ICT enabled independent living for elderly. A status-quo analysis on products and the research landscape in the field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) in EU-27.
We are living in the midst of an unprecedented transition: The European Union is facing a rapid ageing of its societies, accompanied by a diminishing number of young people. This demographic change will have an immense impact on national economies in general and health systems in particular. It is assumed that new information and communication technologies for elderly people will play a decisive role in solving some of these future challenges. This is exactly where Ambient Assisted Living comes into place.
Originally performed on behalf of the European Commission, the present study gives a status quo analysis of the research landscape and products in the scope of Ambient Assisted Living. The investigations have been undertaken in all 27 member countries of the European Union.
Hence, this study provides the first comprehensive data collection in this field. It includes about 1,000 organisations all over Europe, 180 products and 150 research projects. Based upon this data, estimations of central topics, stakeholders, national and European research activities and the orientation of existing products have been prepared. All information is illustrated by significant figures. The study is completed by recommendations useful for policy makers, economic players and other stakeholders relevant in this research field.
Download the report here: http://www.aal-deutschland.de/deutschland/dokumente/ict_for_elderly_webversion.pdf