About ReAAL

Whether health, safety, comfort, social integration or support of mobility – assistance might be needed in any possible aspect of daily life. From an investment point of view, the AAL market should allow individuals in danger of losing independence to pick the set of applications and services of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) over time in conjunction with actual needs, as they arise. Open platforms are supposed to be the enabler for such gradual system evolution and support products and services to become more affordable, future-proof, adaptable, and accessible.

ReAAL investigates these assumptions via a number of pilots, each with a different focus. If the platform’s usefulness can be shown and the related technical knowledge is spread to an associated community of interest, a self-organizing AAL ecosystem will emerge, from which diverse stakeholders will benefit: application and technology vendors, service providers, public authorities and policy makers, sponsors, and the consumer masses, foremost those people who wish to be able to avoid dependency on nursing homes, preferring to continue to live independently in their own homes.

In search of answers...

At least since the community activity known as The Lecce Declaration, a central question is haunting the minds of many AAL stakeholders:

Will open platforms be able to help achieving AAL market breakthrough?

The strategy in ReAAL for answering this question is based on the investigation of the following more tangible questions:

  • What are the key selling points of open platforms?
  • What is the evidence that those features are fulfilled by a certain platform (in this case universAAL) in reality?
  • What are the costs for the different stakeholders to adopt universAAL?
  • What is the evidence that the costs pay off?

ReAAL promise

promote standards, guidelines and open platforms for interoperable solutions in the domain of active and independent living

demonstrate by 2015 an ICT ecosystem that uses them in pilot sites involving at least 5000 users in at least five countries

ReAAL will:

  • validate the role of common open platforms in putting interoperability standards in place
  • measure the related socio-economic impact
    • a multidimensional evaluation framework will allow to also consider the ethical, legal, market, quality of life, and user experience impacts in addition to the socio-economic impact
  • analyse the effectiveness of pilots’ value chains and derive replication guidelines
  • publish findings and recommendations, esp. lessons learned and best practices on technical and organisational aspects of deployment and public procurement, in a public knowledge portal to serve as the ultimate reference for future roll-outs



Mohammad Reza (Saied) Tazari
Fraunhofer IGD – Interactive Multimedia Appliances
E-mail: saied.tazari_at_igd.fraunhofer.de
Tel.: +49 6151 155-228
Fax: +49 6151 155-480



  1. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer IGD)
  2. AJT GmbH & Co KG (AJT)
  3. Baerum municipality (Baerum)
  4. Badalona Serveis Assistencials S.A. (BSA)
  5. National Research Council (CNR: CNR-IMM & CNR-ISTI)
  6. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute for Health Policy and Management (EUR)
  8. Ibemática S.A  (Ibematica)
  9. MedCom – The Danish Health Data Network (MedCom)
  10. The Municipality of Odense, Denmark (ODE)
  11. PUGLIA REGION – Department for Social Programming and Socio-health Integration (PUGLIA)
  12. Stichting RijnmondNet, representing Health Portal Rijnmond (RijnmondNet)
  14. Stichting Smart Homes (SmH)
  15. Tercera Edad Activa, S.L. (TEA @ Mondial Assistance)
  17. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Research group LifeSTech (UPM)
  18. Universitat Politècnica de València - Research group ITACA tsb (UPVLC)