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.
SILVER Final Conference was held on the 7th of June in Amsterdam. During the Conference, the results of the SILVER project were shared and recommendations for the future Pre-Commercial Procurement projects were given. Furthermore, Robot Care Systems demonstrated the LEA (Lean Elderly Assistant) and also shared valuable insights from the SME’s point of view. On the same date, the SILVER project hosted a workshop session which took a deeper look into the recommendations for the upcoming Pre-Commercial Procurement exercises. Final Event materials are downloadable via this link.
Read the latest SILVER Newsletter to learn about the Phase 3 prototype tests in all the partnering countries. We also tell about the SILVER Final Conference where the results of the SILVER project were shared and recommendations for the future Pre-Commercial Procurement exercises were given. Furthermore, we tell about eHealth Week 2016 where the SILVER project as well as the LEA Care robot were target to great interest. Read SILVER Newsletter 2016.
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. Robot Care Systems 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.
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.
Read the latest SILVER Newsletter to learn about the Phase 2 lab demonstrations in Odense and what the procurers learnt. We also tell about the SILVER Decision panel meeting and share its results. Furthermore, we present you LEA care robot and the ambitious expectations of its creator, Robot Care Systems. We will also invite you to the SILVER workshops which are held during the spring and summer of 2016. To read the SILVER Newsletter, follow this link.
LEA robot by Robot Care Systems is the first mobile personal assistant which is designed to enable the elderly to live independently at home. LEA can offer help with daily routines and housekeeping. It also stimulates the elderly to stay active and can act as a personal trainer – or even as a dancing partner. Because of these functionalities, LEA can be used also for rehabilitation. Furthermore, in Phase 3, cognitive software will be added in order to enable LEA to remember and recognize objects, faces and places, for example. To read full summary of LEA, please follow this link.
SILVER consortium has been very pleased to learn, that there has been wide interest towards LEA and it has already succeeded in several innovation competitions. Robot Care Systems has been shortlisted for a Shell Innovation Award and has been audited and found suitable to receive Innovation Credit from FCO Netherlands. Futhermore, Rabobank has shortlisted Robot Care Systems for the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award. The shortlisting also comes with the opportunity to have a video about Robot Care Systems and LEA produced and publicised.
During the latest SILVER assessment panel held on August 20th in London, the Phase 3 tenders were evaluated. The panel decided to award a contract to Robot Care Systems (formerly Lerovis) with LEA (formerly Lecorob). From the three Phase 2 prototypes – Helping Hand, Lecorob and Iron Arm – only the last two met the competition’s minimum criteria and were allowed to enter the third phase of the SILVER Pre-Commercial Procurement process. Out of the two, only LEA met the minimum threshold in the Phase 3 competition and was invited to sign a contract for the real-life testing of their solution in the SILVER municipalities. The aim of these tests is to check how the prototypes developed in Phase 2 actually perform in real-world conditions.
SILVER consortium gathered in Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark for the Phase 2 tests on 15th–17th April 2015. During the three-day lab-demonstrations the prototypes of Lecorob, Helping Hand and Iron Arm were reviewed regarding safety by the SILVER consortium and the healthcare experts. The aim was to ensure that the prototypes are safe enough to be tested with end-users during the following week. During these extensive safety and usability tests the prototypes were evaluated comprehensively and the contractors received detailed feedback. External experts together with the SILVER consortium procurers will assess the phase 3 applications and decide who the winning contractors will be in August 2015.
Phase 2 contractors had a meeting with procurers on the 19th September in Utrecht, Netherlands. The goal of the one-day meeting was to go over the next steps of the second phase of the pre-commercial procurement process, such as test process and assessment criteria. In April 2015, all three solutions – Lecorob, Helping and and Iron arm – will be tested regarding time saving, safety and usability at Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark. To learn more about Phase 2, follow link.
Read the latest SILVER Newsletter to learn about the Phase 2 lab demonstrations in Odense and what the procurers learnt. We also tell about the SILVER Decision panel meeting and share its results. Furthermore, we present you LEA care robot and the ambitious expectations of its creator, Robot Care Systems. We will also invite you to our final workshops which are held during the spring and summer of 2016.
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 Robocare 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.
The phase 1 of the SILVER Pre-Commercial Procurement process has been launched on the 1st of October 2013. This phase is a feasibility study during which successful tenderers are expected to verity the technical, economic and organizational feasibility of their ideas. The phase 1 will last for 6 months ending on the 31st of March 2014. The total budget for this phase is 350.000 EUR. If you want to view all phases of the SILVER Pre-Commercial Procurement process, please follow this link.
The SILVER consortium has now finished the assessment phase of the SILVER call for tender. In total, seven small or medium size European companies and/or consortia have succeeded in the assessment stage of the competition. Please note that all proposals are still subject to grant offer and conditions being met. Only after this can the first phase of PCP process be started. To view the summaries of successful proposals, please follow this link.
The consortium received in total 32 tenders by the time SILVER call was closed yesterday, on the 12th of June. All tenders are reviewed by a selected panel of experts within two weeks time. Each tender is assessed by five experts with knowledge of elderly care, robotics and/or general business knowledge. Based on the experts’ assessments, a preliminary ranking of the tenders is made. This ranking will be inspected and reviewed by a decision panel which will make the final decision on which tenderers are to be awarded contracts. The assessment criteria can be viewed from the SILVER Invitation to Tender.
On the 30th of May 2013, the first European Forum for Public Procurement of healthcare Innovation was held in Paris. For the first time at European level, a dialogue was created between public purchasers in the healthcare sector and representatives from the industry and innovation specialized bodies. The goal of the event was to promote and recognize the fact that innovative products and services contribute to the healthcare sector performance. Carla Dekker, National Coordinator for SILVER in the Netherlands, held a presentation over the SILVER project and the next steps of the PCP process with over 150 participants listening. To view the presentation, please follow this link.
SILVER consortium hosted an online Information Day on the 24th of April 2013. During this event the SILVER brief and the content of the challenge were presented together with the overview of the application process. Furthermore, conditions and assessment process were covered in detail. Participants were also allowed to submit questions in the end. The presentations and the recording over the SILVER Information Day is now available for downloads.
On the 1st of March, an international PCP has been opened to acquire robotics based technologies that support independent living for the elderly. When the call is closed on the 12th of June 2013, the PCP process will be executed in three phases, ending in March 2016. The result will be two to three prototypes to be tested in all partnering countries. To view the SILVER Invitation to Tender and Challenge Brief documents, visit registration page.
The output of the market consultation gave a full insight into the current state of the art of robotics. It allowed contributors to give feedback on how our current robotics definition could perhaps be modified making the SILVER desired outcome clearer. Additional feedback also allowed the consortia to take into account comments regarding the number of prototypes that would be created for testing through the final phase. It was indicated by those who participated that the budget for a SILVER solution was adequate. View the Market Consultation Outcomes document from here.
At the moment, the SILVER consortium is preparing a PCP challenge. An essential part of this process is to carry out a European-wide market consultation. With the market consultation, the consortium collects insights into the market; the state of the art and future developments of robotics in elderly care, in order to prepare an adequate procurement with the right and feasible scope. Therefore, all companies in the EU are invited to participate in this process and share their knowledge via the online questionnaire by 31 October 2012. Read more
The yearly conference of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme will take place in Evoluon in Eindhoven between 24 and 27 September. The SILVER consortium will host a session on Tuesday 26 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm (Room Neptune). The title of the session is “Pre-Commercial Procurement” and it will explain what kind of an instrument PCP is and how to apply for the actual call. The session will be held under Track C: “Business and Investment”. To see the full program for AAL Forum 2012 click here.
At the beginning of the year 2013, an international Pre-Commercial Procurement call is being opened to acquire the research and development of new robotics based technologies that support independent living for the elderly. The call will be open for tenders for three months from its open date and will be open to all EU members and associated state countries. The tenders are evaluated according to the same criteria regardless of country of origin or size. Read more