SILVER - Supporting Independent LiVing for the Elderly through Robotics was a development project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7). The project started in January 2012 and ran for 45 months.
As people get older, they face increasing risk of some severe condition that will affect their ability to continue living independently at home.
The SILVER project searched for new technologies to assist elderly people in their everyday lives. By the use of robotics or other related technologies, the elderly can continue independent living at home even if they have physical or cognitive disabilities.
The new technologies and solutions were sought by using a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process. In Europe, the PCP has so far been an under-utilized tool for promoting innovation. One of the aims of this project was to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach to address societal and governmental needs.