New European research project launched to explore how IoT can benefit healthcare

The new research project focusing on shifting elderly “from empowering to viable living” (FRONT-VL) has just started. FRONT-VL is a Celtic labeled European project comprising 21 partners from five countries (Austria, Finland, Hungary, Norway and Sweden), led by Telia Company.

The project will stretch over a period of three years, starting November 2016 with an estimated total budget for the project of EUR 7.2 million.

"The vision of the project is to increase the growing aging population’s influence over their own situation and being able to stay longer in their own home with the help of IoT technology. This comprises both technology for independent living and the possibility to handle chronic diseases through remote monitoring and self-care", says Niklas Sundler, business director at Telia Company’s Swedish healthcare unit that will lead the project.

The project is innovative in the way it uses current and new technology to establish smart communication solutions that enables predictive and preventive actions. FRONT-VL will use existing interface standards, such as Continua and the Nordic Reference Architecture, to create an open solution.

The technical solution is built on a modular design, where an ecosystem of devices, communication platforms, IoT motors, apps and analytical tools can be combined and substituted in a way that creates flexibility on what opportunities in the development of care that different services can address. The idea is that any company can contribute with their own version of the module as long as it has the agreed interfaces. This creates an opportunity for competitors to develop different, and competing, solutions fulfilling the same functional needs.

The concept will be tested in five different use cases (rehabilitation, fall, mental health, palliative care and nutrition monitoring) during the project, where all use cases will be Hi developed based on a co-design methodology where elder and professionals will develop the solution together. Each use case will during and after the project be evaluated, based on the created value for both caregivers and caretakers.

The project is partly funded from the project participants and partly from the national, public, innovation budget of the participating countries. The Austrian and Swedish funding has been approved by their national governmental funding institutes, and decision is pending (expected to come early 2017) in Finland, Hungary and Norway.

The involved project partners are:
Austria: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Medical University of Vienna, Fachhochschule St. Pölten, LIFEtool
Finland: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Rokua Group, Comptel Oyj, Movesole Oy, Myontec Oy, Deltatron Oy
Hungary: Multilogic, Budapest University of Technology and Economics BME
Norway: SINTEF, Tellu, Prediktor Medical
Sweden: Telia Company, Linnaeus University LNU, Free2Move AB, Sigma Technology Solutions AB, Region Jönköping county, Yodiwo AB