Age Sensitive ICT Systems for Intelligible City For All
The objective of the project is the enhancement of the sense of security and self confidence of presbycusis people, whose hearing degradation increases with age. Two specific situations are considered :
The I’CityForAll project is addressing, in mobility context, the specific needs of hearing impaired senior population which proportion varies from ¼ of 65 years-old to ¾ of 85 years-old. A preliminary survey , highlighted this impact in two main contexts:
The I’CityForAll project has developed 4 innovative systems that address each one of these challenging situations allowing the impaired seniors to reach a normal hearing ability level : SpeechConformer, PerceivAll, SIMForAll and AlarmSniffer
For confined and semi-confined spaces, the project developed two complementary yet innovative products, SpeechConformer and PerceivAll.
The first one continuously adapts the timbre of the announcing voice making it clearer like female one, while the second product precompensates
the frequency loss of hearing impaired person making the public spaces hearing-accessible “For All”.
In parallel, the project proposed a third yet original product, SIMForAllwhich is an objective quality-measure tool of intelligibility adapted to various hearing abilities. The ActiveAudio Company, partner of the project, is ensuring the commercialization of SpeechConformer while Audiosense, a start-up founded by two PhD students of the CEA-LinkLab, is planning to market PerceivAll and SIMForAll smart loudspeakers on the second half of 2016.
For in-vehicle context, PerceiveAll constitutes also a proven solution that guarantees a better perception of internal alarms by taking into account the hearing profile of the driver. The second solution proposed by I’CityForAll in in-vehicle context is AlarmSniffer that informs the driver on the location and type of external emergency alarm through audio and visual HMI.
The I’CityForall project is organized in 6 work packages: WP1: ICity Evaluations : End-User studies and field trials Objectives 1) Audio evaluation and surveys on audio users’ requirements in their mobility in the two contexts: confined public places and in car. 2) Elaboration of the multi-dimensional evaluation protocol based on...
The project I'CityForAll (Age Sensitive ICT Systems for Intelligible City For All) aims at enhancing the sense of safety and self-confidence of presbycusic people, whose hearing degradation increases with age. Two situations are considered: mobility in public confined spaces and mobility in urban space. For public confined spaces...
I'CityForAll engages users who accept to sign an informed consent form and to participate in the different activities of this project: the survey, the audiometric tests and the in-vivo tests. All the tests conducted in the I'CityForAll project followed the guideline for ethical considerations in AAl project (PDF). France and Italy was involved in this study...Learn More
I'CityForAll proposes two solutions:
-The first ICT solution consists in smart loudspeakers improving the speech intelligibility in the confined space as railway stations.
-The second one is ICT alarm helping the drivers to enhance their safety by increasing the localization accuracy...
The speech intelligibility can be distorted by many factors:
-Reverberation of confined or semi-confined spaces
-Public Address system (Loudspeaker, microphone, amplifier)
The second main step of the I'CityForAll project is dedicated to algorithm development. Three types of algorithms will be developed: The first one is devoted to hearing loss compensation, enabling not only better intelligibility of vocal announcements in public spaces but also for better urban sound localization for an presbycusic driver...
|Laboratoire d’Intégration des Systèmes et des Technologies du commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, France.|
|Active Audio, France.|
|Technische Universitat Munchen TUM University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and IT, Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Germany.|
|Centre d'Expertise National des Technologies de l”Information et de la Communication pour l'autonomie, France.|
|Italian national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development, ENEA Research, Italy.|
|Centro Ricerche FIAT CRF, Italy.|
|Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Laboratory of Electromagnetics and Acoustics (LEMA), Lausanne, Switzerland.|
|Université Paris Descartes UPD, France.|
|European Social Cooperative, Italy.|
|Common RDI platform of CEA-Tech and Telnet Group with a strong scientific collaboration with ENIT-U2S on audio processing, Tunisia.|