M-Power is a user driven research and development project to create a middleware platform supporting rapid development and deployment of services for cognitive disabled and elderly. The platform will be defined within an iterative process including end-user requirements, design, platform development, development of proof-of-concept applications and end-user trials.
Two proof-of-concept applications plays an important role in the development of the M•POWER architecture and middleware components supporting the architecture. Two end user scenarios (see annex B) has been described in order to span out the needs in relation to the M-Power architecture, middleware components and proof-of-concept applications. These scenarios will be further elaborated during the first two months of the project. They cover the focus areas:
The project will develop a platform that makes it commercially feasible for the wider IT industry (not just SMART HOUSE technology providers) to develop distributed integrated applications offering innovative services to cognitive disabled and elderly. The project will focus on the challenge of making it possible to develop services where:
There is potentially a large market for services for the cognitive disabled and elderly, and considerable scope of innovation. But technical difficulties and the resulting high development costs today make it commercially unattractive to develop them. To overcome these difficulties, the project will: