Project LLI-1 Joint smart social services is being developed by four partners from Latvia and Lithuania.
The leading project partner is Klaipeda University. The university has huge experience in excecuting and leading international and national projects in various areas. The members of the leading partner successfully completed 2 research and study projects which were partially financed by Latvia-Lithuania 2007-2017 program’s funds:
- Development of Joint Research and Training Centre in High Technology Area LLII-061 (2012 – Best Leader Partner Nomination of LATLIT programme JTS)
- JRTC expansion of distributed real-time signal processing and control systems area LLIV-215 (submitted to EU RegioStars 2013 Awards and 2014 – Best Innovative Project Nomination of LATLIT programme JTS).
During these projects there were established special-purpose laboratories in Klaipeda and Ventspils, which are collectively called JRTC (Joint Research and Training Centre). The development of the new smart services for care houses is continuation of competencies gained in JRTC. Research group gained significant experience while conducting national project called MOBAS (Development of new wireless and mobile services).
Project partner no. 2 – Klaipeda city care house
The institution has a lasting experience in nursing elderly and disabled people in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The institution has a license enabling them to look after elderly according to the laws of Republic of Lithuania. They also have a license to give institutional social care (short and long term) for the elderly and give social care for the disabled. The institution was given a health care institutional license No. 2731, which permits carrying out nursing, general practice, physical medicine and rehabilitation, massage services. There is base multi-sensorial room rig, which is in need of additional equipment, methods and qualified personnel. In addition, this room could be expanded by implementing a way to give a real-time response to personnel, transferring physiological sensor measurements from patients. Currently, there is no such equivalent system in the market.
Project partner no. 3 – Ventspils digital center
Main competences of the partner:
- Motivate Ventspils territorial administration, citizens and businesses to participate in activities of informational society and e-government;
- Actively work on developing informational society and implementing e-solutions on local, regional, national and cross-border level;
- Create, maintain and develop information and communication technology infrastructure. In 2014 Ventspils ICT sector development strategy and action plan for 2014-2020 was approved, in which Ventspils digital center is responsible for:
- Activities, which enable Ventspils to be recognized as a smart city;
- Motivate establishment and development of businesses in ICT field;
- Increase the turnover of ICT sector;
- Establish Ventspils as a developer of various pilot smart services.
Taking in consideration, that Ventspils digital center specializes in smart city’s pilot activities, this project is an excellent continuation of the previous activities. Ventspils digital center also has experience in e-health sector. In 2013 a project CeBa Testbed “Acreo national testbed for smart homes and e-health” was executed. Acreo Swedish ICT was responsible for pilot set up and demonstration (CeBa Testbed) in Central Baltic region together with partners, Latvia’s Ventspils Digital Center and Estonia’s Institute of Baltic Studies. During the project, services and equipment in smart-home, e-health, e-government, e-education sector were created, tested and demonstrated. They were put to test by actual end-users. The partner will make use of all their previously gained knowledge and competences while carrying out this Latvia-Lithuania programme project.
The main relevant competences of Ventspils city social service sector are:
- To give social aid and social services to Ventspils citizens;
- To conduct social work with individuals, families and groups of people;
- To conduct social-environmental research and identify problems;
- To create social service development concepts, purposive programs and proposals for creating new services, collaborate with social and religious organizations.
Ventspils city social service sector provide these services for the elderly and the disabled:
- An accommodation in social care house “Selga”;
- An option to get services at home;
- An option to get “safety button” service.
The city provides opportunity for alternative care and care for people living at home without a caregiver. These services could be provided by signing a three-party agreement between a person, city and caregiver. Taking in consideration that Ventspils city social service sector specializes in alternative care field, this project is an excellent opportunity to identify the needed improvements of the system, so that the services could be provided even more efficiently. The main role and responsibility of the partner would be to arrange and carry out quizzes for the elderly and the disabled, to evaluate the results and to define what kind of improvements are needed to improve social care system. Moreover, Ventspils city social service sector will act as a pilot development establishment in which new generation smart social care services will be tested.