TURNTABLE is a platform seeking to promote and support healthy and active ageing among older adults and prolong autonomous and independent lifestyles. To achieve our goals, and reach those we want to help, we need a host of different skills and capabilities. Founded in 2012, ABINSULA (IT) is a major European provider of embedded, internet of things (IoT), web and mobile solutions, and their services cover the whole development cycle from idea and concept creation to cost effective mass production.

ABINSULA is coordinating the AAL-funded TURNTABLE project in the same way it approaches all business-oriented ICT idea, ensuring delivery of fit-for-purpose hard- and software as well as providing elements of the TURNTABLE platform, specifically LIVELY and TOMAPPO. The foundation is that urban gardening promotes social and physical activities amongst seniors and encourages learning with a purpose, growing and preparing fresh vegetables as part of healthy diet and improving confidence with smartphones.

Since the start of the project in May 2019, ABINSULA hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the consortium (Sassari, IT) and led collaborative discussions and brainstorming fashioning co-creation sessions that will engage end-users in design of the TURNTABLE platform. As coordinator, ABINSULA is responsible for ensuring that Beneficiaries complete project deliverables on deadline and to budget but, understandably, public health measures protecting us from Covid-19 have made this much more challenging.

Nevertheless, a functioning version of TURNTABLE is still due at the end of 2020 …

Over the next few weeks, we will publish more about the Beneficiaries, and their activities in this AAL-funded project, as well as different elements of the TURNTABLE platform, like LIVELY and TOMAPPO.

Abinsula was created in 2012 and was one of the largest start-ups in Italy. Now, it is a medium enterprise offering embedded systems design and development services covering the whole development cycle.

Tomappo was developed by Proventus, although the interface is with Agrumino, as part of Carrots (Cooperative ARchitecture for gaRdening with Open moniToring Systems) within the EU H2020-funded project TETRAMAX. The aim is to use urban gardening to promote social and physical activities amongst older people and improving confidence with smartphone use.

Lifely:Agrumino combines platform technology with a physical device that monitors the environment of plants, and translates data into natural language, such as “I am thirsty” to help users maintain them.

Platform – a group of technologies that form a base upon which other applications, processes or technologies can be developed. In personal computing, this included the basic hardware (computer, tablet or mobile) and software (operating system) on which software applications (apps) can be run.