Personal Protection and Caring System (2PCS)      

Nowadays, more and more elderly wish to live independently as long as possible, without giving up their freedom of mobility and feeling of safety. These developments form the main reason for the Personal Protection and Caring System (2PCS) project, which aims to develop a solution that addresses this wish. The aim of the project is to improve the mobility, the information accessibility and the subjective as well as objective safety of elderly people. The intended innovative solution creates a higher independency level, security level and a better access to social interaction. As a result primary end-users will become more independent and integrated in the self-serve society.

The solution exist of a high advance “watch-like” device, that can be worn on the wrist by the, so called, primary user (e.g. elderly). In case of an emergency, the watch can be used to trigger an alarm to a (nurse/external) call center and a telephone connection between user and call center is set up. Because the solution provides indoor and outdoor localization, the primary end user can easily be tracked and traced.

The project started in July 2011 and the consortium consists of 9 partners from 5 different European countries, each with his/her own specialty to guarantee a value chain orientation. This year the solution will be widely tested in stationary and ambulant care institutions in 5 countries as well as for its private use at home.  It is planned to launch a scalable end-product on the European market in 2014.