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 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!
The European Robotics Forum is an annual networking conference of euRobotics. In 2016, the event will be held on 21–23 March in Ljubljana, Slovania. The SILVER project will host a workshop on 21 March titled “Pre-Commercial Procurement Enabling Robotics Based Care-Innovations for the Elderly”. The workshop will present the results of the SILVER project as well as introduce the mobile personal assistant LEA. The workshop will also explore the possibilities of PCP when procuring innovations. To see the full programme and to register, please follow this link.
SILVER is very pleased to announce that Robot Care Systems won the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award for Healthcare with LEA. The Award of the Rabobank stimulates entrepreneurs to transform a sustainable idea into a commercially successful innovation. The Robot Care Systems team collected 30,000 euros for the further development of their solution. The Herman Wijffels Innovation Award is just one of the prizes received by the Robot Care Systems. They have also won the Shell LiveWire award and have been found suitable to receive Innovation Credit from FCO Netherlands.