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EIT Digital bringing light to elderly people’s lives with Bright Ageing

EIT Digital Bright Ageing

EIT Digital launches Bright Ageing, an innovation activity based on a connected lighting system.

The lighting system provides lighting conditions that match the specific needs of elderly people to enable them to live independently at home.

Kars-Michiel H.Lenssen, Bright Ageing Activity Leader part of Philips Lighting explains: 'With BrightAgeing, wireless motion sensors can detect movements and automatically provide the right light at the right moment. Poor light is one of the main causes of domestic accidents for seniors. Besides, elderly people need 3 to 10 times more light compared to an average person. In the future, our connected lighting system could also give visual alerts such as reminders for medication.'

A pilot of Bright Ageing, a smart lighting and sensor platform, will first be installed and validated in elderly homes in Helsinki, Finland. It is aimed to improve wellbeing and reduce costs for elderly care.

The pilot will allow the development of a data analytics service and obtain the proof points that are needed to commercialise the system and service. BrightAgeing partners of EIT Digital are: Philips LightingForum Virium Helsinki OyTieto Oyj and the City of Helsinki Service Centre.

The assets of the solution:

  • Intuitive and unobtrusive technology
  • Existing consumer electronics system basis
  • No 'fragility' stigma and increased comfort and wellbeing of the end user
  • Significant cost savings for home care
  • Easy installation

The main markets we will reach will be home care organisations, caregivers and families of elderly people.

The Digital Wellbeing Action Line leverages digital technologies to stay healthy (prevention and early detection) or cope with an existing chronic condition. Both physical and mental wellbeing are considered. The solutions generally rely on enabling consumers to be well-informed about their wellbeing and to be able to use digital instrumentation to monitor and improve their quality of life, according to the motto "an ounce of prevention is worth at least a pound of cure."

EIT Digital seeks to generate significant innovations from top European research. As such, we focus our investments on a limited number of innovation areas known as Innovation Action Lines, that we have selected with respect to their European relevance and leadership potential. Each Innovation Action Line comprises a portfolio of activities including:
open Innovation Activities carried out by the EIT Digital Partners, and
fast-growing technology startups that are ready to scale commercially.
Our Innovation Activities deliver new products or services, create startups and spin-offs to commercialise outputs from projects, and encourage the transfer of technologies for market entry.

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