Viennese Active & Assisted Living Test Region

As part of the Viennese AAL Test Region (WAALTeR) integrated technologies and accompanying service are tested in 83 Viennese households. Over the course of the project it is examined how those technologies and services will influence the quality of life of the subjects.

Social integration, security, health and mobility for elderly people, who want to live a happy and autonomous life in familiar surroundings for as long as possible. Those are the core themes of the project WAALTeR – Viennese AAL Test Region. AAL (active & assisted living) stands for smart technological support in the daily routine of elderly people.

WAALTeR deals with demographic challenges, issues related to health policies as well as the omnipresent digitalisation of the everyday life. Based on current Viennese concepts and results of (inter)national AAL projects, WAALTeR develops individual service packages in order to allow elderly people to live an autonomous life in familiar surroundings with a high quality of life.

In the sense of empowerment and participation users are given room for action in the areas social integration, security and health plus the cross-cutting issue mobility. By that skills and motivation for an active life are reinforced. Furthermore, personal security and health are improved through the encouragement of individual activity and social integration, societal participation and autonomy are promoted.

WAALTeR addresses active users in heterogeneous forms of living and care in an urban environment and supports them in the context of their physical and social surroundings. Various integrated technologies with accompanying services are tested in 83 Viennese households. Among others tablets and apps are used to enable and facilitate communication and to support the people in planning and realising social activities in groups or alone. Moreover, mobile emergency systems, indoor tumble detection sensors, tumble prevention systems, health information and telemedicine are tested in order to further security and health in the daily routine. In the course of the project these 83 households plus 35 control households are analysed in the scope of an empirical-experimental evaluation study. The focus is on how these technologies and services influence the quality of life of the subjects. The results are to be incorporated into future care processes. The project runs from December 2016 until November 2019.

Project Partners

WAALTeR is supported through the BMVIT/FFG programme “ICT of the future: benefit – demographic change as opportunity (IKT der Zukunft: benefit – Demografischer Wandel als Chance)” and commissioned by the City of Vienna, Chief Executive Office – Executive Group for Organisation and Security – Work Group for Process Management and ICT-Strategy (MD-OS/PIKT). The Smart City Vienna Agency (Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH) holds the project lead. There are eleven project partners: Austian Institute of Technology; Wirtschaftspsychologische Unternehmensberatung GmbH; TU Wien; Wiener Sozialdienste Alten- und Pflegedienste GmbH; Johanniter Österreich Ausbildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH; Fonds Soziales Wien; Microtronics Engineering GmbH; Dr. Bernard Rupp; CogVis Software und Consulting GmbH; ILOGS Mobile Software GmbH und FragNebenan GmbH.


DI Julia Sauskojus

UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH






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