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The second video of VERITAS project

The last VERITAS video is released. After an introduction to the problems many impaired persons face in their everyday life because many goods and services are not accessible, some basic information about the project is presented, followed by a brief description of how the VERITAS approach serves accessibility assessment and the Design-for-All principle. A sequel of applications in various application areas, involving various groups of impaired persons makes the VERITAS idea clear to the public. To watch the video, please go to the 'video' page, or you can download it at the 'downloads' page.

VERITAS Plenary Meeting

The last VERITAS Plenary Meeting took place in Braunschweig, Germany on 12-13 December 2013. The 14th Plenary Meeting Agenda of VERITAS started with presentations of all application areas. More information...

CRF workshop “High Comfort and usability in automotive”

VERITAS partner CRF will organise on the 13th December a 1-day workshop focused on high-accessibility solutions for automotive interiors. This event will be held in CRF site, Orbassano, Italy and CRF and Piaggio will show their results within VERITAS activities. The target audience are engineers and designers that work on present and future solutions for interiors. For more information you can contact Stefano BERNARD (CRF).

VERITAS in ICT 2013 Exhibition

The ICT exhibition is considered as the Europe's biggest digital technology event with almost 5000 people attending. The event took place from 6th to 8th of November, 2013 and the VERITAS project could not miss such an opportunity of depicting its technological results. The ICT-2013 demonstration focused on the existing research prototypes and toolkits of the VERITAS project.
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Additionally, the demonstration aimed to illustrate the disabled user modeling methodology of VERITAS. The visitors had the possibility to see how structured user models can be utilized so as to simulate their behavior in simple virtual environments. Moreover, virtual user models were utilized, in several demonstration scenarios, to assess the accessibility of sample ICT and non-ICT products. The visitors were given the opportunity to see how the parameters and characteristics of different virtual disabled users affect the simulation and its results.
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Special Thanks

At the end of the VERITAS project, we would like to thank Dr. Fotis Topouzis , Associate Professor of Ophthalmology-Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Laboratory of Research and Clinical Applications of Ophthalmology (A' Department Ophthalmology, AHEPA Hospital.), and also Dr. Ouzantzopoulos Ioannis , orthopedic surgeon who have offered valuable material and information concerning visual and motor disabilities.

VERITAS Generic Virtual User Models now available! (update)

The VERITAS Generic Virtual User Models Repository is now available. There are cognitive, physical, psychological and behavioural Virtual User Models available for download. For more information, please click here.

8th Newsletter available

The last Newsletter is available in accessible PDF format. This last newsletter focuses on the VERITAS achievements and forward looking plans. With this last issue we hope to improve awareness of what has been done so far and to provide a basis to build on and create synergies with other stakeholders and initiatives in the future. We also bring news in the area of accessibility, which all contribute to creating more inclusive societies. We are happy to share the outcomes and exploitation plans of our project, which aim to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for everyone.

Integrated CAE solution for motorcycle rider comfort evaluation presented in 2013 LMS Automotive User Conference

The 2013 LMS Automotive User Conference, in Munich, Germany, has been focusing on Smart simulation and testing for optimized mechatronic system’s design; it has been an industrial forum, where many Automotive manufacturers and suppliers have been present, to share and discuss key challenges and latest developments in their work domains. This event has provided an excellent opportunity to also expose the new technology LMS has developed in collaboration with Piaggio for virtual rider comfort assessment, covering the link between the virtual and experimental worlds and therefore also demonstrating how to meet the economic challenges of bringing to market products “faster”.
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The outcome of this collaboration has been a method based on simulation that can be used to objectively evaluate the vibrational comfort during normal ride with a PTW using a detailed three-dimensional virtual “Rider – PTW Model Assembly” developed in LMS Virtual.Lab Motion and validated through a experimental test campaign.
For more information: Pieve, M.; Erdélyi, H.: “Integrated CAE solution for motorcycle rider comfort evaluation”, 2013 LMS European Vehicle Conference, Munich, Germany, October 29-30, 2013.
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Final VERITAS Beneficiaries Forum

The 3rd VERITAS VERITAS Beneficiaries’ Forum “Accessibility design at the service of age-friendly environments” took place on 16 May 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting targeted older people and people with disabilities, the beneficiaries of the VERITAS-designed tools and applications, and gathered about 30 participants to discuss the project approach to Design-for-All from the end-users’ perspectives.
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Hosted as a workshop within AGE Platform Europe’s General Assembly and annual Conference “Towards an age-friendly EU by 2020”, the event focused in particular on senior citizens, with AGE members ensuring the representation of older people in the meeting.
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VERITAS Pilots with Beneficiaries

Pilots with beneficiaries are being conducted at locations in Germany, the UK, Spain, Greece, and Italy. Beneficiaries are the people who ultimately use the products and services i.e. older members of the public, many of whom experience one or more impairments. The first phase of the pilots took place on April – June 2013. This is the phase where the applications (automotive, smart living, workplace, infotainment, healthcare) are tested without the specially-developed VERITAS tools which enhance accessibility of the products and services for older people.
The findings from the first phase was made known to the VERITAS designers who improved the applications accordingly. The second itteration of pilot tests with beneficiaries took place in August-September 2013. Designers developed the improved applications and tools having accessibility in mind and made available the tools for the second phase. The final result is product and services of the related application areas with enhanced accessibility features.

7th Newsletter available

The seventh Newsletter is available in accessible PDF format. The seventh VERITAS newsletter focuses on the contributions of beneficiaries to the project: the VERITAS User Forum as well as the pilot sites with older people and persons with disabilities are presented. In addition, latest dissemination activities and exploitation strategies find their place in this issue which looks beyond the lifetime of the project. As always, news from research, policy and practice find can be found in the last part of our bi-annual newsletter.

VERITAS project presentation

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VERITAS aims to develop, validate and assess tools for built-in accessibility support at all stages of ICT and non-ICT product development, including specification, design, development and testing. The goal is to introduce simulationbased and virtual reality testing at all stages of assistive technologies product design and development into the automotive, smart living spaces (buildings & construction, domotics), workplace, ehealth and infotainment applications areas. The goal is to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for all people including those with disabilities and functional limitations as well as older people. Furthermore, VERITAS plans to promote its results to the appropriate standards organisations for consideration and potential adoption and also to make them available through an open framework.

Project number: 247765
Project acronym: VERITAS
Project full title: Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS
Starting date: 1 January 2010
Duration: 48 Months
VERITAS is an Integrated Project (IP) within the 7th Framework Programme, Theme FP7-ICT-2009.7.2, Accessible and Assistive ICT

Link to Newsletter N°2 in accessible PDF format