European project: SMART-BEAR

European project: SMART-BEAR


Programme: H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2018-2

SmartBear Logo3Title: SMART-BEAR - Smart Big Data Platform to Offer Evidence-based Personalised Support for Healthy and Independent Living at Home

Project duration: 48 months

Project Summary: It is a fact that the European population growth is slowing down, while the population ageing accelerates. Rapid increases in the elderly population are predicted for the coming decades due to the ageing of post-war baby births. Within Europe’s ageing population, Hearing Loss, Cardio Vascular Diseases, Cognitive Impairments, Mental Health Issues and Balance Disorders, as well as Frailty, are prevalent conditions, with tremendous social and financial impact. Preventing, slowing the development of or dealing effectively with effects of the above impairments can have a significant impact on the quality of life and lead to significant savings in the cost of healthcare services. Digital tools hold the promise for many health benefits that can enhance the independent living and well-being of the elderly.

Motivated by the above, the aim of the SMART-BEAR platform is to integrate heterogeneous sensors, assistive medical and mobile devices to enable the continuous data collection from the everyday life of the elderly, which will be analysed to obtain the evidence needed in order to offer personalised interventions promoting their healthy and independent living. The platform will also be connected to hospital and other health care service systems to obtain data of the end users (e.g., medical history) that will need to be considered in making decisions for interventions.
SMART-BEAR will leverage big data analytics and learning capabilities, allowing for large scale analysis of the above mentioned collected data, to generate the evidence required for making decisions about personalised interventions. Privacy-preserving and secure by design data handling capabilities, covering data at rest, in processing, and in transit, will cover comprehensively all the components and connections utilized by the SMART-BEAR platform.

The SMART-BEAR platform will be tested and validated through five large scale pilots, spanning five different countries and 5.000 individuals: France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Romania. The pilots will enable the evaluation of the platform in the context of healthcare service delivery by private and public providers at regional, state and EU level, and demonstrate its efficacy, extensibility, sustainability, and cost effectiveness for the individual and the healthcare system.

25 partners will collaborate together to the achievement of this large-scale European project:

‧ CATEL France
‧ StreamVision France
‧ Athens Technology Centre Greece
‧ Foundation for Research and Technology Greece
‧ Institute of Communication & Computer Systems Greece
‧ Municipality of Palaio Faliro Greece
‧ National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece
‧ Region of Peloponnese Greece
‧ University of Ioannina Greece
‧ International Business Machines Corporation Israel
‧ CNR ICAR Italy
‧ Comunita' Sociale Cremasca Italy
‧ Fondazione Centro San Raffaele Italy
‧ Lombardia Informatica Italy
‧ Università degli Studi di Milano Italy
‧ Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. Netherlands
‧ Fundatia Ana Aslan International Romania
‧ IT Support Solutions Romania
‧ ATOS Spain S.A. Spain
‧ Innovatec Spain
‧ Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Spain
‧ Sphynx Technology Solutions Switzerland
‧ Bird and Bird United Kingdom
‧ City, University of London United Kingdom


Numerous publications are planned in order to follow the progress of this very ambitious European project. You can access the first newsletter on Smart Bear here.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857172



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