The Florence* (Multi Purpose Mobile Robot for Ambient Assisted Living) project aims to improve the well-being of elderly (and that of his beloved ones) as well as improve efficiency in care through AAL services supported by a general-purpose robot platform. The Florence system with its multipurpose mobile robot platform will pioneer the use of such robots in delivering new kinds of AAL services to elderly persons and their caretakers. The main objective is to make this concept acceptable for the users and cost effective for the society and care givers. Florence will put the robot as the connecting element between several stand alone AAL services in a home environment as well as between the AAL services and the elderly person. Via the care and coaching services supported by Florence the elderly will remain much longer independent.
The FLORENCE project is a small or medium scale focused research project in the EU's Seventh Framework Programme, the theme Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and objective ICT-2009.7.1. ICT & Aging: service robotics for aging well. The Florence project started on 1 February 2010 and will run for three years finishing on 31 January 2013. The Florence project is led by a consortium of eight partners from four different countries. The total budget is 5.3 Million Euro. The project is partially co-funded by the European Commission.
(*) The name Florence refers to Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910). Florence Nightingale, came to be known as "The Lady with the Lamp" as she wandered until deep in the night through the hospital taking care about her patients and helping in mentally and physically crisis′s. Florence Nightingale was a pioneering nurse, writer and scientist, and is considered to be the founder of modern nursing science. She inspired the name for this project. We propose to have a robot as mobile facilitator and assistant for the daily life of the elderly; similar to what Florence Nightingale was for her patients who introduced a new way of caring to injured people.