Health and Environment – Assistance systems

Intelligent assistance systems offer support in healthcare, diagnosis, therapy and patient care. Technologies, products and services come together to form comprehensive system solutions that enable people to lead independent lives within the comfort of their own »four walls« regardless of illness and aging.

Gesundheit und Umwelt


Live safely even in old age – within your own four walls

The new technology concept enables elderly people to live in their own four walls with a maximum of security and privacy.
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The new technology concept enables elderly people to live in their own four walls with a maximum of security and privacy.

What to do if you fall in your home? Many elderly people ask themselves these and similar questions; they want security without having to give up their own four walls. A new technology concept, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern, Germany, now makes this possible – while also ensuring privacy. A communication tool integrates nursing care consultation and ensures social integration. 


Intelligent technologies for residential care facilities

The intelligent care cart travels autonomously to where it is needed.
© Fraunhofer IPA, Heike Quosdorf

The intelligent care cart travels autonomously to where it is needed.

It comes when called, bringing care utensils with it and recording how they are used: The intelligent care cart provides care staff with physical and informational support in their day-to-day work. In the collaborative project “Service Robotics for Support with Personal Services” (SeRoDi) Fraunhofer IPA developed an intelligent care cart to assist the care staff in residential care facilities. In doing so, they are continuing in their efforts to improve working conditions in the care sector and are developing solutions designed to address the challenges of demographic change. The development of the service robot was preceded by a comprehensive needs analysis with future user groups. Practical tests are now planned in several care institutions.


Care-Jack – power vest

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The CareJack vest supports the back without restricting freedom of movement.

Each year millions of people within the EU injure themselves in the course of their work due to picking up heavy loads or from one-sided movements – ending up with serious health issues. Together with the industry, Fraunhofer researchers are developing a vest designed to take the burden off caregivers and others with physically demanding jobs.

Care-O-bot® – The Service Robot

Serviceroboter Care-O-bot
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Whether they’re serving drinks or carrying heavy loads, in a few years’ time , mobile robots could be helping in our homes. Engineers have developed a new model of universal helper – the fourth generation of the Care-O-bot®. This robot may also serve as the basis for commercial service robot solutions.

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Adaptable ambient living assistant for elderly people – ALIAS

Anwenderstudie mit ALIAS
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The goal of the »ALIAS« project is to develop a speech controlled mobile robot system to support the elderly in everyday life. For this, the robot is not intended to replace relationships between people, but to help the user to maintain and extend existing contacts using modern telecommunications technology. The project's concern is to support the social integration of elderly people to avoid imminent isolation. In addition, to retain the quality of life, the user's cognitive activities are also to be stimulated.

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Fraunhofer Research Units

Transfer Center for User-Oriented Assistance Systems

In collaboration with the Oldenburg-based project group for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology, as well as social services providers and regional companies, the Transfer Center conducts research in the pioneering area of assistive technologies. Here the focus is on innovations that improve the everyday lives of the elderly and infirm in particular.