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.
The project SILVER officially ended on 31 August 2016. The work, however, is not yet compete. The six procurers from five countries are developing plans to continue working with the Robot Care Systems in order to support them in the further development of LEA. Specifically, the prototype of LEA needs to pass several stages of re-design and certification to be ready for commercial procurement. These activities are not coordinated within the SILVER project since the Phase 4 (Commercialization) of the Pre-Commercial Procurement falls out of the scope of the SILVER project.
The SILVER project participated for the “Robotics for Active & Assisted Living” session during the eHealth Week 2016. During the session Robotic Care System CEO Maja Rudinac pitched the LEA Care robot and Funding Manager Andy Leaden (City of Stockport) took part in discussion panel where the benefits and barriers regarding scaling up and implementation of robotics and domestics were covered. Furthermore, the SILVER participated for the eHealth Week expo. The eHealth Week participants were very interested in “test driving” LEA and also the Pre-Commercial Procurement process utilized in the SILVER project was subject to many discussions.
Three videos has been produced in order to demonstrate the key results of the SILVER project. First of the videos demonstrates the validity of the Pre-Commercial Procurement process to allow new innovations to be developed over a three-phase process. The second video demonstrates the validity of the testing process and end user engagement to support further development of the prototype. The third video focuses on demonstrating the validity of the LEA Care robot to meet the requirements of the procurers. Videos are available via the following links: LEA – Lean Elderly Assistant, LEA User video and LEA Demonstration video.