Ageing without Losing Mobility and Autonomy
ALMA is a research project within the AMBIENT ASSISTED LIVING JOINT PROGRAMME (AAL JP). ALMA aims to support the autonomous mobility, navigation, and orientation of the mobility-impaired person (elderly and/or temporarily or permanently disabled person) through the realization and combination of a set of advanced hardware and software technologies into an integrated and modular cost-effective system composed by:
- An indoor localization system based on a network of low-cost and low-power RF emitters, to provide room level localization of people and objects;
- An ad-hoc, autonomic hardware/software system based on networked smart cameras providing accurate indoor and outdoor localization, environment monitoring, and situation assessment;
- A system for on-line planning and scheduling of users’ paths and activities, matching users’ specific needs with the state of the environment and of resources;
- A Personal Mobility Kit for electric powered wheelchairs, allowing them to perform automatic or assisted navigation and to interact with the surrounding environment;
- A Personal Navigation Assistant, providing a user-friendly interface to all ALMA functionalities, tailored to the specific user requirements and physical limitations.
Two pilot applications, presenting different scenarios and therapeutic issues for both primary (elderly, rehabilitation patients) and secondary (care givers) end-users will guide project development. They will also provide on-field assessment of the produced technology, both as a fully integrated system and as a subset of interacting modules.
ALMA is a consortium of 8 members from four different countries: Switzerland, Italy, UK, and Germany. The consortium includes 3 academic research institutes, 3 SMEs, and 2 care-giver institutions.
In the AAL Joint Programme, ALMA is financed by the European Commission and the National Funding Agencies of the four countries to which the partners of the ALMA consortium belong to.