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Elderly-friendly city services for active and healthy ageing

City4Age (Elderly-friendly city services for active and healthy ageing) created an innovative framework that could be deployed by European cities: ICT-enhanced early detection of risk related to frailty and Mild Cognitive Impairments (MCI); ICT enhanced intervention that can help the elderly population to improve their daily life and also promote positive behaviour changes.

City4Age was a European project co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission that activated urban communities to facilitate the role of social/health services and of families in dealing with MCI and frailty in the elderly population.

The challenge was to demonstrate that cities play a pivotal role in the early detection of (MCI and frailty) risks in order to make subsequent interventions. The core idea was that “smart cities” can collect data about individual behaviours in an unobtrusive way. This data could be used in two ways:

  • to identify segments of the population potentially at risk
  • to closely monitor individuals already identified as specifically in need of close monitoring

In the latter case, negative changes of behaviours could be detected, prompting individualized intervention.

The City4Age Consortium was coordinated by Politecnico di Milano (IT) and consisted of a balanced combination of:

  • Research and Scientific partners: Universidad De La Iglesia De Deusto (ES), Universita Degli Studi Di Pavia (IT), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES), Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (FR), University College London (UK), Universita Del Salento (IT)
  • Industrial Partners: Geomobile GMBH (DE), Preduzece Za Informacione Tehnologije I Elektronsko Trgovanje Belit Doo (SR), Athens Technology Center SA (GR), Multimed Engineers SRL (IT), Future Cities Lab LTD (UK)
  • Pilot Localitations: Lecce Municipality (IT), Birmingham City Council (UK), Consorcio Regional De Transportes De Madrid (ES), Dimos Athinaion Epicheirisi Michanografisis (GR), Montpellier (FR) and Singapore (via CNRS).

ATC was responsible for the City4Age system integration and also acted as responsible partner for security and privacy issues related to personal data protection.

The project started in December 2015 and had a duration of 36 months.

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