LIATO (low impact assistive technoloy for the elderly)

mei 2014
juli 2016

Peter Leemans

LIATO (low impact assistive technoloy for the elderly)


The objective is to record the person's day/night routine. More precisely, the data that the home-monitoring platform interprets as a deviation or problematic. These automatically-generated reports will be developed into report functions and, finally, into efficient aids in the daily routine. Specifically, there will be 3 categories of reports. Daily-life reports for the resident, informal reports for the informal carer, and care reports for the home carer.

Here are a number of examples of the LIATO system:

  • include the resident in his/her daily routine
  • provide feedback to the informal carer and report deviating routines (informal monitoring)
  • a simple button allows the resident to contact the informal carer or neighbor (care report)
  • program reminders (appointments, periods, lunch time, medication time) quickly and easily (Day Navigator)
  • supply reports, appointments, and occurrences in a context-aware manner


The LIATO project wishes to research how we can increase the safety and quality of life of the elderly living independently and their environment by placing 'low-impact' technology in the home. In this manner, the project is tied in with the test population and the objectives of the AIPA platform.

With 'low-impact' we mean:

  • the technology can be used by everyone and adapted without special knowledge or training
  • the system must be affordable for the general public
  • operating the modules is extremely easy or, if possible, not even necessary (context-regulated), for the resident
  • the technology is discrete and does not disturb the resident during his/her daily activities
  • the design is oriented towards the possibilities and not the limitations of the user  (ref. ability-based design)


In the first place, the project is oriented towards reporting functions that are crucial to the informal carer, but at a later stage, the system should also be available for use in other applications. With the results of this study, the communicative applications can be marketed during the final phase. Further applications will be brought onto the market at a later time.

Why is LIATO a unique concept?

The concept of a toolbox linked to an intelligent web application in the cloud has not been applied in this context before because the technology was not yet available. A collaboration between 2 innovative companies has been created for this project. AllThingsTalk (, a company in the IoT sector dedicated to an open and scalable IoT platform where this project can be realized quickly and efficiently, and Songlines Ltd. ( specialized in assistive technology for those in need of aid.

The project will make use of the AIPA platform (Ageing in Place Aalst). The living labs will mainly be carrying out requests and tests in already existing homes, as the objective is to bring an accessible product onto market. The elderly, their carers, and family are involved intensely in these tests that will be carried out in various phases.

The calling systems currently available on the market are used solely for safety in the case of incidents (PAS). Conversely, LIATO is used regularly for prevention, thus creating not only an increased sense of security, but also making a more pleasant and comfortable life for the resident and his/her environment possible. Another of LIATO's objectives is to start up a new financial spin-off providing job opportunities in Flanders and with an international flair.