ESSENCE – Signalgenerix

Empathic platform to personally monitor, Stimulate, enrich, and aSsist Elders aNd Children in their Environment

Project overview

ESSENCE aims at transforming the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 in a huge opportunity that exploits technology towards a deep evolution of the services targeting vulnerable populations: non- or pre-frail seniors, and children of the first years of primary school. To contribute to the public health response in the context of the ongoing epidemic, and preparedness for future emergencies, ESSENCE aims at boosting the creation of a new model of home-based care that relies on stimulation, remote monitoring, tele-assistance, and connection between users, families, and professionals.
ESSENCE builds upon the results of MoveCare H2020 and adopts an iterative optimization process between two pillars – technology transfer of a subset of successful modules and feedback received from testing on target users – with the final target of achieving CE mark and promptly entering the mark
The ESSENCE system consists of three main components:

– the Community-Based Activity Center (CBAC), a holistic platform, based on virtual rooms, providing a series of diverse activities with declared recreational, socialization, educational, and assistive purposes;
– the Monitoring Module, that gathers heterogeneous information from the activities mediated by the CBAC, a smart ink pen, and diverse applications to extract cognitive, physical, and emotion-related indicators. AI is exploited to provide personalized feedback, and alerts for deviations from physiological behaviours;
– the ESSENCE Manager, that acts as the system control unit to manage user profiling, system configuration, possible system malfunctioning, and delivery of notifications, alerts, or feedback.
Through ESSENCE, a multi-level user empowerment will be promoted both by: (i) delivering empathic feedback aimed at maximizing engagement and relieving stress; (ii) producing alerts on potential risks to family members and health and education professionals aimed at fostering early detection of possible weaknesses and anticipation of care.

Involved partners

  • Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Universita Degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
  • E-Seniors: Initiation des Seniors aux NTIC Association (France)
  • SXT s.r.l. - Sistemi per Telemedicina (Italy)
  • Fundación para la Formación e Investigación de los Profesionales de la Salud de Extremadura (Spain)
  • SignalGeneriX Ltd (Cyprus)
  • Universita Degli Studi Dell'Insubria (Italy)
  • University of Haifa (Israel)
  • Smart Com d.o.o. informacijski in komunikacijski sistemi (Slovenia)

For more information you can visit the project’s dedicated website here.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the call SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2B, grant agreement no: 101016112