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GAIA and Smart Spaces

About the Living Lab

  • Year of Establishment: 2011
  • GAIA
  • Bilbao, Spain
  • Type of Living Lab
    • Urban & Rural Living Lab (Smart cities & regions, Rural areas)
    • Living Lab as a service (SME/Start-up, Government)
    • Living testbed (Technology testing, Tech transfer)
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GAIA and SMART SPACES is a distributed Living Lab around “Gernika-Lumo Silver Lab”, based on the “Smart Spaces” concept:

  • Smart Space is any space that improves your quality of life without interfering with your life.
  • It is not just about having a smart device in place to fulfill a specific purpose or two; it is how multiple devices integrate to share information; learn from each other and solve problems greater that the sum of their parts.
  • The key to implement a Smart solution is to really determine what the needs are.

It is a Living Lab to energize a collaborative ecosystem, between the main actors in the areas of health and well-being for the elderly, giving visibility to its added value at a European and international level and attracting potential key collaborators from both the private and public sectors.

  • Ageing of society – Ageing society
  • Citizen-centered care.
  • Health and environment.
  • Physical activity and health
  • Emerging technologies.
  • User testing, co-creation and validation of innovative European products and services with local companies and associations for the best of health and well-being for people over 55.
Goals & Vision
  • Promote the international positioning of Gernika Silver Lab
  • Promote transnational / transregional collaboration for the exchange of knowledge and the exchange of experiences with other ecosystems at the international level.
  • Become a key tool to promote and assist the scalability, adaptation and exploitation of products and services related to health and well-being at local or transregional and transnational level.
  • Establish links and collaborations with national and international key actors when driving innovation in health and wellness.
Accordion Title

Previous Projects:

  • 6_0!: Promoting health through recreational soccer – Football is Medicine. A project for the development of an International Sustainable Soccer Observatory, to disseminate and expand intellectual results and best practices to other municipalities and other sports.
  • IOANNA: International innovation project funded by AAL Programme and aimed at developing a solution aimed at older adults, local businesses and businesses, and small and/ or isolated municipalities.

Running/Ongoing Projects:

  • POSITIVE: A collaborative project for the development of a personalized platform assisting seniors in Healthy, fulfilled and active life.
  • iCan: An international collaborative project for the creation of an inclusive online platform to facilitate the day to day life of older adults in collaborating municipalities that will be accompanied by a smart bracelet or watch.

Area(s) of work

Areas of work: Health & Wellbeing, Social Innovation, Culture and Creativity.

Subsections: Active and Heatlhy Aging, independent living,  gender inequality and social inclusion, cultural identity and basque


Gernika City Council, ENoLL

Staff Expertise

Experts in wellbeing, silver economy, environmental sustainability, exploitation and commercialization.

Stakeholders Population

Regarding stakeholders population, GAIA has access to several Living Lab stakeholders, such as the Gernika-Lumo municipality and Torrezuri Group,as well as, not only elderly healthy people, but also elderly people with Mild Cognitive Dissorders and formal and/or informal caregivers.


Researchers granted Transnational Access to GAIA and Smart Spaces may benefit from the following services:

Networking and capacity building: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Grant writing and funding application support service; Innovation network orchestration; Marketing and sales support; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping. Planning to offer: Capacity building; Temporary research funding; Panel management; Public procurement support services.

Project planning and management: Intake and matching; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Living lab project planning and management. Planning to offer: Panel management.

Market and competitor intelligence services: Competitor and market analysis and benchmarking; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping. Planning to offer: Access to data; Foresighting (trends, weak signals and wild cards); Legal, regulation and safety standard support; Post-market surveillance and market acceptance testing.

Co-creation: Co-creation session; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping. Planning to offer: Foresighting (trends, weak signals and wild cards); Legal, regulation and safety standard support; Public procurement support services.

Testing and validation: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Idea selection and testing; Impact assessment and validation test; Prototyping test; Small-scale real-life testing and experimentation; Usability testing. Planning to offer: Concept and proof-of-concept tests – concept feasibility study; Large-scale real-life testing and piloting; Post-market surveillance and market acceptance testing; Simulation test.

Advisory services: Expert opinion, and advisory services. Planning to offer: Public procurement support services; Legal, regulation and safety standard support.

Marketing and sales support: Expert opinion, and advisory services. Planning to offer: Legal, regulation and safety standard support; Marketing and sales support; Public procurement support services.

Visit our Living Lab Harmonisation Wiki Page for detailed descriptions of the Research & Development services that Living Labs offer.


Researchers at GAIA and Smart Spaces have access to the following technologies and devices:

Activity Tracking/Monitoring

  • Calories burnt (Xiaomi MiBand5, Galaxy Watch 3)
  • Physical activity (Xiaomi MiBand5, Galaxy Watch 3)
  • Steps (Xiaomi MiBand5, Galaxy Watch 3)

Assisting Technology: Walking speed (Xiaomi MiBand5, Galaxy Watch 3)

Biometrics: Heart rate (Xiaomi MiBand5, Galaxy Watch 3)

Other: Balance measurement with the help of a Smart Balance Board.

Visit our Living Lab Harmonisation Wiki Page for more details regarding Living Lab technologies and devices.

Use Cases based on Researchers Expertise

The following researcher profiles have been identified as the most suitable to conduct research to GAIA and Smart Spaces (the list is non-exhaustive):

Policy Makers: Studying the impact of new service models or new collaboration models in healthcare, designing or improving policies, gathering requirements for improving health and wellbeing of citizens, co-creation of research methodologies for policy making.

Experts in sport science: Experimenting novel training methods, and their effectiveness in various dimensions such as safety, engagement, and physical capabilities. Studying the impact of physical movements in various functions and wellbeing features

Experts in performing arts: Creative health improvement (e.g., for cognitive decline) through music and dance (example: redesigning public spaces into healthy spaces: test and validate Smart methodologies, products and services through folk dance)

Business developers: Studying the product-market fit, matching a solution with a societal need, learning about the user acceptance of products and services, as well as about potential products to develop, willingness to pay, business model and ideal route to market

Experts in applied economics: Evaluating cost and performance in different healthcare processes, situations and public health

Citizen Scientists / users as co-researchers: User empowerment, training, design, analysis and implementation of strategies and methodologies for user engagement and for raising awareness and generating citizen participation

Innovation and design management researchers: Ecosystem and innovation management research, social network analysis. Evaluating how health and wellbeing ecosystem operates between different actors at local, regional, national and international level, including also scaling and commercialization.