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Constant focus on the research & development projects

Monday, November 6, 2017

SIVECO Romania will participate in the ICT Proposers' Day 2017, an event dedicated to identifying practical solutions for community issues at EU level

In the period 9 - 10 November 2017, SIVECO Romania will participate in ICT Proposers' Day 2017 to be held in Budapest. This networking event is focused on European research& innovation in the IT&C field, stress being laid on the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 for the period 2018-2020.

The event is an exceptional opportunity to build quality partnerships with university teaching staff, researchers, industrial players, SMEs and governmental representatives across Europe.

By participating in implementing over 40 European Research& Development projects, throughout the years, SIVECO has proved it is able to create innovation, by correctly anticipating the market trends. At the same time, it meets its interest in extending the expertise in developing experimental models in the field of innovative materials, processes and solutions", declares Monica Florea, manager of European projects Department within SIVECO Romania. These projects have been developed together with prestigious European partners within the research programs funded by the European Commission. Among the most important programs are the following: HORIZON 2020, Framework Programmes FP6, Framework Programmes FP7, Ambient Assisted Living Programme, EUREKA, ITEA, eContentPlus, ICT Policy Support Programme and Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci.

„Horizon 2020 is the most comprehensive research & innovation program of the European Union, having as objective not just investments and novelty services at European level, thus leading to many innovations, discoveries and world premieres. We are honored we can coordinate projects where we are able to capitalize on the results of SIVECO’s research initiatives”, says Monica Florea.

By implementing innovation, SIVECO aims, on one hand, at identifying practical solutions for community issues and creating new jobs, and, on the other hand, satisfying the customer’s needs for new, as well as improved products and solutions.

Within the event in Budapest, SIVECO will also present the pan-European project Brain @ Home, proposing a viable solution for maintaining an active life for the elderly, by stimulating their independence, and, subsequently, their quality of life.

The planet’s population is aging at an accelerated pace, - one estimates that, by 2050, over 22% of the global population will be over 60 years old. This phenomenon is already a reality in some developed countries, such as Germany, Italy or Sweden. The aging process is a complex one, without a direct link between the physical and mental abilities. Therefore, each person’s needs and requirements are unique and they have to be addressed in a customized manner.

However, how can we transform the challenges the elderly are faced with into opportunities for them and for the entire society

There is a huge volume of data certifying that the senior citizens have a high capacity to absorb technologies adjusted to their needs and they are extremely interested in self-managing the chronic diseases they are suffering from. This way, if they get the necessary help and useful tools, through programs dedicated and adjusted to their needs, the elderly can improve considerably their physical and mental health condition.

Such a program is Brain @ home project. Launched in June 2016, the project is coordinated by SIVECO Romania in collaboration with 5 other partners from 3 countries: Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico (Italy), MediaHospital (Italy), Pannon Business Network Association (Hungary), Karma Interactive (Hungary), Bucharest University (Romania). The program this project is part of is of AAL type -“ACTIVE AND ASSISTED LIVING (AAL)”.

In the next one and a half year, 3 pilot centers will be implemented in Romania, Italy and Hungary.

In each center there shall be recruited 40 beneficiaries each, aged over 60 and having a good health condition, and who may present a slight cognitive impairment, possibly combined with a slight motor impairment, generally because of old age (meaning minimal memory loss, slight difficulties in daily planning activities, difficulties in maintaining attention and focus, etc). These persons shall experiment using digital instruments, integrated into a single platform. We are talking about video sequences based on pictures of type 360⁰, virtual reality (an external environment, an internal environment and a mixed environment, respectively), serious games type of technologies and gamification.

“Brain @ Home is one of the projects focusing on issues high on the agenda at the European level, providing solutions for a growing social category. In today’s world, technologies make social inclusion of all citizens possible, exceeding the barriers created by time and space. The quality of life is the most important differentiating aspect for an elderly. And Brain @ Home is a solution for its improvement“, states Monica Florea, Project Manager on behalf of SIVECO Romania.