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Autonomous device providing accessibility to aquatic environments of people with impaired mobility

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOGR20200820001
Publicado:
03/09/2020
Caducidad:
04/09/2021
Resumen:
A Greek engineering SME has developed and patented a device for the safe and autonomous access of people with disabilities to aquatic environments. It is easy to use, requiring no assistance for embarkation and disembarkation of the person who uses it. It can be installed in aquatic environments with different profiles and removed without creating damages to the surrounding environment. The company is looking for partners to establish commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Details

Tittle:
Autonomous device providing accessibility to aquatic environments of people with impaired mobility
Summary:
A Greek engineering SME has developed and patented a device for the safe and autonomous access of people with disabilities to aquatic environments. It is easy to use, requiring no assistance for embarkation and disembarkation of the person who uses it. It can be installed in aquatic environments with different profiles and removed without creating damages to the surrounding environment. The company is looking for partners to establish commercial agreements with technical assistance.
Description:
The Greek engineering SME was established in 2012 and specializes in the developing of products for people with disabilities. According to the World Health Organisation over one billion people live with some form of disability. The European Disability Strategy for 2010-2020 stresses the accessibility to services connected with leisure activities for people with disabilities. Nevertheless, until today no global solution has been developed that can provide a person with mobility impairments autonomous access to the sea or other aquatic environments since all available solutions require the help of other assisting persons.

The Greek SME has developed an innovative device which carries the user to aquatic environments (sea, lakes or rivers), providing him or her with complete autonomy. There is no need of any assisting person to enter or exit the water. The device consists of a seat for the transportation of the user, tracks which lead the seat from land to the water, and a control tower housing the movement mechanism and support equipment. The same autonomous process is available for the person to exit the water. The system has a remote control which is available to the person using it. The system is already installed in many beaches in Greece with excellent results.

The Greek company is looking for partners from the tourism industry or partners from the public sector (coastal regional authorities, municipalities etc.). The proposed collaboration will be in the form of a commercial agreement combined with technical assistance.
Advantages and Innovations:
- Autonomy: The device is designed to operate without the assistance of escorts and the disabled person can enter the sea without having to depend on someone for help.
- Easy embarkation from land: The device´s seat is designed in such a way to allow the easy embarkation and disembarkation of the users from or to their wheelchair.
- Easy disembarkation from the water: The seat is designed in such way that the users do not have to be tied up to be safe and due to buoyancy of the water can easily move onto and away from the seat while in the water.
- Easy to use: Its simple use makes it equally easy to use by both genders, since the device operates via a remote control, and no force is required.
- Adaptable: It can be placed on beaches with different profiles because of its articulated design.
- Eco-friendly: The device is energy self-sufficient by employing a photovoltaic panel and batteries to cover its power demand. With fully charged batteries, the device can operate for 3 days under shade.
- Non-fixed: The device is non-fixed and easily removable without any permanent effect to the environment after its removal.
- Reliable: the device is installed in many beaches and operates with no problems.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Patents granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The Greek SME is looking for partners to install and support the device on the spot. The Greek company has the capacity to install the system, train the persons to use it and maintain it. The system has minimal requirements for external intervention and also minimal servicing requirements. The partner sought, should have elementary experience in engineering/electric or being experienced in working with water/marine environments.

The Greek company expects for partners working for the tourism industry or partners from the public sector (coastal regional authorities, municipalities etc.).

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 11-49
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Greek

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
02009005 Construcción de barcos
11007 Deportes y ocio
02010002 Ingeniería
11006 Participación de los ciudadanos