of Java, Perl and .NET programmers with expertise in networking, telephony and Telecom Financing, which undertake large technological projects.

 

This team has developed the IPTV middleware, IPTV video monitoring system, Triple-play ADSL connectivity provisioning and management, integrated with billing as well as IVR/SMS/MMS platforms, Integrated Billing System etc. PrimeTel's R&D Team is responsible for the development and optimization of PrimeTel's telecom services as well as for the development of new innovative services/products. PrimeTel participates in both national and European FP7 projects: MIMAX (http://www.ict-mimax.eu/) and SmoothIT (http://www.smoothit.org/).

 

In the T-Seniority project, PrimeTel as the main IP operator across Cyprus will contribute to the deployment of the services through its infraestructure network, collaborating with e-Isotis in the deployment and testing of the Cypriot pilot. We will also bring important stakeholders to the project interested in the deployment of such type of services to their clientele, as private care centers but also public administrations looking for services to offer to the citizens. PrimeTel is the main alternative to classic TV channels and is the type of stakeholder T-Seniority will have to reach agreements with for the sustainability of the services. Customisation and deployment activities (together with e-isotis); Organisation of international events and contribution in the exploitation of results, will be among its main tasks in the project.



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e-Isotis (EIS) – Cyprus/Greece

 

e-ISOTIS is a non-profit making organization that aims at supporting People with Disabilities and elderly to overcome the existing barriers and to experience an Information Society Open to ImpairmentS (ISOTIS).

 

e-ISOTIS brings together people with disabilities, their spouses as well as members of the ICT (Information Communication Technology) community from the whole globe. In this respect, it co-operates closely with National Associations of People with Disabilities, as well as with Universities, ICT companies and public authorities in many European countries.

 

e-ISOTIS has a vast experience in the field of care for elderly people. It is currently involved in two FP6 projects that deal with ICT and the elderly. These projects are: 1) Enable: A wearable system supporting services to *enable* elderly people to live well, independently and at ease FP6-IST-3 Year project. Website: www.enable-project.eu. 2) Emerge: Emergence Monitoring and Prevention FP6-IST-3 Year project. Website: http://www.emerge-project.eu/.

 

The greatest asset of the organisation is its human factor. More specifically, it is supported by an ambitious team of experts with as first priority the advancement of independent living and quality of life for people with disabilities and elderly via legal advice, education/learning, support of employability, social support and familiarisation with accessible ICT.

 

The organisation via its umbrella association has links to more than 360.000 people with disabilities. Moreover, associate members of e-ISOTIS are federations and social organisations that advance a better quality of life for all from most of the European countries like Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Estonia, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Lithuania, Check Republic. Furtermore, e-ISOTIS co-operates very closely with organisation active in the area of special needs and ICT in US, Australia, Canada, and Japan. More details about our associate members and network can be found on our website at http://www.e-isotis.org/.

 

Furthermore, e-ISOTIS is organising now the first ever European exhibition show and series on seminars on Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities and elderly in Spring 2008 that will be repeated every year. This is the first time that such an initiative for ICT for people with disabilities and elderly is implemented in Europe and will follow similar practices and experiences from the United States that the organisation has good co-operation links. Furthermore, e-ISOTIS participates with an exhibition stand in REHACARE 2008 this October 2008, the largest exhibition in Europe for rehabilitation products and services for people with disabilities.

 

Our main aim at Rehacare is to run workshops and inform the visitors (more than 30,000 visitors are expected) about the benefits of ICT and how independent living and quality of life can be advanced via ICT for people with disabilities.

 

In T-Seniority e-ISOTIS will assist in setting up the Cypriot and Greek pilots, establishing the user groups, as well as taking care of all the ethical issues of the project. The project will also benefit from the organisation's extensive network in the dissemination and valorisation of the results.



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Partner 16: Medineuvo (MED) – Finland

 

Medineuvo is a leading health and homecare company in Finland with a sister company in Sweden, aiming at creating of a new, high quality, accurate and cost efficient service concept, which will merge together the previously achieved experiences of homecare, telecare, healthcare and independent living at home by piloting a set of different levels of Digi-TV, IPTV, mobile TV and videoconferencing techniques appropriate for various groups of elderly people according to their individual social needs and health situations to guarantee safe, socially rich independent life.

 

MediNeuvo employs a number of doctors, nurses and telecare and homecare personnel providing expert social and healthcare advice 24 hours a day, every day of the year, serving private and public sector organizations such as insurance companies and occupational health service providers. Customers include the city of Kotka, the Health Care Districts of Kymenlaakso and Southern Savo, If P&C Insurance and Oracle Finland.

 

To provide all the levels of services needed by the elderly people, and as the actual Finnish legislation implies strict rules for the quality of electronically provided services and further as all the healthcare professional personnel will be provided by PKI-based authentication and digital signature certificates (TEO) from 2009 onwards and the elderly people as patients have also to use similar certificates for authentication and to give their consent in various phases of the care, these systems will be an integral part of the Finnish pilot.

 

MediNeuvo’s operational idea is based on scientifically investigated solutions that have been found to be good. Most important financiers of MediNeuvo are Sitra (The Finnish National Fund for Research and Development) and the Swedish company MedHelp Ab.

 

In the T-Seniority, Medineuvo, as one of the main care center providers to the public administration, will collaborate closely with Tampere City in the Finnish pilot. They are interesting in merging previous experiences related with homecare, telecare and ehealth, in Finland and try and implement the new possibilities offered by T-Seniority. Enrolment of Finnish elders; Customisation and deployment activities; Organisation of local events and participation in international events will be among its main tasks.

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City of Tampere (TAM) - Finland

 

Tampere is located on an isthmus between two lakes and offers beautiful scenery with lakes and ridges. Tampere is the third largest city in Finland. The Central Region – which includes Tampere and its surrounding municipalities – is the second largest growth centre in Finland. The population of Tampere is 206 000 and approximately 325 000 people live in the Tampere Central Region. The municipal income tax rate is 18 % and the annual expenditure of the city is 1 400 million euro.

 

The surface area of the city is 688 km2 and population density is 388 per square kilometre.

 

Tampere is a modern concentration of industry, commerce, services and education. The central location and good communication provide excellent starting points for entrepreneurship and good living.

 

Social and family services organized by the municipality are based on various legal Acts. Most services are subject to judgment, which allows the local authorities to decide independently on budgetary appropriation. Concerning certain services, residents of a municipality have the subjective right to them and local authorities have to ensure their availability.

 

Services for aged people aim at ensuring safe living in their own homes for as many residents of Tampere as possible.

 

By means of providing care at home and a parent care subsidy, aged people are assisted thus enabling them to live at home. Daytime activities are aimed at maintaining the health and mobility of aged people, while facilitating their everyday life. Daytime activities are provided by the Day Centres, Service Centres and City Bloc Clubs.

 

When the need for services of aged persons cannot be provided while at home, living in a Service Home or Group Home is an alternative. Hospital or institutional care is an option when the person’s age or sickness makes it impossible to live at home.

 

Part of Tampere’s social welfare services are organized according to districts. The city is geographically divided into three service districts: southern, eastern and western. All the residents of Tampere belong to one of those districts according to their area of residence.

 

In the T-Seniority project, Tampere City act as the Public Body in charge of the coordination of the production units and the operational and economic management of the wellbeing services (social and health services, education and culture services). Especially the Centre is responsible for the development of custom-oriented, cross-departmental and multi-producer based (e.g. NGOs, private, public) service processes within the wellbeing services. In the Finnish T-Seniority pilot the Development Centre will organize the Tampere pilot with gathering a sample group of senior people in different life situations with appropriate profile to guarantee statistically representative results of the pilot. Enrolment of elders at National level; Customisation and deployment activities; Dissemination and Organisation of local events will be among its main tasks. They will closely collaborate with Medineuvo.