Research project

SMART BEAR - Smart Big Data Platform to Offer Evidence-based Personalised Support for Healthy and Independent Living at Home (DIT.AD009.095)

Thematic area

Engineering, ICT and technologies for energy and transportation

Project area

e-Health (DIT.AD009)

Structure responsible for the research project

Institute for high performance computing and networking (ICAR)

Project manager

Phone number: 081/6139511


It is a fact that the European population growth is slowing down, while the population ageing accelerates. Rapid increases in the elderly population are predicted for the coming decades due to the ageing of post-war baby births. Within Europe's ageing population, Hearing Loss, Cardio Vascular Diseases, Cognitive Impairments, Mental Health Issues and Balance Disorders, as well as Frailty, are prevalent conditions, with tremendous social and financial impact. Preventing, slowing the development of or dealing effectively with the effects of the above impairments can have a significant impact on the quality of life and lead to significant savings in the cost of healthcare services. Digital tools hold the promise for many health benefits that can enhance the independent living and well-being of the elderly. Motivated by the above, the aim of the SMART BEAR platform is to integrate heterogeneous sensors, assistive medical and mobile devices to enable the continuous data collection from the everyday life of the elderly, which will be analysed to obtain the evidence needed in order to offer personalised interventions promoting their healthy and independent living.


1: Continuous participant monitoring, environment sensing, data collection & interoperability.
2: Data analytics, decision making for intelligent and personalised interventions enhancing the well-being and independent living of participants.
3: Security, Privacy and Trustworthiness of the platform.
4: User-centric implementation and integration of the platform.
5: Demonstrate and validate the use of the SMART-BEAR platform at TRL 9 via five large scale pilots, involving 5100 participants across six EU countries.
6: To maximise the project's impact and create a sustainable solution.

Start date of activity



Healthy ageing, Internet of Things

Last update: 15/07/2024