SILVER (Supporting Independent LiVing for the Elderly through Robotics) is a development project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7).
The SILVER project searches for new technologies to assist elderly people in their everyday lives. By the use of robotics or other related technologies, the elderly can continue independent living at home even if they have physical or cognitive disabilities.
The new technologies and solutions are sought by using a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process. In Europe, the PCP has so far been an under-utilized tool for promoting innovation. One of the aims of this project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach to address societal and governmental needs.
SILVER project has attracted wide interest, for example, among the public sector actors as well as innovative companies. During the spring of 2014, the SILVER project has been presented in many events and seminars including IMAILE Capacity Building Seminar, I Meeting Experiences Innovation in Health and EC Concentration meeting on PCP. Furthermore, SILVER was invited by the Commission to attend the Information Day for Horizon 2020 for ICT 23 and 24 Robotics to share experiences on running a successful pre-commercial procurement. Regarding the upcoming events, SILVER will be presented during the AAL Forum 2014.
During the meeting held in London on the 30th of May 2014, Phase 2 tenders were evaluated by a decision panel. Based on this assessment three tenderers were awarded with contracts: Bioservo Technologies with Iron Arm, Alten Mechatronics with Helping Hand and Lerovis B.V. with Lecorob. The selection was based on an applications process, which outlined the plans for Phase 2. Awards are subject to final contract signature. For detailed information regarding successful tenderers, please follow this link.
Phase 1 of the SILVER PCP process has now been completed. Currently the End of Phase reports are begin assessed in terms of satisfactory completion time and quality of the work as well as technical and commercial feasibility of the solutions to address the PCP challenge against the solution requirements. Those that succeeded in Phase 1 evaluation are invited to submit a bid for Services for Phase 2.