Objective. The goal of the MonAMI project is to demonstrate that accessible and useful services based on ICT, allowing the people with disabilities and elderly to increase autonomy, safety, and quality of their lives, can be delivered in mainstream systems and platforms. The availability of such services is very low in Slovakia nowadays.
Main content. The paper describes the experience obtained from the field trials with seniors in Slovakia, level of acceptance, process of the technology maintenance, user's training and first reactions of seniors. MonAMI technology and services were tested thoroughly in the laboratory without and later with perspective users. Users and their carers provided a good feedback to researchers especially in the content of services and user interface. Finally, 20 participants were chosen for field trials of MonAMI services. The experience from the interviews is described in the paper, as well as the services installed in the households and the installation process. Authors present their experience from initiating the Social alarm service in Košice city region. Authors used user centered design for installation plans; each household was uniquely configured by technicians to the needs of user and carer. The process of training and evaluating of users and carers in using the system is described too.
Results. The trials run for three months, ending in the beginning of April. The experiences from the whole trial is very helpful for future development of such services in our region. Some IT companies start with new services. Authors describe results of their analysis of the socio-economic situation in region. MonAMI field trials and open discussions with local stakeholders lead to formulating new tasks in social area like demanding the creation of an effective platform for the Social alarm service in Košice city.
Conclusion. The experimental testing of the MonAMI services in the real conditions has raised expectations from both researchers and users in region. Municipalities' reactions are positive trying to setup an efficient socio-economical model. Seniors are grateful for having the new services improving their quality of life. MonAMI services testing and the whole project activities have a visible impact on Slovak environment and ICT services market.