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IPAL (Image and Pervasive Access Laboratory) is a joint research international laboratory representing French and Singaporean academic partners in the field of Inclusive Smart Cities & Digital Health.

About IPAL

Born in 1998 as an overseas laboratory for the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), it obtained in 2007 the highest rank as a mixed international research lab (UMI 2955) given by the CNRS outside France. Today, IPAL has evolved into a leading research pole in the South East Asian region.

IPAL research activities benefit from a close collaboration between its French academic partners (CNRS, Institute Mines-Télécom, Pierre et Marie Curie-Sorbonne Universities and University of Grenoble-Alpes) and Singaporean partner institutions (Institute for Infocomm Research/A*STAR and National University of Singapore).

IPAL research activities are in line with the Smart Nation initiative launched in Singapore and are supported by Horizon 2020 European Research Program.

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IPAL Solutions

UbiSmart is the central solution of IPAL, namely a B-to-B or B-to-C digital platform providing visualization, understanding and assessment of an individual’s behaviour in a specific environment.

In an increasing ageing world’s population, UbiSmart positions itself as the pioneering digital platform for preventive health through its research Project City4Age. UbiSmart works hand-to-hand with a specific set of sensors capable of collecting data from an individual or a segment of population in any given environment. The data collected from the sensors is treated through UbiSmart, showing different activity patterns and behavioural changes and alerting when an intervention is needed.

An innovative solution, UbiSmart sets a solid ground in the field of preventive healthcare by empowering individuals and cities into an early detection of risks associated with frailty and ageing through an intelligent digital platform.



Building the health of tomorrow

City4age local context
Innovation for Healthy Ageing
Worldwide Deployment

The City4Age Project constitutes one of the main pillars of research inside IPAL. The Project aims to contribute to the new role of social and health services in an increasing ageing world’s population. The Project approaches ageing as a rising social transformation process and highlights the importance of evolving towards smart cities.

City4Age takes to the next level by empowering cities and ageing individuals in the early detection of risks associated with fragility and MCI (Mid-Cognitive Impairment). This is possible thanks to a set of non-interfering connected sensors that monitor a person’s daily routine at home or on the move within the city.

The data collected from the sensors show the different activity patterns of an individual or a segment of population and detects behavioral changes. These changes alert the need for intervention either on a 1-to-1 basis or through major preventive actions applicable to a larger sample of the population.

City4Age is currently being deployed in Athens, Birmingham, Lecce, Madrid, Montpellier and Singapore; each pilot addressing a different topic in the field of smart cities, but all contributing towards the evolution of social and health services in each country.

Today, City4Age sets a solid ground contribution in the field of preventive healthcare towards the empowerment of individuals into a much-needed smart cities.

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