Portuguese Pharaon pilot met last week to discuss next steps

The core members of the Portuguese pilot team met online on February 4, 2021, to define the next actions of the project, considering COVID-19 mitigation measures during the implementation of the pre-validation phase in the Portuguese pilot.

Under the theme “Smart Cities and the Ageing Challenges”, the Portuguese pilot aims to involve more than 1,000 Portuguese citizens, focusing on older adults and their caregivers.

Pharaon – Pilots for Healthy and Active Ageing aims to develop integrated platforms that will provide personalized and optimized health and social care, maintaining the dignity of older people and increasing their independence, security, capacities and stimulating their interest in urban natural areas nearby, as well as active participation in preserving the environment. To this end, it proposes to integrate services, devices and digital tools into open platforms that can be easily implemented.

The platforms integrated in Pharaon will be validated through a pre-validation and a large-scale pilot phase. Each pilot will have a team of partners to ensure their correct development. The Portuguese pilot will test technologies focused on the citizen and address challenges related to integrated care and planning, integrated processes and infrastructures, knowledge sharing and the recognition and use of green and blue urban natural areas which are considered as fundamental for their physical and mental well-being.

In the end, through the experience gained throughout the project, the project hopes to be in a position to contribute significantly to the European Union’s agenda on Active and Healthy Ageing, a major challenge amongst the different countries of the European Union.