Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research and VDE Launch an Innovative Partnership for Technical Assistance Systems

An innovative partnership between the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the VDE has been launched at the VDE/BMBF Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Congress in Berlin, in January 2009, with the aim of boosting the development of intelligent assistant systems and AAL solutions.

In response to the ageing European society’s growing need for technical assistance systems, AAL solutions can serve to increase the safety and independence of the elderly through a wide range of healthcare tools, emergency systems and communication facilities.

The VDE/BMBF partnership will offer excellent savings potential and create new export opportunities during the period 2010-2015, when experts expect high growth in AAL technologies in several sectors, including telemedicine, fitness, communication, personal care. For this reason, the BMBF has earmarked an investment of €125 million in AAL in the next three years.

The AAL is a key sector for the German economy, due to the leading international position that the country holds in electrical engineering, medical engineering and automation, as well as in I&C systems, RFID technology and robotics. For this reason and to respond to the growing need for marketable products and legal recommendations, VDE are currently developing application guidelines and interoperability standards for AAL systems.

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