Best Position Paper Award for Smart VitAALity

The research team Kurt Majcen (JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Institute DIGITAL), Johanna Plattner, Daniela E. Ströckl, Dr. Johannes Oberzaucher and Elena Oberrauner (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Applied Research on Ageing) received the award for the best position paper for "The Synergy of Technology Usage and Human-driven Support Activities in an AAL Pilot Region".

 Best Position Paper Award for Smart VitAALity


The paper was presented at ICT4AWE – "The 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health" – which was held virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic this year. The paper gives an insight into the results of the usage analysis conducted in the Smart VitAALity project, which was carried out in the province of Carinthia.

The International Conference ICT4AWE is about information and communication technologies, that help people stay healthier, more independent and more active. Best practices, innovation and technical improvements in areas such as elderly and health care, education, psychology, social coordination and active assisted living are addressed at this conference.

The project Smart VitAALity – the Carinthian pilot region for AAL and Smart Living Technologies was realized in Austria between 2016 and 2019. The one-year field trial focused on testing and evaluating a set of technologies with accompanying services to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults. During this time, various parameters regarding the usage of the different services and devices were recorded. This paper presents an insight into the results of the usage analysis with a focus on provided support material and the documentation of the established human-driven support activities. The investigation shows that there are synergies between the constantly high system usage during the field test and the provided support opportunities.