PULSE and ACTIVAGE projects at the Smart City Summit & Expo in Taipei

In late March, PULSE and ACTIVAGE projects, have presented their innovative approach during a dedicated seminar organised by ASUS Cloud at the Smart City & Expo in Taipei.

In particular, during the Session1: Participatory Urban Living for Sustainable Environments, a group of experts from the consortium led by the Project Coordinator Maria Fernanda Cabrera, has shown how the PULSE project can accelerate the Big Data vision by designing a system to exploit Big Data Value (BDV) in the public health sector.

The presentation focused on presenting how the project is currently engaging in a collaborative dialogue with a range of stakeholders across seven global cities to transform public health from a reactive to a predictive system focused on both risk and resilience. In terms of public health risk, it is focused on the link between air pollution and the respiratory disease of Asthma, and between physical inactivity and the metabolic disease of Type 2 Diabetes.

The main goal of this session was to share with the audience the models and technologies that are being developed within PULSE to predict, mitigate and manage public health problems, and how the project is promoting community health in different cities.

Later on, during the Session 2: Innovative Ecosystems and Large Scale Pilots for Age Friendly Cities, experts from the ACTIVAGE project have presented the views, challenges, visions and perspectives of researchers, industrial innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs that are currently involved in important initiatives aiming at making a positive and sustainable impact for the “Active & Healthy Ageing” (AHA) community.

Indeed, today the AHA community is wide and heterogeneous in terms of needs, demands and living environments. AHA services based on Internet-of-Things are promising to be a strategic component to support the creation of ecosystems able to dynamically answer and prevent the challenges faced by the health and social care systems: the “always-connected” paradigm is becoming a way of life, and this could result in a positive transformation for health and social care systems who are looking for new ways to reorient the provision of care and keep older people active and independent for longer.

Lastly, during the Session 3 Sergio Guillén, CEO of MySPHERA has moderated a inspiring debate among Maria Teresa Arredondo, from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Dr. Hsiao-Ling Huang, from Yuanpei University of Medical Technology, Taiwan and Peter Wu, CEO ASUS Cloud & ASUS Life Corporation in Taiwan about the ongoing shared Initiatives in the Smart Medical Technologies field between Taiwan and Europe.


PULSE (Participatory Urban Living for Sustainable Environments) leverages diverse data sources and big data analytics to transform public health. Working within seven global cities, PULSE harvests open city data, and data from health systems, urban and remote sensors, personal devices and social media to enable evidence-driven and timely management of public health events and processes.

Specifically, the clinical focus of the project is respiratory diseases (asthma) and metabolic diseases (Type 2 Diabetes) in adult populations. The project develops risk stratification models based on modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors in each urban location, taking account of biological, behavioural, social and environmental risk factors.



ACTIVAGE is a European Multi Centric Large Scale Pilot on Smart Living Environments. The main objective is to build the first European IoT ecosystem across 9 Deployment Sites (DS) in seven European countries, reusing and scaling up underlying open and proprietary IoT platforms, technologies and standards, and integrating new interfaces needed to provide interoperability across these heterogeneous platforms. These platforms, will enable the deployment and operation at large scale of Active & Healthy Ageing IoT based solutions and services, supporting and extending the independent living of older adults in their living environments, and responding to real needs of caregivers, service providers and public authorities.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No GA727816.

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