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SOPHIA newsletter no.4
June 2016
                                      
AAL project SOPHIA - Senior Occupation after Profession: Habit Intriguing Adults

Project Developments

SOPHIA Midterm review meeting in Brussels
 
The SOPHIA project Midterm review took place the 29th of January 2016 at the AAL CMU in Brussels after the regular project meeting that was organized for the day before. During the review meeting the project reviewers, the CMU representative and the representative of the NCP Cyprus had the opportunity to fully review progress of the project for the first 15 months. A thorough presentation of the different Work Packages was held and a live demo of the system prototype (platform) developed ahead of schedule, allowed the reviewers to obtain in-depth information of the current state of developments, user involvement, future steps and commercial plans. The result of the midterm review was more than positive for the SOPHIA consortium and signalled a promising commercial launch. According to the results of the review the project achieved most of its objectives and technical goals for the period with relatively minor deviations. The end-user involvement was ranked very well verifying the emphasis of the consortium into placing the elderly citizens in the centre of the design and development process. 

The SOPHIA consortium wishes to thank the reviewers, the AAL CMU representative and the Cypriot NCP for their positive evaluation and especially the useful feedback that will enable the project to come closer to a successful launch.

Meetings & Events

SOPHIA at the “how to build viable business models in AAL projects” workshop 
 
SOPHIA project was invited to participate at the “how to build viable business models in AAL projects” workshop organized the 7th of June, 2016, in Amsterdam the Netherlands by the three-year support action of the AAL Joint Programme called AAL2Business. 

The actions aimed to help projects to enter the market by conducting tailor made training:
  • on how to build business models with highly iterative methods
  • on how to validate business models and value propositions 
  • and share challenges and best practices in business development.
During the interactive sessions participants had the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and build viable business models for 2 real project cases. Mr. Kostas Smagas of GeoImaging Ltd, coordinating party of SOPHIA project, attended the workshop and shared views with the different AAL project participants on sustainable business models regarding the SOPHIA platform.
 
SOPHIA project meeting in Neubrandenburg, Germany
 
The 4th meeting of SOPHIA project took place in Neubrandenburg, Germany hosted by our local partners, Infokom GmbH. In total 12 participants form partners GoImaging, Infokom, ISOIN, Wellness telecom and ASIS attended the meeting.

The 2 day milestone meeting was crucial for the project success kicking-off the last part of the platform development and trials that will help deliver a holistic and fully functional SOPHIA platform.

During the meeting that was held on the 29th and 30th of June 2016 all partners were updated by the coordinator, GeoImaging Ltd, on the current status of the SOPHIA prototype and drew a roadmap for improvement of the different functionalities. The improvements to be made within the following period and until the platform’s full launch will be complemented by continuous user engagement and trials that will feed in useful input regarding usability and accessibility elements.

Besides the implementation of the roadmap, an extensive discussion took place on business models and payment modalities that will trigger a more successful market launch. The commercial exploitation of the platform will be also discussed in the final meeting of the SOPHIA consortium to be held December 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus. 

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The project SOPHIA is co-funded by the AAL Joint Programme (Ref. AAL-2013-6-119) and the National Authorities and R&D programs in Cyprus, Spain and  Slovenia.
Project Coordinator: Geoimaging Ltd
Website: www.geoimaging.com.cy
Email: info@geoimaging.com.cy
6 Georgios Seferis Street - 1076 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: +357-22447770 / Fax: +357-22374988

 
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