In this context, the FRAM-project aimed to develop, evaluate and demonstrate a handheld computer system designed as a travel support for elderly and disabled people (mainly for people with cognitive problems, but also for people with a decreased ability concerning vision, movement, hearing and speech).
This travel aid aims to enable the elderly and people with cognitive disabilities to independently plan and undertake door-to-door travel, thereby increasing their quality of life.
The project stages were as follows:
- Specification stage - This stage includes activities in order to identify structure and determine the demand of the target groups on questions of functionality and user interface. During this stage a close cooperation is established between the Traffic Department of The City of Stockholm and the FRAM-project.
- Development stage - On the basis of demands a set down in the specifications this stage develops adjustable user interfaces and functionalities as well as a continuing development and added IT service for evaluation and demonstration.
- Evaluation stage - During this stage the existing prototypes are tested and evaluated as well as the IT-services by representative form the target groups.
- Demonstration stage - This final stage contains full-scale trials with refined travel aids and IT services in a large city environment and other stakeholders involved are documented.
In the framework of the project trials were carried out in Borlange to evaluate user interfaces and performance of the web server that provides the system with data. test operations were in progress in October-November 2008. In the spring of 2009 thirty volunteers tested the tool in live situations in Borlange and Gothenburg.
The fully developed and tested unit of navigation aid was presented during ITS World Congress in New York November 16th to 20th 2008.
There was developed and tested the navigation aid unit.