Projekt Background - Preliminary Feasibility Study


Topic: hybrid communication technologies in the care industry
Project type: feasibility study
Duration: 01.11.2008 - 31.07.2009
Volume: € 100.700.-
Funding quota: 49,65 %
Co-funded by: Tyrolean location agency (Standortagentur)


Goal of the preliminary feasibility study:

The consortium of the feasibility study was supposed to evaluate and demonstrate the potential of a unique innovative technical solution and research orientated approach to support elderly gaining mobility and freedom of movement by improving the subjective and objective safety from the point of view of all involved end-users. The task was to outline a handy device for primary end-users that should support indoor and outdoor localization in emergency situations. First basic requierements of secondary end-users of the care market were specified.
The study should focus on following relevant project dimensions:

  • Legal Feasibility
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Economic Feasibility

A clearly defined goal regarding the proposed solution was to secure the personal privacy, to be minimal invasive, to take the end-user needs under consideration and to involve all relevant stakeholders that would be of importance in the later development and research process.

Outcome of the preliminary feasibility study:

The feasibility study provided a first detailed analysis of all relevant project dimensions and showed the high potetial of the outlined innovative solution using active RFID, GPS and GSM to provide indoor and outdoor localization posibilities. Additionally it was shown that the adaption of business and technical processes, which were defined on a meta level and were resulting in a good overview for future development activities, could secure end-users confidence in the proposed solution. The requirements to provide legal compliance were checked and conclusions were generated how the necessary compliance could be reached.
Via a rapid prototyping approach a first rudimentary prototype (software and hardware) was created to test basic functionallities.

In summary the consortium has shown that the legal, the technical and the economic feasibility of the supportive and innovative personal security solution is realizable.

After the preliminary feasibility study, a work and action plan was formulated by UIBK which included a value chain and life phase orientated development model. The focus was to intensivly involve primary and secondary end-users in all future research and development activities to secure end-user acceptance. The basic 2PCS idea and proposal was born.