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24.11.16 90th birthday of Dr Oswald Hager

90 years old and ever the consummate entrepreneur.
The 90th birthday of Dr Oswald Hager marks the celebration of a milestone in the life of a pioneer in the German electrical engineering sector.

08.11.16 Hager Group organises fun day out for youngsters from three SOS Children’s Villages

Almost 80 children from three SOS Children’s Villages were recently given the chance to discover Europe’s best theme park: Europa-Park.

22.09.16 A network for the future

First international meeting of Hager Group’s community of trainees, apprentices and interns.

30.08.16 Hager Group Digital Annual Report awarded twice with Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016
28.06.16 ‘Mann auf Stier’: new outdoor sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol unveiled at Hager Group in Obernai

With the coloured bronze sculpture ‘Mann auf Stier’ (‘Man on bull’), the artist has picked up on the myth of the bull – very popular in art throughout history – and created a sculpture that, due to its contradictory nature, examines the complex issues of the attitudes and perspectives of mankind.

27.05.16 Hager Group sponsors a team in the WAVE TROPHY

When the opportunity presented itself to sponsor an e-couple in the rally, for Hager Group it was hard to refuse, indeed, e-mobility is an important topic for the group now and in the future. witty charging stations, an e-rally charging stop in Blieskastel in 2015 for the simultaneous charging of 26 electric vehicles, and not to mention its venture with freshmile (an operator for recharging electrical vehicles) are some of examples that prove that Hager Group is a firm supporter of all initiatives promoting sustainable development. 

21.03.16 Hager Group Annual Report 2015

Listening? Isn’t that something we all do day in, day out? Actually, listening and understanding are two very different things. For this reason, Hager Group has dedicated its Annual Report 2015 to the all-important art of listening.

15.03.16 Hightech-Forum at Light + Building 2016

What innovations does our country need in order to make the smart home concept a success nationwide? What technologies must be developed so that we can design buildings that are efficient and intelligent?

24.02.16 Hager Group acquires French company Azimut Monitoring

Hager Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of the French company Azimut Monitoring, a leading company in the field of air quality and noise monitoring for smart buildings and smart cities.

11.12.15 Hager Group develops the Internet of Things in cooperation with AllSeen Alliance

Perfectly connected to the future: Hager Group develops the Internet of Things in cooperation with AllSeen Alliance

28.10.15 Millions of Germans are living alongside outdated electrical installations

Although modern electrical appliances are increasingly making their way into German households, millions of electrical installations have yet to progress from post-war conditions.

20.10.15 Getting old in the safety of your own home

Hager Group has brought together practitioners, decision-makers and pioneering thinkers at AAL Days in Obernai

16.10.15 Franck Houdebert, new member of the Board of Directors

Hager Group puts Human Resources in the forefront.

13.10.15 “Excellent Places in the Land of Ideas” 2015

The intelligent building from Blieskastel

16.09.15 E-Rallye organised by the Moselle Departement in France makes a charging stop at Hager Group.

Intelligent recharging management at Hager Group site in Blieskastel allows 26 electric vehicles to be recharged simultaneously.

20.08.15 The 1st Franco-German AAL Days

Ambient Assisted Living technology is opening up a new business area for solutions that make everyday life easier for the elderly and those in need of care.

30.07.15 ‘Going beyond borders’: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer begins her summer tour with Hager Group in Blieskastel.

This year, the theme for Minister-President Kramp-Karrenbauer’s summer tour is ‘going beyond borders’, which began at a company which best demonstrates this theme

08.07.15 Hager Forum is now open:

a hub of inspiration and innovation

26.06.15 Hager Group says goodbye and thank you to Oswald Bubel on the occasion of his retirement:

 more than 50 years for the continuous growth of the group.

23.06.15 New Annual Report

Family company Hager Group projects to speed up growth and explains key factors of success in new annual report.

09.06.15 “Excellent Places in the Land of Ideas 2015”:

 expert panel awards prize to Blieskastel research and application centre.

27.05.15 New organisation for the EEBus initiative for smart connectivity

Johannes Hauck, Hager Group, is nominated for the Executive board.

13.05.15 Hager Group at Expo 2015

It is launched! The Expo 2015 world exhibition has opened its doors to the public, and Hager Group is taking part.

14.04.15 “On track for further growth”

Supervisory Board confirms Hager Group’s Board of Directors in office.

08.04.15 #speed202 – a complete success!

203.275 km/h - Edmond Plawczyk sets record with support from Hager

02.04.15 Energy efficiency, security and comfort:

Hager Group demonstrated how houses and their residents can learn from one another with “autonomic building” at this year’s CeBIT

27.03.15 Forward-looking strategist:

Martin Kaiser appointed as Head of Services at Hager Group

20.03.15 #speed202: objective 202 km/h

Edmond Plawczyk and Hager on track for record attempt!

03.02.15 Keynote event on electric mobility: “Keeping people moving”

“Keeping people moving”

08.01.15 Bocchiotti

Hager Group acquires Italy’s market leader in cable management 

19.12.14 Hager Group Continuous Improvement Awards 2014

At the eleventh Hager Group Continuous Improvement Awards ceremony which took place on 15th December in the Mélies amphitheatre in Obernai, France,

18.11.14 Major industry award for Dr. Oswald Hager

Hager Group founder honoured for lifetime achievement

04.07.14 Global Compact

Hager Group continues its sustainable commitment to the United Nations’ Global Compact

25.06.14 Change on Hager Group’s Supervisory Board

Two new faces and a change at the top: those were the decisions made at Hager SE’s (societas europaea) annual general meeting, which was held today at the company’s headquarters in Blieskastel.

03.04.14 From energy-efficient housing to smart grid

Hager Group dynamises the energy transition

26.03.14 Hermann Hager has passed away

Hermann Hager, one of the great entrepreneurial personalities of the post-war period, has died at the age of 85.

13.01.14 Hager Group and ABN Braun AG agree on strategic partnership

Working together to strengthen outdoor electricity

17.12.13 Hager Group Continuous Improvement Awards 2013

At the beginning of December, Hager Group organised for the tenth year in a row its “Continuous Improvement (CI) Awards” ceremony in Neunkirchen, close to the group’s headquarters in Blieskastel, Germany. The ceremony rewards employees who suggest the best initiatives in the domain of continuous improvement.

26.11.13 Hager Group: Making our diversity an asset

With employees of 65 different nationalities, Hager Group is a global player dealing with diversity on a daily basis. In 2012, we decided to take this approach even further and formalised our approach to diversity.

14.11.13 Shape, function and emotion - Discovering Hager’s design world.

Hager has been creating standards for the electrical industry for more than five decades. ...

18.09.13 Hager Group lays the first stone of its new Forum

On 16th September building work officially started on the new Hager Group Forum at the Group's biggest site in Obernai, Alsace.

20.08.13 An adventurous day with Hager Group

Hager Group treats youngsters at SOS Children's Villages to a trip to Europa-Park in Rust.

25.07.13 Going on-line with sustainability and the United Nations’ Global Compact

On 26th June 2013 Hager Group went on-line with the 2013 edition of its Communication on Progress report for the United Nations’ Global Compact.

25.06.13 50 years of Franco-German friendship: Hager Group supports the Paris–Berlin Tour

Even 50 years after it was signed, the Franco-German Treaty of Friendship is still keeping the two countries in motion. To celebrate the Élysée-Treaty 50 German and French cyclists will pedal their way from Paris to Berlin. Also taking part will be Hager Group, whose history is intertwined with that of the two countries in a special way.

21.06.13 Hager Group Health Week - Everyone's a winner! A resounding success

Hager Group held its first international campaign week on the subject of health and well-being at work and declares it to have been a great success.

29.05.13 Hager Group reinforces its activity in the field of security-related services

Hager Group evolves continuing to make life easier for its customers and partners, becoming a supplier of services and total solutions.

27.03.13 Ideas rewarded for the intelligent use of energy

Hager Group presents awards to three energy-efficient innovations at the CeBIT trade fair.

19.03.13 Hager Group, furthering its ambition to be a global player, appoints an internationally experienced top manager

In a period of dynamic expansion, Hager Group has strengthened its management team with an internationally experienced top manager.

05.03.13 Sponsorship and start-up recognition from the leading innovator in the electrotechnical sector

Press conference on 5th March 2013.

28.02.13 Awarding Berker design - Berker switch design in the spotlight

Over the last few months, the new Berker R.1, R.3. and Serie R.classic switch ranges have received a total of 15 awards for design.

27.02.13 CODE_n E_nergised by Hager Group

Sponsorship and start-up recognition from the leading innovator in the electro-technical sector.

16.01.13 Hager Group intranet among the 10 best intranets in the world

The year has had an excellent start for the communication and collaborative tools of Hager Group.

01.12.12 "iF communication design award 2013" for Hager Group's excellent Annual Report

When the name Hager Group appears on the outside, there's innovation within: For decades this principle has kept the Saarland companyat the forefront of the electrical engineering industry.

01.10.12 A Building to Represent Hager Group’s Identity

Sauerbruch Hutton have won the Competition to build the new Hager Group Forum In the Alsatian Town of Obernai.

01.10.12 A chance for the professional future: Hager Group and the CJD cooperate in training

Whoever opts for logistics training at the vocational training centre of the CJD Homburg/Saar, learns his trade under real-time conditions. Hager Group provides the trainees with two halls on the old Ensheimer factory site and this gives a further example of sustainability at Hager Group: “E3”.

24.08.12 Just innovative: the Hager Group Annual Report 2011
Today’s ideas for tomorrow’s growth

It is said that the most reliable way to forecast the future is to invent it, and it is exactly this that Hager Group is intensively working on.

22.05.12 Hager Group takes majority stake in locate solution GmbH

Hager Group and the former scemtec automation GmbH are to jointly develop system solutions for elderly people as well as for people in need of care and with restricted health conditions.

16.04.12 Hager Group strengthens its commitment in Saudi Arabia

To strengthen its presence on the Arabian Peninsula, Hager Group opened a new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 11 March 2012.

30.03.12 Hager Group: Mike Elbers new Marketing and Sales Director Central

From April 1st Mike Elbers will be strengthening Hager Group as Marketing and Sales Director for Hager and Berker in Germany as well as Head of Central Europe (Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands).

24.11.16

90th birthday of Dr Oswald Hager

90 years old and ever the consummate entrepreneur.
The 90th birthday of Dr Oswald Hager marks the celebration of a milestone in the life of a pioneer in the German electrical engineering sector.

More...

08.11.16

Hager Group organises fun day out for youngsters from three SOS Children’s Villages

Almost 80 children from three SOS Children’s Villages were recently given the chance to discover Europe’s best theme park: Europa-Park.

More...

22.09.16

A network for the future

First international meeting of Hager Group’s community of trainees, apprentices and interns.

More...

30.08.16

Hager Group Digital Annual Report awarded twice with Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016

More...

28.06.16

‘Mann auf Stier’: new outdoor sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol unveiled at Hager Group in Obernai

With the coloured bronze sculpture ‘Mann auf Stier’ (‘Man on bull’), the artist has picked up on the myth of the bull – very popular in art throughout history – and created a sculpture that, due to its contradictory nature, examines the complex issues of the attitudes and perspectives of mankind.

More...

27.05.16

Hager Group sponsors a team in the WAVE TROPHY

When the opportunity presented itself to sponsor an e-couple in the rally, for Hager Group it was hard to refuse, indeed, e-mobility is an important topic for the group now and in the future. witty charging stations, an e-rally charging stop in Blieskastel in 2015 for the simultaneous charging of 26 electric vehicles, and not to mention its venture with freshmile (an operator for recharging electrical vehicles) are some of examples that prove that Hager Group is a firm supporter of all initiatives promoting sustainable development. 

More...

21.03.16

Hager Group Annual Report 2015

Listening? Isn’t that something we all do day in, day out? Actually, listening and understanding are two very different things. For this reason, Hager Group has dedicated its Annual Report 2015 to the all-important art of listening.

More...

15.03.16

Hightech-Forum at Light + Building 2016

What innovations does our country need in order to make the smart home concept a success nationwide? What technologies must be developed so that we can design buildings that are efficient and intelligent?

More...

24.02.16

Hager Group acquires French company Azimut Monitoring

Hager Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of the French company Azimut Monitoring, a leading company in the field of air quality and noise monitoring for smart buildings and smart cities.

More...

11.12.15

Hager Group develops the Internet of Things in cooperation with AllSeen Alliance

Perfectly connected to the future: Hager Group develops the Internet of Things in cooperation with AllSeen Alliance

More...

28.10.15

Millions of Germans are living alongside outdated electrical installations

Although modern electrical appliances are increasingly making their way into German households, millions of electrical installations have yet to progress from post-war conditions.

More...

20.10.15

Getting old in the safety of your own home

Hager Group has brought together practitioners, decision-makers and pioneering thinkers at AAL Days in Obernai

More...

16.10.15

Franck Houdebert, new member of the Board of Directors

Hager Group puts Human Resources in the forefront.

More...

13.10.15

“Excellent Places in the Land of Ideas” 2015

The intelligent building from Blieskastel

More...

16.09.15

E-Rallye organised by the Moselle Departement in France makes a charging stop at Hager Group.

Intelligent recharging management at Hager Group site in Blieskastel allows 26 electric vehicles to be recharged simultaneously.

More...

20.08.15

The 1st Franco-German AAL Days

Ambient Assisted Living technology is opening up a new business area for solutions that make everyday life easier for the elderly and those in need of care.

More...

30.07.15

‘Going beyond borders’: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer begins her summer tour with Hager Group in Blieskastel.

This year, the theme for Minister-President Kramp-Karrenbauer’s summer tour is ‘going beyond borders’, which began at a company which best demonstrates this theme

More...

08.07.15

Hager Forum is now open:

a hub of inspiration and innovation

More...

26.06.15

Hager Group says goodbye and thank you to Oswald Bubel on the occasion of his retirement:

 more than 50 years for the continuous growth of the group.

More...

23.06.15

New Annual Report

Family company Hager Group projects to speed up growth and explains key factors of success in new annual report.

More...

09.06.15

“Excellent Places in the Land of Ideas 2015”:

 expert panel awards prize to Blieskastel research and application centre.

More...

27.05.15

New organisation for the EEBus initiative for smart connectivity

Johannes Hauck, Hager Group, is nominated for the Executive board.

More...

13.05.15

Hager Group at Expo 2015

It is launched! The Expo 2015 world exhibition has opened its doors to the public, and Hager Group is taking part.

More...

14.04.15

“On track for further growth”

Supervisory Board confirms Hager Group’s Board of Directors in office.

More...

08.04.15

#speed202 – a complete success!

203.275 km/h - Edmond Plawczyk sets record with support from Hager

More...

02.04.15

Energy efficiency, security and comfort:

Hager Group demonstrated how houses and their residents can learn from one another with “autonomic building” at this year’s CeBIT

More...

27.03.15

Forward-looking strategist:

Martin Kaiser appointed as Head of Services at Hager Group

More...

20.03.15

#speed202: objective 202 km/h

Edmond Plawczyk and Hager on track for record attempt!

More...

03.02.15

Keynote event on electric mobility: “Keeping people moving”

“Keeping people moving”

More...

08.01.15

Bocchiotti

Hager Group acquires Italy’s market leader in cable management 

More...

19.12.14

Hager Group Continuous Improvement Awards 2014

At the eleventh Hager Group Continuous Improvement Awards ceremony which took place on 15th December in the Mélies amphitheatre in Obernai, France,

More...

18.11.14

Major industry award for Dr. Oswald Hager

Hager Group founder honoured for lifetime achievement

More...

04.07.14

Global Compact

Hager Group continues its sustainable commitment to the United Nations’ Global Compact

More...

25.06.14

Change on Hager Group’s Supervisory Board

Two new faces and a change at the top: those were the decisions made at Hager SE’s (societas europaea) annual general meeting, which was held today at the company’s headquarters in Blieskastel.

More...

03.04.14

From energy-efficient housing to smart grid

Hager Group dynamises the energy transition

More...

26.03.14

Hermann Hager has passed away

Hermann Hager, one of the great entrepreneurial personalities of the post-war period, has died at the age of 85.

More...

13.01.14

Hager Group and ABN Braun AG agree on strategic partnership

Working together to strengthen outdoor electricity

More...

17.12.13

Hager Group Continuous Improvement Awards 2013

At the beginning of December, Hager Group organised for the tenth year in a row its “Continuous Improvement (CI) Awards” ceremony in Neunkirchen, close to the group’s headquarters in Blieskastel, Germany. The ceremony rewards employees who suggest the best initiatives in the domain of continuous improvement.

More...

26.11.13

Hager Group: Making our diversity an asset

With employees of 65 different nationalities, Hager Group is a global player dealing with diversity on a daily basis. In 2012, we decided to take this approach even further and formalised our approach to diversity.

More...

14.11.13

Shape, function and emotion - Discovering Hager’s design world.

Hager has been creating standards for the electrical industry for more than five decades. ...

More...

18.09.13

Hager Group lays the first stone of its new Forum

On 16th September building work officially started on the new Hager Group Forum at the Group's biggest site in Obernai, Alsace.

More...

20.08.13

An adventurous day with Hager Group

Hager Group treats youngsters at SOS Children's Villages to a trip to Europa-Park in Rust.

More...

25.07.13

Going on-line with sustainability and the United Nations’ Global Compact

On 26th June 2013 Hager Group went on-line with the 2013 edition of its Communication on Progress report for the United Nations’ Global Compact.

More...

25.06.13

50 years of Franco-German friendship: Hager Group supports the Paris–Berlin Tour

Even 50 years after it was signed, the Franco-German Treaty of Friendship is still keeping the two countries in motion. To celebrate the Élysée-Treaty 50 German and French cyclists will pedal their way from Paris to Berlin. Also taking part will be Hager Group, whose history is intertwined with that of the two countries in a special way.

More...

21.06.13

Hager Group Health Week - Everyone's a winner! A resounding success

Hager Group held its first international campaign week on the subject of health and well-being at work and declares it to have been a great success.

More...

29.05.13

Hager Group reinforces its activity in the field of security-related services

Hager Group evolves continuing to make life easier for its customers and partners, becoming a supplier of services and total solutions.

More...

27.03.13

Ideas rewarded for the intelligent use of energy

Hager Group presents awards to three energy-efficient innovations at the CeBIT trade fair.

More...

19.03.13

Hager Group, furthering its ambition to be a global player, appoints an internationally experienced top manager

In a period of dynamic expansion, Hager Group has strengthened its management team with an internationally experienced top manager.

More...

05.03.13

Sponsorship and start-up recognition from the leading innovator in the electrotechnical sector

Press conference on 5th March 2013.

More...

28.02.13

Awarding Berker design - Berker switch design in the spotlight

Over the last few months, the new Berker R.1, R.3. and Serie R.classic switch ranges have received a total of 15 awards for design.

More...

27.02.13

CODE_n E_nergised by Hager Group

Sponsorship and start-up recognition from the leading innovator in the electro-technical sector.

More...

16.01.13

Hager Group intranet among the 10 best intranets in the world

The year has had an excellent start for the communication and collaborative tools of Hager Group.

More...

01.12.12

"iF communication design award 2013" for Hager Group's excellent Annual Report

When the name Hager Group appears on the outside, there's innovation within: For decades this principle has kept the Saarland companyat the forefront of the electrical engineering industry.

More...

01.10.12

A Building to Represent Hager Group’s Identity

Sauerbruch Hutton have won the Competition to build the new Hager Group Forum In the Alsatian Town of Obernai.

More...

01.10.12

A chance for the professional future: Hager Group and the CJD cooperate in training

Whoever opts for logistics training at the vocational training centre of the CJD Homburg/Saar, learns his trade under real-time conditions. Hager Group provides the trainees with two halls on the old Ensheimer factory site and this gives a further example of sustainability at Hager Group: “E3”.

More...

24.08.12

Just innovative: the Hager Group Annual Report 2011
Today’s ideas for tomorrow’s growth

It is said that the most reliable way to forecast the future is to invent it, and it is exactly this that Hager Group is intensively working on.

More...

22.05.12

Hager Group takes majority stake in locate solution GmbH

Hager Group and the former scemtec automation GmbH are to jointly develop system solutions for elderly people as well as for people in need of care and with restricted health conditions.

More...

16.04.12

Hager Group strengthens its commitment in Saudi Arabia

To strengthen its presence on the Arabian Peninsula, Hager Group opened a new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 11 March 2012.

More...

30.03.12

Hager Group: Mike Elbers new Marketing and Sales Director Central

From April 1st Mike Elbers will be strengthening Hager Group as Marketing and Sales Director for Hager and Berker in Germany as well as Head of Central Europe (Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands).

More...


Getting old in the safety of your own home

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Blieskastel, 20th October 2015

Getting old in the safety of your own home: Hager Group has brought together practitioners, decision-makers and pioneering thinkers at AAL Days in Obernai

The number of elderly people in Europe is continually growing, and they are all united by the same wish: to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Progress in technology is clearly on their side, as electronic devices and specially tailored services are available to help them in their everyday lives. What do elderly people need today, and how can modern technology help them? Answers to these questions were provided on the first Franco-German AAL Days held by Hager Group in Obernai on 28th and 29th September.

People in Europe are getting older and older. By 2030 more than 22 million men and women will have reached retirement age in Germany alone – around a third more than today. Surveys show that the majority of them would prefer to spend their remaining years in their own homes. And more than half of over-65s would be prepared to use technical gadgets that remind them to take their tablets or alarm systems featuring functions such as electronic sensors which monitor movement and falls.

The figures illustrate that ambient assisted living (AAL) has and will continue to have considerable social and economic potential. The idea is to provide technical solutions to enhance older people’s quality of life. With this in mind, developers at Hager Group have, for some time now, been investigating how state-of-the-art technologies can be combined with simple adjustments to a person’s home and specially customised services for the user’s benefit. When Hager Group joined the AAL Saar Network, founded in July 2014, it demonstrated its resolve to move ahead in matters of AAL together with traders, large companies, care services, local councils, statutory health insurance providers and social welfare organisations.

By organising the first Franco-German AAL Days on 28th and 29th September 2015, Hager Group continued this tradition and showed how seriously it takes AAL. This conference at the newly opened Hager Forum on the company’s premises in Obernai was attended by high-ranking politicians from Germany and France, as well as by numerous representatives of businesses and also by healthcare experts, property specialists and journalists. They shared their ideas and expertise in workshops, presentations and informal conversations before and after the panel discussions. In addition, information stands on the first floor of Hager Forum gave the delegates an opportunity to find out about numerous ideas and solutions developed by innovative AAL companies.

“Demographic change is one of the greatest social challenges of our time,” said Daniel Hager, CEO of Hager Group. “Our aim is to use the Franco-German AAL Days as a way of helping to spread knowledge about how dignified ageing could look today and in the future. AAL Days are not a sales event, they give everyone on the market an opportunity to present their experiences and to go home with fresh knowledge and new contacts.”

Stephan Kreutzer, head of AAL Business Development at Hager Group and co-organiser of the AAL Days with Jean-Michel Hervouët, highlighted in his speech that this industry event was a must for anybody who wanted to gain a comprehensive understanding of AAL. “Great ideas start in the mind. And great ideas are created by bringing together the best minds. The more we learn from each other and work together, the faster we can provide solutions that make life easier for the elderly.”

The importance of AAL for independent living was also emphasised by Stephan Toscani, Minister for Finance and European Affairs of the German State of Saarland. “Accessibility is a vital requirement for ten per cent of the population, helpful for 40 per cent and a matter of convenience for 100 per cent,” said Toscani, who also spoke on behalf of Annegret Kramp-Krrenbauer, Saarland’s Premier and German patron of AAL Days. “This is also why AAL products are becoming increasingly integrated into other spheres of everyday life – similar to cars, which we use on a daily basis. These are questions which we are addressing in Saarland, and so we particularly welcome Hager Group’s commitment on such issues.” He also praised Hager Group’s cross-border collaboration on AAL which is reflected in its patronage, as AAL Days are supported not only by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, but also by French patrons: Laurence Rossignol,  State Secretary at the Ministry for Social Affairs and Healthcare, with responsibility for families, the elderly and independent living in old age and childhood, Philippe Richert, President of the Regional Council of Alsace as well as Jean-Pierre Masseret, President of the Regional Council of Lorraine.
Mr. Richert stressed the importance of senior citizens, "they are a group of people that are important and represent a great market potential.” Christophe Choserot, Vice-President of the Regional Council of Lorraine representing Mr. Masseret, took advantage of the event to announce the launch on 7th October of the regional sector strategic committee of the Silver Economy and the Franco-German cluster.

Differences between France and Germany
During the presentations and workshops it became apparent that people in Germany and France have similar needs in many spheres of life, but that minor differences must be taken into account when AAL solutions are designed – especially regarding people's spending power and their willingness to use technology.

For instance, elderly French people have, on average, slightly higher pensions than their peers on the other side of the Rhine, while German employees retire later in life: Whereas in France only 48 per cent in the 55-to-64 age bracket are still working, this figure is 55 per cent in Germany. There are also differences in social insurance: while in Germany anyone with health insurance also has nursing care insurance, France has no such tradition. Instead, it has a nursing care allowance which is funded through a general solidarity level, through pension funds and by local councils. Unlike in Germany, ambient assisted living is not funded centrally, through statutory health insurance companies, but at local level, resulting in a highly diverse market.

Quite surprisingly, cultural differences as well as economic aspects are important for an analysis of the AAL market. When surveyed, a considerable majority of German pensioners showed a cautious attitude towards technical assistance solutions. They prefer human assistance to technology whenever possible. By contrast, their French peers, while not overly enthusiastic, proved to be far more open-minded towards technology when questioned. This affinity for technology even showed itself in people’s preferences for control devices. While German pensioners prefer smartphones and tablets for this purpose, French pensioners are happy to go one step further and use integrated sensors, smart everyday objects and video communication in their daily lives.

In his closing speech, Daniel Hager announced that Hager Group would continue to pursue AAL issues with some intensity and that AAL Days would become a recurring event. He emphasised the importance of sharing information, particularly with practitioners from the nursing care sector, since they had the best understanding of the needs of vulnerable people. “Well-designed assisted living solutions help the individual without creating a stigma,” he said. “Our main focus is on people. We put them before technology.”

Further details
I. The concept of AAL and what it means to the individual and the economy
The German Ministry of Education and Research introduced the term ambient assisted living (AAL) to cover all assistance systems within a domestic environment. The concept was then developed further by Locate Solution GmbH, a subsidiary of Hager Group, which also coined a suitable German phrase for it, meaning “assistance to support everyday life”. This definition includes assistance systems in a domestic environment, while also leaving enough space to define each user’s specific requirements.

Ambient assisted living technology is opening up a new business segment for solutions that make everyday life easier for the elderly and those in need of care. This market is being fuelled enormously by demographic change.

Statistical background:

  • According to the German Federal Statistical Office, the number of people requiring care in 2015 was 1.5 million. This figure will have doubled by 2020, and by 2030 statisticians are expecting to see 3.4 million in need of care.
  • Every tenth 65-year-old has cognitive problems, often resulting from a heart attack. Every other 85-year-old needs help in everyday life.
  • Surveys have shown that over half of the 65+ population use permanent telemedicine monitoring devices, reminder functions for their medication intake or alarm systems, such as fall detectors and apnoea detectors.
  • If more attention were paid to the needs of the elderly, it could potentially create up to 1 million jobs in the AAL sector, according to the Institute for Work and Technology (IAT in Gelsenkirchen).
  • The national economy could benefit greatly if the elderly could live at home for longer. This would also reduce the burden on nursing care insurers.

Areas of application
AAL is finding its way increasingly into people’s domestic environments, particularly in combination with care services. The main emphasis is on providing convenient support, speedy assistance in emergencies and potential networking with specific services in and around the house, such as accompanying a person on visits to their GP, doing their shopping for them and cleaning and tidying their house.

AAL systems in the private sphere can:

  • take on safety, security, preventative and reminder functions,
  • either promote or support and sustain independent living and mobility,
  • train and sustain cognitive skills,
  • support or promote the maintenance or development of social contacts.

At the same time AAL technologies can support district nurses and carers in a way that meets their patients’ needs.

AAL was first used in the medical sector and in home-based care. The first products were a red button on a wristband or a pendant, enabling an elderly person to get help after slipping in the bathroom, and a pacemaker which regularly sent wireless signals, reporting correct functioning.

In the future a major role will be played by digitisation and networking. Heart failure, for instance, can be monitored by sensors measuring a person’s respiratory rate, blood pressure and heartbeat and sending the data to their GP. Other utilities can protect a patient from their forgetfulness. Do you want to keep the hob switched on? Do you want to continue running the washing-up water? Many of Germany’s 1.2 million dementia patients may not need to move to nursing homes.

The third area covers multimedia applications which can help to prevent social isolation. Video telephony can provide some cheerful glimpses of the grandchildren’s everyday lives. A virtual butler can open the door to the outside world, as he knows all the local events in the area as well as public transport timetables. He can also order meals or flowers and manage times and dates for meeting up with neighbours.

II. AAL in practice: independent living in Dortmund
Ambient assistant living systems have become a practical reality and are already helping pensioners to live their lives independently, safely and without too many worries. A cooperative venture between the Dortmund housing association DOGEWO and Locate Solution, a Hager Group subsidiary, shows quite specifically how assistance can be provided in everyday life:

Harry Wendt is 80 years old and has lived in a rented flat in Dortmund for 25 years. He has been on his own since his wife’s death. The former miner has respiratory problems and needs help in his daily life. His son lives long way off, in Freiburg, and Harry doesn’t always want to bother his neighbours, and he certainly has no intention of moving.

Three years ago his landlord, the Dortmund Housing Association (DOGEWO), completely redeveloped several of its properties and, as part of this work, offered to install a number of technical facilities. As nearly all the residents were over 65 at the time, the housing association decided not only to reduce architectural barriers, but also to involve the help of the Hager Group company Locate Solution, a leading supplier of assisted living solutions. The products of this company, which is based in Essen, could initially be tested by DOGEWO’s tenants free of charge under a project which had won an award from the German Federal Ministry for Families. Harry, for instance, opted for a product called my.sens – a smart protection system with several sensors that can be set up in all the rooms within a matter of minutes and without requiring any structural changes to the property. If these sensors have not registered any movement for a certain amount of time, the base module issues an audible signal. Unless the user turns this preliminary alarm off, an alert is sent to one or more specially designated individuals.

The decisive benefit, where Harry is concerned, is that there is no need to press a button – something which might be quite difficult in an emergency call system, for instance after a fall. Another point that is important to Harry is that the alarm doesn’t go straight to the emergency services. The first people who are alerted are two friendly neighbours. They can drop round in person and then take further steps if required. Moreover, my.sens does not interfere with the patient’s private sphere. It works without a camera and therefore without recording images of the user. Neither does it store personal data, thus complying with the relevant data protection regulations. Finally, the system gives full control to the patient and can be turned on and off at any time, at the press of a button.
 

About Hager Group
Hager was founded in Ensheim, Saarland, in 1955. The company is now a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Our range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.

As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of about 1.7 billion euros. Components and solutions are produced at 23 sites around the globe and are trusted by customers in more than 95 countries worldwide. Our success is owed to the trust our customers have placed in us. 
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