SmartServicePower is a collaborative project for the research of innovative functions in age-appropriate technology-based housing

What is it about?

The aim of the sponsoring consortium is to build up a pre-competitive demonstrator combining techniques for the sensible sharing of data from existing prevention and care systems. So far, data is available in proprietary silos and, if at all, often insufficiently improved to actually benefit those in need of care. For the first time, the flagship platform will integrate existing functions in the areas of e-health, smart home, ambient-assisted living, emergency call systems, nursing and concierge services. This will make visible the benefits of a cooperative, non-profit, solution designed for the well-being of people who are in need of care and help and promote their realization.


Can third parties join the platform later?

The integrated cloud solution creates an application that enables the interaction of different business areas and heterogeneous partners in an interoperable and flexible manner. A fair share approach is being explored and tested on how investment, ongoing costs, but also profits among the process participants, especially seniors and their families, can be divided fairly. This creates trustworthy, marketable, cross-sectoral new business models for small and medium-sized companies.


How is the consortium composed?

In the consortium, several technology specialists, research institutes, networks, multipliers and users are represented. It is inter- and transdisciplinary, provides knowledge and technology transfer and develops with the demonstrator an ideal basis for innovative utilization approaches. All partners in the value chain have experience in the tasks assigned to them and also use the results within the framework of their international network structures. With this project, the economic center of NRW becomes a role model in the provision of services for its citizens and acts as a pioneer in the important segment of e-health.


What are the advantages for users?

Citizens in need of care or assistance will be able to live in their own neighborhood as long as possible via SSP through prevention, close to home care and networked value-added chains. This corresponds both to their personal wishes and to the cost of care and consequential charges for health insurance funds, church sponsors and municipalities. It also puts the elderly back into a position to participate actively in the community. Technically and with regard to the planned services, the project is geared towards the needs of older tenants and the nursing staff involved. SSP would like to provide an enabler for care 4.0 as a specialization of industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things for sustainable neighborhood development and prevention.


How is the technical implementation carried out?

The combination of different data of the resident in combination with intelligent analysis and evaluation algorithms makes it no longer easy to determine emergency signals, but to route and route demand situations context-based. Progress, correlations and changes are made visible in order to react proactively. For example, it can be determined whether a person who has been supervised does not leave the apartment for a longer period of time, whether it has fallen, and if an emergency physician has to be requested immediately, or that a new medicine affects the vital functions. In this way, valuable insights can be gained, the processes in care can be made more efficient and additional (social) services can be offered.

And how safe is the whole thing?

The highly sensitive personal data are collected, networked and evaluated in a virtual home collector. Then the data is transferred to a secure public cloud platform. Innovative, legally compliant data use concepts are developed using the open data principle with different access rights, so that doctors or nurses can access the data legally.

Who is the beneficiary of the intended solution?

The platform meets the demands of a society with an increasing share of older fellow citizens and supports this development positively. Seniors are not nurses but active members of our community. They provide valuable information to the society through their cooperation in prevention solutions such as SSP and benefit through attention, integration and affordable prices

  • In addition, the beneficiaries of the system are those who are less concerned about their loved ones
  • The care services, which have ever greater problems, to hire adequate staff. Due to the demand-oriented care, the staff can work more efficiently
  • The municipalities, which have the statutory mandate to provide financial support to the citizens and to run nursing homes in the context of their care for the citizens.
  • Housing associations, because they can offer age-appropriate services, and for a reasonable price.
  • Concierge services, because they know better what services are necessary.
  • Microservices providers, as they can dock into the platform and offer apps.