The AAL project eWare “Early Warning (by lifestyle
monitoring) Accompanies Robotics Excellence” is focused on improving the lifestyle of people with dementia and their caregivers considering the extreme impact of this disease in the world.
Lifestyle monitoring can reduce caregiver’s distress and thereby extend the period that the informal caregiver can sustain the care and support needs for the person with dementia with affective return in terms of patient life quality and social costs.
eWare aims to develop a useful and meaningful service in co-design with human beings.
The main project goals of eWare are focused on outcomes:
- reduce subjective stress of the informal carers and the patient community,
- enhance quality of life of the informal carer and person with dementia,
- support communication and information between formal and informal careers.
The technology and services used in eWare consist of existing lifestyle monitoring or life pattern monitoring connected and integrated with novel support robots.
The eWare eco-system is characterized by the integration of two technologies: the lifestyle monitoring of Sensara (motion sensors and open/close sensors) and the social robotic technology of Tinybots.
To realize the eWare eco-system and integrate these technologies, three developments need to take place:
- eWare Cloud that hosts core data
- eWare mobile application for the caregivers
- eWare API enables the Sensara technology and Tinybot technology to interface with the newly developed eWare eco-system.
In respect to the market potential, in Europe different forms of dementia are effecting more than 8.7 milion people. 70% live at home: 6.1 million people. Of these population, 30 % is living alone, meaning 1.8 million people in the current situation which represents the EU-market for the eWare solution.
eWare Business model
eWare will explore two promising business models for the eco-system:
- business-to-consumer, consumer-to-business when there is use of the technology & services in the mild stage of dementia.
- business-to-business, business-to consumer.
This model is applicable when the dementia is further in its process and professional care is needed
The testing of the eWare eco-system will take place in four countries, including The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, and Norway, with a total of 300 end-users (100 persons with dementia, 100 informal carers and 100 district nurses).
The pilot technology is based on:
- personalized calendar,
- indoor localization,
- smart home environment,
- health monitoring,
- identification of behaviour,
- personal interaction with the robot.