The Assistant Project - Creating a Smartphone App to Assist Older People when Travelling by Public Transport

Philip Barham, Stefan Carmien, Ainara Garzo

Abstract

This is a Position Paper, in the form of a short report on progress of the three-year ASSISTANT project, which is funded jointly by the European Commission’s Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP) and the national funding agencies of Austria, Finland, France, Spain and the UK. ASSISTANT’s objective is to create a system that older people can use, on a smartphone, to help them to travel independently by public transport, in comfort and with confidence. The target group for the commercial product that will be developed by the project is more mobile older people. However, because the app will be highly personalised, and provide the user with the facility of audible and haptic, as well as visual, feedback, it should also be appropriate for use by people who are partially sighted, people who are hard of hearing, and people who have difficulty with oral communication. This paper describes progress made during the first two and a half years of the project’s life, and outlines some of the ways in which the ASSISTANT app will be tailored to meet the needs of a variety of users, in a variety of public transport contexts.

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Barham P., Carmien S. and Garzo A. (2015). The Assistant Project - Creating a Smartphone App to Assist Older People when Travelling by Public Transport . In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AgeingWell, ISBN 978-989-758-102-1, pages 253-258. DOI: 10.5220/0005434902530258


in Bibtex Style

@conference{ict4ageingwell15,
author={Philip Barham and Stefan Carmien and Ainara Garzo},
title={The Assistant Project - Creating a Smartphone App to Assist Older People when Travelling by Public Transport},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AgeingWell,},
year={2015},
pages={253-258},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005434902530258},
isbn={978-989-758-102-1},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AgeingWell,
TI - The Assistant Project - Creating a Smartphone App to Assist Older People when Travelling by Public Transport
SN - 978-989-758-102-1
AU - Barham P.
AU - Carmien S.
AU - Garzo A.
PY - 2015
SP - 253
EP - 258
DO - 10.5220/0005434902530258