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 will participating for the “Robotics for Active & Assisted Living” session during the eHealth Week 2016. The session will be held on the 9th June at 10.30–12.00. During the session the areas where robotics and domotics have added value to people will be identified and practical guidelines for implementation initiatives will we shared. CEO Maja Rudinac will be ptiching LEA care robot and Funding Manger Andy Bleaden will be joining the discussion panel where the benefits and barriers regarding scaling up and implementation of robotics and domotics are covered. For more information visit eHealth Week Programme.
SILVER Final Conference will be held on 7th June in Amsterdam. During the Conference, we will share the results of the SILVER project and discuss the Pre-Commercial Procurement process as an innovative tool for public procurement. Both procurers’ and contractors’ views on Pre-Commercial Procurement as well as on best practices will be shared. Furthermore, the successful Phase 3 solution LEA care robot will be presented by the contractor, Robotics Care Systems. On the same date, SILVER project will host an workshop session which takes a deeper look into the recommendations for the future Pre-Commercial Procurement projects. See the programme and register!
SILVER was invited to join “Healthcare challenges and the underexploited role of innovation procurement (PPI/ PCP)” workshop which was hosted by DG Connect and the EPP eHealth project on the 11th of May 2016 in Brussels. This workshop brought together key actors and those engaged in healthcare PPI and PCP projects, buyers and supply chain representatives and EC officers. The workshop reviewed current state of the art, considered barriers and opportunities, and proposed future calls to enable the wider adoption of innovation procurement. During the workshop, Funding Manger Andy Bleaden presented the lessons learned as well as the results of the SILVER project.