2PCS - End of project results and timeline

2011
2012
2013
Lecce Prototyping and end-user workshops Eindhoven Improvements, testing and user integration Norrköping Deliverables

Deliverables

  • D1.1 - Internal alignment of business processes according to primary and secondary end-user perspective
  • D1.2 - Hardware specifications and interoperability requirements and standards
  • D1.3 - Software specifications and interoperability requirements and standards
  • D1.4 - Final business process documentation including national specifications, legal compliance and end-user perspective
  • D2.1 - Report on general hardware architecture and component definition
  • D2.2 - 2PCS body designed
  • D2.3 - 2PCS modular mobile device developed
  • D2.4 - 2PCS intelligent energy management platform concept
  • D2.5 - Hardware usability, functionality and interoperability test reports
  • D3.1 - Report on general software architecture
  • D3.2 - Secure, isolated and autonomous data repository developed
  • D3.3 - 2PCS rule engine and decision logic developed
  • D3.4 - 2PCS backend (integration/middleware) software developed
  • D3.5 - 2PCS frontend software developed
  • D3.6 - Software usability, functionality and interoperability test reports
  • D4.1 - End-user orientated scientific approach plan for ambulant and stationary use cases
  • D4.2 - Reports on pilot testing per use case (including adjustment instructions for WP2 and WP3)
  • D4.3 - Final report and final adjustments implemented
  • D4.4 - End-user evaluation paper
  • D5.1 - Internal dissemination strategy and scaling paper
  • D5.2 - Final dissemination, strategy, process and scaling definition report
  • D5.3 - Product standardisation report and documentation
  • D5.4 - Business Plan
  • D6.1 - 12-month project management and compliance report
  • D6.2 - Overall project management and compliance report

Norrköping 2013

After being already present at 2 AAL forums, the consortium decided to also participate at the AAL forum in Norrkoping. In cooperation with UIBK, M&A organized an official side-event focusing on 2PCS’s innovation process and the transition into the go-to-market phase.

The forum organization invited all AAL projects to participate in organizing a side event. 2PCS handed in a proposal, which had been accepted and accordingly 2PCS was planned on Monday evening the 23rd of September, which gave the idea to organize a social evening event on top of the side event, as nothing was organized but the official organization. So, with the help of the Amiando, the 2 events were promoted and several email invitations were sent to all contacts that were gathered during the project. Eventually, 2PCS can look back on 2 successful events.

In addition to the side-event, 2PCS was presented at a booth where AAL experts and stakeholders could see and discuss the current development and future challenges for the 2PCS project.

Feedback from AAL experts and stakeholders

Risks and pitfalls:

  • Is 2PCS in compliance with DIN0834?
  • Battery life is crucial
  • Privacy issues are a concern
  • Who bears the costs of 2PCS? And how much are they?
  • USPs of 2PCS need to be worked on, as single device systems will not be as important in the future, with smartphone and services gaining traction
  • Outline a generous schedule for the next steps
  • Ensure proper training of the call center employees

Suggestions:

  • Consider Bluetooth LE
  • Use the accelerometer to identify the risk situation more precisely and its severity
  • Improve on the design of the 2PCS device. It's too big and looks too much like a product for the elderly
  • Have a family member or informal caregiver who can be contacted and has access to the data
  • Consider a touch display for the 2PCS device
  • Modular design would offer a greater variety of indoor localization technologies
  • Use social services to access a bigger pool of potential customers
  • Offer end-user initiated tracking, that allows them to be tracked without a prior incident, e.g. increase security on the way home

Positive Feedback:

  • Seems very valuable
  • An impressive solution and interesting for the market
  • One of the most marketable solution on the AAl Forum
  • Impressive research

Improvements, testing and user integration

The 2PCS system was field tested under real circumstances at 5 locations - 3 Business Edition, 1 Home Edition and 1 Private Edition location, with more than 320 test users.

Based on the feedback received, 2PCS put together a catalogue of improvements for the next iteration of the system, grouped by the following categories:

  • Missing functionalities
  • Optimization of indoor localization and accuracy
  • Improvements of existing functionalities
  • 2PCS as a nurse call system
  • Actions to be performed in 2PCS
  • DECT connection
  • Quality of life improvement for staff members

The constant stream of feedback helped with the iterative improvement process of the 2PCS system, resulting in a new set of watch and software user interface

Watch the videos of the workshops and tests

Eindhoven 2012

The 2PCS project consortium presented the first alpha prototypes of 2PCS to a broader audience as well as showcased prototypes that were still in development (3D prints, Mockups, CAD drawings). Further, the external crowdsourcing platform was first opened to the public and a raffle for the first registered users was held in order to attract people to the 2PCS booth and generate traffic and attention for the crowdsourcing and 2PCS in general. The first public crowdsourcing campaigns lasted until 11th of November. Further, 2PCS had the opportunity to present the project in a 2 minute elevator pitch styled presentation to a large audience of AAL stakeholders and experts.

The consortium also had team members partaking in the AAL Young Researchers side-event where the scientific approach and findings of 2PCS were presented to other aspiring researchers.

End-user requirement analysis

2PCS assessed the end-user requirements through various quantitative and qualitative analysis and workshops with 2830 and 110 users, respectively, and voted on the importance of the functional requirements and the desired look and feel of the software user interface.

Prototyping

Based on the requirement catalogue, 2PCS developed the first prototypes for the watch device and the web-based software user interface.

Lecce 2011

The consortium of the 2PCS AAL JP project presented their innovative approach to integrate the primary and secondary end-users plus the scientific community and sector experts in the development process for the aimed “watch like” AAL-solution. A unique mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods is used to let the core target group actively and sustainable participate within this life cycle orientated project. In particular the new 2PCS crowdsourcing platform was introduced and presented at the forum.

Additionally to the 2PCS project partners of the consortium presented their know-how and services. All the listed things presented at a booth where visual material (poster and PP presentation) was used to catch the audience’s attention and increase the interest. Further advertising material which was used were information sheets and flyers of all partners being part of the project consortium. Besides this, the project consortium presented the planned activities giving an elevator pitch. To establish our network a short questionnaire including the general personal data, as well as postcards including our contact data and the address of our crowdsourcing platform were provided for the visitors at our booth.