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Laurea University of Applied science is a university of applied science that operates in the region of Uusimaa, Finland. It offers programmes in Finnish and English.Education in Laurea University of Applied science is based on the Learning by Developing operational model. Laurea has approximately 7,800 students and employs approximately 500 personnel. Laureas seven campuses are located in the Greater Helsinki region, in Hyvinkää, Kerava, Espoo , Lohja, Porvoo and Vantaa.Laurea was established in 1992 with the name Espoo-Vantaa Polytechnic, which was changed to its current form in 2001. Wikipedia.

Lehto P.,Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Australasian Medical Journal | Year: 2013

Background Interactive CaringTV® is a Finnish innovation that was developed by Laurea University of Applied Sciences in 2006. CaringTV was developed through action research during three research projects. The aim of interactive CaringTV is to support the health and well-being of elderly people living in their own homes. Method The Safe Home project was based on action research, userdriven methods, and a case study. User-driven methods were applied in planning, implementing and evaluating the programme and eServices e.g. testing and evaluating peer support, including eConsultation as the methods for supporting clientś coping with life in their own homes. Costeffectiveness and process modelling were studied through the case study. Results The user-driven approach and the collected data formed the basis for the interactive programme. The online CaringTV programme included content to: support everyday life for the elderly, safety, and activities of daily living, support social relationships, participate in rehabilitation and physical exercises, manage self-care, and health issues. Active participation in the CaringTV programme provided functional ability and everyday coping as well as a meaningful activity in everyday life. Conclusion CaringTV is an interactive platform to support elderly in their everyday life and help them cope at home. User-driven methods enable participantś active involvement in planning interactive and online programmes and eServices via CaringTV. The ultimate goal of the CaringTV is to support elderlýs health, wellbeing and interaction. CaringTV empowers elderly people to take responsibility for their own health care as part of healthy ageing. Source

Komulainen K.,Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Child Care in Practice | Year: 2010

The purpose of this study is to describe the parental burden in families with a food- allergic child under the age of four. This study was carried out using a descriptive correlational research design. The subjects of this study were 104 families with a young food-allergic child who observed a restricted diet. The majority of the children were allergic to many nutritionally central foods like milk and cereals. Data were collected in the spring of 2007 from both public and private sectors and from voluntary groups for parents of children with food allergies using questionnaires. The parental burden was measured using the Family Quality of Life-Parental Burden instrument. The collected data were analysed by descriptive statistics, including Pearson's correlations and t-tests for independent samples. Most of the respondents were married mothers educated to third-level degree. The mean age of the children was 1.94. The areas of family life most affected by the child's food allergy were meal preparation, social activities, and attending group activities such as daycare. Respondents stated that they had trouble with emotional issues, health and nutritional concerns, leaving the child in the care of others, and taking special precautions before going out. They were not very worried that the child would not recover from allergy symptoms or would not have a normal upbringing because of the allergy. They were also not worried about their child eating near other children or about their own ability to help if the child has an allergic reaction. The tearfulness of the child, sleep difficulties, and diarrhoea were significantly associated with parental burden. In addition, it seems that the number of suitable foods and the early manifestation of the symptoms are connected to parental burden. These findings underline the idea that some families with a young food-allergic child face an extremely high burden that should be addressed with different kinds of interventions. However, the negative effects of a child's food allergy are especially found outside the home. © 2010 The Child Care in Practice Group. Source

Rajamaki J.,Laurea University of Applied Sciences
IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

The proliferation of information and communications technology (ICT), facilities in public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) vehicles has highlighted several questions, including: "Why can't vehicles' ICT applications be simplified and rationalized to help PPDR responders work more efficiently and effectively" and "Can two items of equipment be combined to make it easier to use and decrease power consumption" Our project aims to create a common ICT infrastructure for all PPDR vehicles based on better integration of ICT systems, applications, and services. Our approach is to divide PPDR vehicles' ICT systems into four layers (a vehicle infrastructure and power management layer, a communications layer, a service platform and common services layer, and an actor-specific services layer) with standardized interfaces between them. Open standards make it easier for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in particular, to enter the market. In addition to providing cost savings, our system significantly improves interoperability and the availability of new PPDR ICT services. © 2005-2012 IEEE. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: BES-12-2014 | Award Amount: 2.08M | Year: 2015

The European Union (EU) is increasingly affected and challenged by geopolitical changes, increasing impact of conflict on civilians, globalized impact of local conflicts, technological developments and budgetary constraints challenges the Radicalization, the growing potential for individuals to create large security threats and transnational criminality further complicates the security landscape of EU missions. With global interconnectedness, the repercussions of outside conflict are also seen within the EU, and may lead to societal and security challenges within the EU. The key issue for the EU is how to improve its conflict response capabilities to create more lasting impact on the ground and to use limited resources more effectively. Comprehensive EU-security within the EU emphasizes the need for civil-military synergies, which correspond more closely to challenges on the ground and the incorporation of very different perspectives, priorities and operational cultures. The IECEUproject analyses and assesses best practices and lessons learned with a view to enhance the civilian conflict prevention and peace building capabilities of EU with a catalogue of practices, new solutions and approaches. It will seek to find out how to increase the interoperability of resources in the crisis management and peace building and what the potential for pooling and sharing of EU capabilities and technologies is. The main goals of the IECEU -project are: 1) Analysing and assessing the current situation of on-going and past missions and operations 2) Learning from lessons provided by these missions and assessing the different options 3) Providing new solutions, approaches and recommendations for EU to guarantee long-term stability

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: INSO-1-2014 | Award Amount: 3.37M | Year: 2015

The WeLive project is devised to transform the current e-government approach by facilitating a more open model of design, production and delivery of public services leveraging on the collaboration between public administrations (PAs), citizens and entrepreneurs. WeLive applies the quadruple-helix approach based on the joint collaboration of 3 PAs, 4 research agents and 5 companies, constituing the consortium, plus citizens to deliver next generation personalised user-centric public services. WeLive aims to bridge the gap between innovation and adoption (i.e. take-up) of open government services. For that, it contributes with the WeLive Framework, an ICT infrastructure which adapts, enhances, extends and integrates Open Innovation, Open Data and Open Services components selected from consortium partners previous projects. An Open Innovation Area is proposed where stakeholders collaborate in the ideation, creation, funding and deployment of new services. A Visual Composer will enable non-ICT users to assemble public service apps from existing blocks. Stakeholders will upload/sell and download/purchase the generated apps to/from the WeLive Marketplace, thus impulsing economic activity around public services. Personalization and analytics of public services will be done through collaboration of the Citizen Data Vault, which manages personal information, with the Decision Engine, which matchmakes user preferences, profile and context against available public services. Two-phase pilots will be conducted in 3 cities (Bilbao, Novi Sad and Trento) and 1 region (Helsinki- Uusimaa) across Europe. Further, the business feasibility and commercial potential of the WeLive Framework, including its individual assets, will be validated by developing and deploying sustainable business models.

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