In 2018 VITECO takes part Natiflife project funded by the European Programme Interreg Europe Italy-Malta. The common challenge of the two Regions (Sicily-Malta) tackled by this project is to provide effective technological solutions to the growing needs of independency and autonomy of elderly and disabled people.
The main project objective is the development of an innovative framework of assistive technology by a joint action among research, industrial, institutional and social sectors. The project intends to provide end-users with autonomy, thus enabling dehospitalization, staying in places of origin and avoiding to break the bonds with families. This reduces costs to the National Health System.
The NATIFLife project produces the following main outputs:
- the strengthening of two research centres, one in Malta and one in Catania-Italy, equipped with innovative facilities to perform joint disruptive research in the field of assistive technology. Research centres provide support to companies willing to tackle the field of assistive technology;
- the development of timely research and an integrated platform of assistive technology compliant with innovative and traditional solutions;
- the realisation of two pilot demo sites, one in Malta and one in Catania-Italy, where innovative and traditional solutions can be validated by end-users, through a strong joint efforts among companies, institutions and research centres. This is the first example of a joint cross-border action to bring technology close to end-users.
VITECO develops an informative portal to inform citizens about the activities carried out by the project and about the main objectives pursued and a software suitable for assistive and innovative technologies.