Population ageing is a long-term trend which began several decades ago in the EU as well as in the rest of the world. That is why the EU is making systematic efforts to support the active and healthy aging of its citizens. The EU firmly believes that ITC technologies are key to achieving this goal and invests in innovative developments in this area.
An important tool to get ITC technology to help older people is the EU Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Programme. It is set to bring new ICT-based products, solutions and service concepts onto the market. The program is an excellent opportunity to ensure sustainability by bringing to market some of SAAM results after its completion.
For this reason, the SAAM partner consortium logically showed a keen interest in the two-day information session on the AAL Programme in Brussels, Belgium. SAAM representative, Nadejda Miteva (BILSP), participated not only in the information day on 31st January but also in the business matching on 1st February 2018.
During the first day, the participants got acquainted with the mission and objectives of the AAL Programme and its place in the digital transformation of health and care in the EU.
The second day was dedicated to the business side of AAL solutions, including why business development is crucial for the success of projects under the AAL Programme, what the specificities of the AAL markets (public and private) are, including stakeholders, purchase schemes, national peculiarities with special focus on integrated solutions, why IPR is important, where the role of the end-user is, and what are the best approaches towards exploitation of AAL products created under an AAL-funded project. The event was closed with a collaborative workshop for building successful consortia.
Find more about the AAL programme: http://www.aal-europe.eu/