Monday, 10 September 2007

Green Light for Inredis R&D Project

The INREDIS Project (INterfaces for Relations between Environment and people with Disabilities), led by Technosite, has been approved for funding by Spain's Ministry of Industry (August 2007). The Project will develop basic technologies for communication and interaction channels between people with special needs and their technological environment.

The third call of the CENIT Programme approved funding for 16 projects, of which INREDIS was the only one in the ITC field. The CENIT Programme provides “subsidies for projects that develop stable public-private cooperation in research, development and innovation, in areas of strategic importance for the [Spanish] economy through the creation of strategic national consortia for technical research”.

The Project will be managed by a business partnership led by Technosite, and which also includes a number of other companies (all of them Spanish), La Caixa, Bankinter, Vodafone, Sabia, Alma Technologies, Iberm├ítica, Inabemsa, Fundosa Accesibilidad, Moviquity, Mediavoice, Code Factory, TMT Factory, Iriscom, Smart Business and Ihman. The partners together are a diverse mix of large corporations, banks, technology companies, and public sector R&D bodies. The project has a budget of €24.1 million, funded half-and-half by the Spanish government and the partners themselves, and will be carried out 2007 to 2010.

The Project will carry out research on devices, security, interaction channels, communication protocols and systems interoperability and applications in several fields related to disability and inclusion of users with disability in the information society, including home and building automation, mobile communications, urban and local mobility, shopping, banking, and digital TV. The Project will develop protocols for interaction between assistive devices and technologies and the environment (interfaces based on psychology and physiology, emotional agents, haptic interfaces and smart textiles); a reference architecture for development of accessible software; integration of new television-based technologies; development of an adaptive universal interface for the digital home and the incorporation of new haptic technologies for cash dispensers.

The different technologies the project intends to produce should be an important advance in accessibility and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.

1 comment:

Daniel Gartmann said...

Hi Alan: I am working in the secretariate of the Danish Association of the Blind as consultant on Accessibility and Assistive Technology. I would be very interested in hearing about the TV and mobility parts of the projekt.