In 2008, the Director of the “Casa dei Ciechi” (House of the Blind), Fabrizio Greco contacted SUPSI to get information about possible technologies that can be used to help blind people or visually impaired in their everyday actions at home.!
Due to the enlargement of the building structure of the “Casa dei Ciechi”, the Director search for a solution to provide to the apartments all the domotic features to provide the desired autonomy to the owners. At SUPSI the responsible for the home automation systems Gian Carlo Dozio was contacted by Fabrizio Greco to provide a solution to fulfil their requirements.

The Home Automaton Unit of the DTI in collaboration with the Health Department DSAN at SUPSI, decided to propose to the Director Greco a project to analyse the feasibility and potentiality though an study that allows elderly and disabled people to stay at their own homes with an autonomy for a longer time. From this proposal three apartments were equipped to be tested.

Since the three apartments where not enough to rely on the results obtained from the trial, the President of STAC (società Ticinese per l’assistenza dei ciechi), the lawyer Grandini, presented to the City of Lugano the GRANNO project proposal. The City of Lugano found the proposal very interesting deciding to fund it by providing 15 additional apartments.

The project GRANNO (GRANNO is the Celtic goddess of health) began in 2010. By an internal organisation at SUPSI, the DTI and the DSAN subjected the IDA project (ICT and automation in favor of the elderly), which after its approval was executed alongside with the project GRANNO.

The Granno project was managed by Andrea Cavicchioli (DSAN) and Gian Carlo Dozio (DTI), both managing the health and social aspects, and the technological development of the project.

Aim of the project

The aim of the project GRANNO is to design, test and evaluate ICT solutions for Home
automation, in collaboration with partners of the region (Tesssin), to assist elderly and impaired people.

To answer specific social and health needs the identified proposals were aimed to improve the life quality and promote the autonomy inside home. Every participant was visited by a health care team consisting of a nurse, an ergotherapist, anthropologist and engineers specialised in home automation from SUPSI. The team evaluated the needs of the person, the functional and cognitive limitations to understand which technologies fit better to each single case.

The guidelines that have unified the project are:

  • The use of electronic devices to increase the autonomy and simplify the activities of daily living.
  • Monitoring and safeguarding.
  • The networking of social care resources.
  • The adaptability to any type of dwelling and the specific needs of the person