innovation ecosystem for smart elderly care

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The I-CARE-SMART project aimed to enhance innovation ecosystems for the promotion of smart solutions in elderly care in the CE regions.

The project strengthened the capacities of participating regions by enabling public authorities to act as facilitators of innovation, effective mobilisation of the elderly and businesses to bridge the gap between innovators and the target group, launching a quadruple-helix based, user-focused co-creation process for the development of smart elderly care solutions.

The transnational cooperation resulted in project outputs with wide-scale adaptability and transferability. Partners delivered a comprehensive toolset with practical guidance on how to engage seniors and businesses in user-focused co-creation, providing a methodological basis for enhancing innovation ecosystems. The revealed unmet needs of the elderly were matched with innovative solutions and partners launched quadruple-helix-based co-creation sessions and living-lab-type real-life tests with direct interaction between innovators and representatives of the target group, developing 16 smart care solutions.

To encourage transnational collaboration, our regions built a Transnational Open Innovation Platform for Smart Elderly Care (SilverStar Platform), a standardized tool that supports co-creation both on regional &transnational levels, and allows all actors to regularly interact, share knowledge on the unmet needs of the elderly and on the potential solutions to address them, and create transnational collaboration teams for the development of innovative solutions with wide-scale market opportunities.

I-CARE SMART project made it possible to understand the relevant regional contexts and the needs of end users. The experience in the co-creation of innovative solutions allowed the understanding of the local difficulties in fostering innovation, as well as highlighting the common factors between regions that support international exchange and collaboration

i-care-smart in numbers

13 project partners

2 593 039,34
total budget

7 countries

7 strategies
and action plans



Project Summary

With the help of the I-CARE-SMART partners, the Toolbox for Senior Engagement, Toolbox for Business Engagement and the Handbook on Co-Creation & Open Innovation Methods for Smart Elderly Care was prepared to create and knowledge base among partners to foster the existing linkages with businesses, seniors and exploring innovation methods for smart elderly care.



Past news and events

The project strengthened the capacities of participating regions by enabling public authorities to act as facilitators of innovation, effective mobilisation of the elderly and businesses to bridge the gap between innovators and the target group, launching a quadruple-helix based, user-focused co-creation process for the development of smart elderly care solutions.

Here you will find informations about the project activities.


16 pilot smart solutions

1 network

2 toolboxes and 1 handbook

1 transnatIonal platform

Project outputs

The I-CARE-SMART project implemented three Thematic Working Groups (Senior Engagement, Business Engagement, Co-creation and Open Innovation Methods) to develop different perspectives in order to empower the partners and Task4 members in strengthening co-creation in elderly care.

T1.1 Toolbox for Senior Engagement
The Toolbox Senior Engagement is based on the results of the summary report  for efficient senior engagement. This approach focuses on exploration and implementation. The Toolbox for Senior Engagement will be transferred into training material, addressing Quadruple Helix actors (Task4s) of the six regions Budapest, Prague, Kosice, Liguria, Graz and Lodzkie enabling them to apply senior engagement techniques in the following projects process.

T1.2 Toolbox for Business Engagement
The aim of the Toolbox for Business Engagement in co-creation is to support businesses in being involved in the co-creation processes within all the other members of the quadruple helix.
The toolbox has been designed according to the evidence of the regionals’ research and provides a set of tools focused on business engagement.  The proposed tools are : procurement for innovation/ pre-commercial procurement, matching (r&d events), network facilitators model, living lab model, business incubator model.
Contributing partners: SI4LIFE, NOWA, SPEKTRA, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Medical University of Lodz,  Technical University of Kosice.
T1.3 Handbook on Co-Creation & Open Innovation Methods for Smart Elderly Care
This concept paper is twofold, first it shall outline the mission, philosophy and ways to proceed in the TWG to develop a handbook on co-creation for the elderly and older adults, second it provides detailed instructions on carrying out regional analyses on the linkages and cooperation mechanisms within the regional innovation systems and how to collect good co-creation and open innovation practices.

Joint Guideline on the Composition and Operation of Task4s

A joint guideline is needed to set up Regional Quadruple Helix Task Forces (Task4s). This document outlines the key responsibilities of Task4s members and the expectations regarding the experience and qualification of members. It also contains suggested rules of procedure and a detailed work-plan, which ensures a standard workflow among the different regional Task4s.

Silverstar platform

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In Hungary, 7 smart solutions were tested in the pilot implementation:
1. the CleverGuard system is a novel smart-home-monitoring solution based on electricity consumption for seniors and their caregivers,
2. CoVCAP is a cloud-based IT solution that connects seniors in need of help with volunteer helpers,
3. ForeStream is a smart camera system developed to recognize and measure the early signs of dementia with the analysis of movement data, helping in prevention and early treatment.
4. InCare is a health monitoring system offering fully integrated solutions for health monitoring, home automation, indoor fall detection, personal agenda with reminders, alerts, caregiver administrative tools.
5. Medistance is a new customized health prevention, care and therapy follow-up system
6. Mental wellness is platform for games developed for the elderly, where that data can be extracted during the game, from which it can be deduced how the player's mental state has changed over time
7. Moniphone is a mobile phone with a traditional exterior, which is easy to use by the elderly, but inside it is very modern system to monitor, transfer vital signs and event signals to the supervisory body every hour or even every minute if needed.

In Austria, 3 pilots were developed:
8. SPROUT developed the prototype of a smart rolling walker to assist seniors in staying mobile even with impairments,
9. “Memorebox” developed an easy-to-use therapeutic gaming software solution that reduces the risk of falling, reduces cognitive decline and promotes social inclusion.
10. NOWA integrated senior user needs in the development of service offers for seniors.
11. The pilot NEAR2U tested in Italy aims to help seniors to orient themselves and enjoy their city with confidence, extending the safe area where people with mild cognitive decline can move freely without risk.

12. The pilot in Slovakia focused on supporting the Institute of Active Housing in the process of developing the Center for support of social rehabilitation in Obišovce and services provided in the centre.

In the Czech Republic 3 pilot projects were implemented:
13. In the AJPACH – assistive unit for users with Alzheimer´s disease pilot, the work focused one testing the usability of the device in social care services, the proof-of-concept operation of the cognitive training and testing part of the device among seniors with cognitive impairment.
14. VR Senior Pack is a set of VR applications for seniors and the aim of the pilot was to select contents for a completely new application in the set which is meant to mediate music to the end users.
15. Careos assistive system is interactive monitoring device to be used in households.

16. In Poland, the tested solution was SeniorApp, a mobile phone app for senior citizens and their families helping them find help with everyday issues and care quickly.

Project Partners

I-CARE-SMART project has 13 partners and 9 associated partners from 7 regions

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