Who is involved in ICT4Silver?

ICT4Silver is a project funded by the Interreg Sudoe Programme that supports regional development in Southwest Europe by financing transnational projects through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This Programme promotes transnational cooperation to solve common problems in Southwest Europe.

ICT4Silver will define a cross-sectoral and transnational methodology to stimulate the transfer of ICT technologies to the Silver Economy market to encourage the replication and sustainability of the ICT4Silver model to other industrial sectors and to other territorial challenges bearing major market challenges for SUDOE.

The project involves 9 members:

Agence de Développement et d’innovation de la Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Since February 2014, ADI offers, in collaboration with the Regional Council, the animation of the value chain in the regional scope of the Silver Economy:

  • Support the work of the 6 channels (Health and Socio-sanitary, autonomy and home care, Housing and Urban Development, Transport and mobility, Prevention, good aging and sanitary tourism, Transversal).
  • Guarantees governance and coordinates the actions of the Silver Economy in Aquitaine (‘Silver Aquitania’).
  • Implements communication activities (catalog of Silver Aquitania products and services, newsletters, web page) of the participants (almost 500).
  • Development of alliances with local actors, the “French and European Silver regions.

Since 2012, ADI hosts a regional action for inter-clustering:

  • Promote exchanges between the 5 competitiveness poles and the 31 regional and territorial clusters and their respective members.

GIP Autonom’Lab

Autonom’lab is a Living Lab with the mission of accompanying and supporting all those who have innovative projects to improve the quality of life of the elderly. For this, it participates in the creation of a regional ecosystem that promotes innovation. This understanding of the ‘silver economy’ topic and the regional fabric is very useful to identify the needs and disseminate the information of the project in order to achieve a good impact.

The experience as Living Lab and their knowledge of the profiles of users / clients (health professionals or elderly people and / or social workers) is contributed to the project to develop the ICT4SILVER demonstrators; the selected service packages, and therefore, evaluate their impact in real life situations.

Home Care Lab

HCL is part of a cooperative group, Grupo Servicios Sociales Integrados (Grupo SSI). The organization aims to provide a global response to the social & health needs of people in situations of dependency or social vulnerability in Euskadi. The organization manages different services and social programs for public administration, mainly the Home Help Service.

It was born in Bilbao in 1987, and currently provides services to 13 municipalities in Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa (Euskadi), with a staff of 420 workers and more than 2,200 users. HCL is the R&D unit of Grupo SSI, which aims to contribute to the strengthening of innovative capacities around aging, chronicity and dependence, capturing, developing and disseminating the knowledge obtained in these areas through a process of open and cooperative research.

Fundació KIMbcn

KIM is a reference entity in innovation, knowledge transfer and implementation of scientific-technological structures, thus improving the competitiveness and technological progress of companies through specialized services, positioning and consolidating a global knowledge transfer model.

KIM has a portfolio of services focused on meeting the needs of all actors in the innovation system in which they operate and it has also developed its own high-quality training system, which contains ad-hoc methodology and provides a practical implementation plan in areas such as business innovation, technology transfer, open innovation, management of intellectual property rights, business model designs or project management.

Finally, KIM has extensive experience leading different activities in European projects, mainly in activities related to dissemination.

Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Tecnalia is the first private Spanish applied research center and one of the most important in Europe. It is committed to generating economic impact, through innovation and technological development, through its 7 business divisions, covering the energy, industry, transport, construction, Health and ICT sectors.

In the HEALTH division, applied research is developed in the field of health with the aim of responding to needs and improving the quality of life of people, through the development and commercialization of innovative products and services. A multidisciplinary team specialized in biotechnology, biomaterials, medical robotics, neurosciences, exoskeletons, biomechanics, electronics, software and rehabilitation to provide solutions to multiple health challenges.

And having as objective the development of new technologies, the generation of industrial property assets and the transfer to companies.

GAIA –Asociación de Industrias de las tecnologías electrónicas y de la información del País Vasco

GAIA has its own methodology and tools that promote innovative collaborative collaboration among its associated companies as well as with other companies and third organizations from other sectors and / or clusters.

Among his skills and experiences, we highlight:

  • It has its own methodology to promote innovative collaborative collaboration.
  • It is working on projects related to the development of new business models, based on the digital economy and the circular economy.
  • Among the collective of its companies, it has an average of 40 companies with their own solutions and products in the field of e-health.
  • It promotes and develops about 8 projects per year in the field of health with an average of 32 organizations participating.
  • Participates in different platforms such as Silicon Europe Alliance.

It has three own Living labs enrolled in the European Network of Living Labs.

Associação TICE.PT

TTICE.PT plays an important role, as a cluster, in the definition and application of the strategy for the ICT and Electronics sector in Portugal.

In its 2009 plan TICE.PT has developed collaboration projects in R & D in the field of e-health and AAL that have resulted in a platform of services, applications and other medical devices for non-hospital care and informal care.

Its 2020 plan reinforces the importance of this sector (active aging) by incorporating a new mobilizing project in which the Ageing @ Coimbra network, that participates in the KIC on healthy living and active aging (InnoLife), is integrated.

The TICE.PT brings together companies, associations, universities, polytechnics and knowledge transfer units. This allows it to act along the value chain and provide product innovation services. In 2015, it was recognized with the gold label for the Excellence Management Group.

Cluster TIC SANTE Nouvelle-Aquitaine

This Cluster integrates the synergies among its 70 members (manufacturers, academics, experts, representatives of health professionals) to meet the challenges of continuous improvement of the health system, through digital tools and favor the consideration of use cases in the design of innovative health solutions based on ICTs, resulting in new economic models.

The cluster is involved in the creation of a living-lab dedicated to the design and evaluation of e-health solutions and the ‘Silver Economy’ to design, develop, integrate and test in real conditions new products and services for healthcare professionals and patients.

TIC Santé is very involved in two sectors of the Silver Aquitaine (“Health and Socio-sanitary”, and “The autonomy and home care”) with the aim of involving both user patients, as technology providers and caregivers.

IPCA- Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave

IPCA promotes applied research and knowledge and technology tranference, together with society and industry. ICT4SILVER is part of the philosophy of IPCA and its PRAXIS XXI center, established to promote the creation of companies and the growth of the value chain of projects, carrying out R&D in collaboration with the industry, improving the innovation of new products or systems of products.

One of the lines of research and technological development is precisely the design to improve the quality of life of the elderly population. IPCA is recognized for its experience in the development of electronic products, solutions and mobile applications which facilitate cross-sector meta-grouping and transnational scope. As an example of that, we can mention the BOWEAR product, the implementation of safe solutions that improve the quality of life of the elderly, created with technology fully developed in this Institute.