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Topic: Platforms - Replication and duplication
Rodd Bond
Posts: 5
Platforms - Replication and duplication
on: December 16, 2014, 14:41

Despite the work of the universAAL, PERSONA, MPOWER, SOPRANO and OASIS projects, there continues to be considerable and significant on-going resource investment in individual platforms to support the specific needs of applications and services developed within discrete e-health, ageing well and AAL projects. For many projects, the general typology of systems seems quite similar, multi-modal sensor data acquisition and aggregation, 3rd party and enterprise data access adaptors, analytics including pattern analysis and knowledge extraction, large scale repositories and domain ontologies, and interactive and personalised content presentation to user interaction/interfaces on devices converging on smart phones and tablets using apps and service frameworks, and all supported by IP infrastructures and cloud-based services. For all of our efforts, there seems to be too much duplication and not sufficient replication of platform development activity. There remains a question as to whether platforms are really an open, shared resource to accelerate pathways to service development and delivery, or whether they are, and will remain, a tool of competitive advantage and differentiation ? This will also be influenced by approaches to sourcing platforms and components within collaborative project proposals, and where the partnership interest lie – be it the academic or the market-facing partners. rnrnHowever, with the growth in stability and mainstreaming of much of the under-pinning technology components, there is a sense that a stronger opportunity now exists to shift concentration from technology platform research onto value delivery and decision support, whether at the service provider or customer level. With several H2020 calls now more aggressively spanning the research and innovation/early implementation spectrum, the role of 'innovation platforms' within 'living labs' and 'reference sites' (part of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing) may be able to provide greater value to research and development teams where collaborative partner eco-systems, and user co-design development mechanisms are more mature and readily accessible.

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