Innovative solutions to support BSR in providing more senior – friendly public spaces due to increased capacity of BSR companies and public institutions
BaltSe@nioR 2.0
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
1 Innovation
objective
1.3 Non-technological innovation

BaltSe@nioR 2.0

The progressing age of societies in the Baltic Sea region poses a societal and economic challenge to adjust market offers to the needs of the elderly. BaltSe@nioR 2.0 brings together municipalities, universities, businesses and NGOs to create new business models as well as demo spaces in public locations furnished with smart furniture. Through this, the project aims to trigger public institutions and manufacturing companies in the region in starting a transformation of museums, theatres, city halls, restaurants and other public spaces into friendlier places for seniors.
Project summary

Silver Baltic Sea region

Five nations from the Baltic Sea region are among ten oldest in the world. All in all, 18% of the EU population is now 60+, and the ratio of seniors in societies is growing which poses considerable social and economic challenges.

BaltSe@nioR 2.0 connects municipalities, universities, businesses and NGOs from nine countries around to Baltic Sea to transform public spaces, like theatres, libraries, museums, restaurants, outdoor spaces, into more senior-friendly places.

Open up for knowledge exchange

A BaltSe@nior 2.0 e-book presents success stories of age-friendly public spaces across the Baltic Sea region to enable the regions learn from each other. Model demo spaces in several locations showcase senior–friendly public spaces. A networking group focused on designing for seniors, reinforced by training events, builds the capacity in the region. New guidelines on smart and age-friendly public procurement initiate a discussion on including safety and age-friendly requirements in the production and procurement of furniture for public spaces.

Smart, senior-friendly and planet centred design

BaltSe@nioR 2.0 helps furniture enterprises exploit the potential of creative industries and cross-sectional specialisation, including the implementation of ICT solutions, to develop new business ideas and produce smart furniture that correspond to the needs of seniors. New technologies in furniture design and production consider environmental aspects, the notion of universal design and intergenerational respect for knowledge and experience younger generations gain from older generations.

Budgets

BaltSe@nioR 2.0
in numbers
  • 2.13
    Million
    Total
  • 1.60
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.10
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

Together with experts in geriatrics, design or robotics, BaltSe@nioR 2.0 has selected 20 outdoor and indoor public spaces in Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Finland to evaluate their potential in designing age-friendly public spaces. These places shall serve as an inspiration for spill-overs to other areas to become age-friendly.

To better understand the needs of seniors for the design of age-friendly public space, the project conducted a survey among 1,300 seniors in the involved countries.

The collected data constitute the basis for the development of a knowledge database that supports designers, furniture manufacturers, owners and managers of public spaces in creating inclusive design solutions that are suitable for seniors.
The ideas of smart furniture developed in BaltSe@nioR were redesigned to make them usable in public spaces. For instance, new functionalities were added to the previously developed magic mirror, smart chair and fall detection. Moreover, the project created new ideas of prototypes of furniture, like a smart table, to further facilitate the use of virtual reality by seniors.

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

Poznan University of Life Sciences

  • Town
    Poznań
  • Region
    Miasto Poznań
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
375,000.00
52.400663216.91973259178088

Development Centre UMT

  • Town
    Herning
  • Region
    Vestjylland
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
300,000.00
56.13797578.9746623

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

  • Town
    Pori
  • Region
    Satakunta
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
170,000.00
61.486554221.7968951

Ukmergė District Municipality Administration

  • Town
    Ukmergė
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
120,000.00
55.211548224.7952132

Võru County Vocational Training Center

  • Town
    Väimela
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
150,000.00
57.8932495527.021582476897315

Technical University of Munich

  • Town
    Muenchen
  • Region
    München, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
270,000.00
48.137107911.5753822

ITMO University

  • Town
    St. Petersburg
  • Region
    City of St. Petersburg
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
120,000.00
59.91785735000000630.380619357025516

Art Academy of Latvia

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
100,000.00
56.949397724.1051846

Hanseatic Parliament

  • Town
    Hamburg
  • Region
    Hamburg
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
166,937.00
53.55034110.000654

Saue Municipality

  • Town
    Saue
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
200,000.00
59.321790524.55928508785309

University of Skövde

  • Town
    SKÖVDE
  • Region
    Västra Götalands län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
155,063.00
58.389845313.8443792