The LLM project ran from June 2009 to March 2012. During the project, the LLM service was tested in real life situations in order to consolidate requirements and validate functionality of the solution. To achieve consistency of requirements and specifications across the whole value chain, the consortium contained a multidisciplinary team of partners encompassing a broad spectrum, from technology development to service providers, and including public authorities from each country that have responsibilities in the relevant area of care or supply of services.
Four consecutive rounds of testing took place in 5 EU Member countries (Austria, France, Greece, Spain, and the Cyprus) for a period of 15 months, thus aiming for a wide impact on the entire Union. Effective cooperation of public authorities and private institutions were pursued through extensive dissemination activities as an effort to promote a business model based on public-private-partnership.
Testing focused upon elderly volunteers who were screened and monitored throughout the course of the trials to provide high quality data quantifying the results of the LLM solution. In addition, the testing participants provided feedback to help improve the solution. Testing was conducted in accordance with relevant regulations for the protection of the participants; all test protocols utilised good ethical practices and complied with European and national legislation.
Testing participants, as well as end users of the service after testing is completed, included:
- People living at their houses, utilising the LLM monitoring environment and training services (“At Home” installation).
- People visiting day care centres, utilising a centralised monitoring environment and using the training components as well (“Day care centre” installations).
- People being hospitalised in clinical centres and hospitals, utilising a centralised monitoring environment, while following the cognitive training and using the physical training component as complementary to their physiotherapy sessions (“Hospital” installations).