Robot-Era

Robot-Era Robot-Era Duration: 01.01.2012 > 31.12.2015
The Robot-Era Project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement num. 288899
FP7 - ICT - Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance

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11 - Municipality of Peccioli (MOP), Peccioli, Italy

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANIZATION

Logo Municipality of PeccioliPeccioli is a small town set in Tuscany (Italy) having about 5.000 inhabitants with a big percentage of elderly people: about 25% of the inhabitants are more than 65 years old. Peccioli inhabitants, though on average quite old, are characterized by an open attitude towards technological innovation. Indeed, the Municipality of Peccioli has a strong inclination in testing and using advanced technologies to provide citizens with excellent public services. Moreover, since 1995 Peccioli Municipality has been collaborating on joint research projects with Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), which has given the possibility to citizens to use and tests very advanced research and experimentation facilities on aging, telemedicine, domotics, rehabilitation technologies, energy, environment, wellness, and so on. Such positive attitude towards the technology and the previous collaborations with SSSA were determinant in the choice of Peccioli as the site for testing Robot-Era services.


MAIN TASKS WITHIN THE PROJECT

MoP is one of the stakeholder and it will participate in all the activities related to the user – and  town – needs design, to the setting up of the experimental robotic services, and to the validation trials. In particular, the Municipality of Peccioli and TechnoDeal will manage and organise all the local activities in Peccioli. The Municipality of Peccioli will provide all facilities to support the experimentations of the robotic services. Thanks to the Robot-Era project the Municipality of Peccioli will offer to its elderly citizens the possibility to use and test the advanced Robot-Era services for ADL employing multiple robotic platforms. The Municipality of Peccioli is also intending to set up infrastructures and frameworks able to overcome the gap between service robotics technologies and the market, also offering the possibility to evaluate performance, safety, usability, dependability and sustainability of the robotics experiences with standardized metrics and benchmarks, as well as unique opportunities for regulatory.


PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

The most important experience in Peccioli was the testing of the robot DustCart: from 15th June 2010 to 7th August 2010 Peccioli became among the few places in the world in which a robot was used to carry out a public service in the urban environment. 35 families accepted to trash their domestic waste using the robot DustCart, an autonomous mobile robot designed to collect and transport rubbish bags. During the testing period the robot travelled along the public streets of Peccioli, coexisting, interacting and sharing the urban area with users, pedestrians, bicycles cars, etc. It allowed to develop a new business model consisting of: to familiarize the social community with innovations; to educate people to a new awareness about innovation usefulness; less price of services. This is not the only experience developed in Peccioli: several research projects were carried out, focused on technological aids and gerontechnologies, such as the HUMAN project, that developed technological and organisational solutions for improving prisoner care performance; the “LISA – Learning in Senior Age” project, that set the aim of creating and consolidating “Learning Regions”, social-territorial areas actively supporting the continuous learning of citizens, with particular attention towards the continuous education of elderly people; the LENA – Learning in the
Post-professional Phase project, the natural follower of the LISA project, that developed, using a participating and cooperative approach, a real empowerment educational programme for the elderly, representing the core of a truly Lifelong Learning curriculum; the MOVEMENT project (Modular Versatile Mobility Enhancement Technology), that developed a modular robotic system supporting mobility in home environments for people with different levels and types of disability; the RISDOM project, “Accident risk analysis and the prevention, monitoring and management of home accidents”, entirely carried out in Peccioli that aimed to define and experimentally verify, by way of research activities related to Bioengineering for Home Risk Prevention, a series of innovative technological methods and systems to prevent and reduce the risk of accidents at home; the ENABLE project, that studied, developed and validated an intervention model that could respond effectively and in a personalised manner to the needs of disabled people and of the rehabilitation system in terms of maintaining or recovering the greatest possible level of independence, especially in the presence of highly impaired motor and functional capacities, as in the case of patients suffering from ALS; and several others.

 

PEOPLE

Silvano Crecchi is the Mayor of the Municipality of Peccioli since 2009. He is a young politician that has always believed in the importance of innovation. He is favouring the growing of Peccioli from several points of view and in particular in the production of green energy through solar panels, the garbage recycling and storage, and the green tourism.

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Robot-Era

Implementation and integration of advanced Robotic systems and intelligent Environments in real scenarios for the ageing population