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LifeSpace by UPM

  • Year of Establishment: 2010
  • Life Support Technologies (LifeSTech) group of UPM
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Governance: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Type of Living Lab
    • Urban & Rural Living Lab (Smart cities & regions)
    • Living Lab as a service (Company, SME/Start-up)
    • Living testbed (Technology testing, Tech transfer)
Online Presence

In 2010, this space was founded as the Smart House Living Lab, specialized in home automation, ambient intelligence and scenarios of everyday life. After 10 years of learning and research and innovation projects, 2020 was the beginning of a new stage: Lifespace. With new infrastructures, technologies and services, the possibilities in terms of innovation and experimentation go far beyond a smart home.


Our goal is to offer an ecosystem where to combine knowledge, actors and technologies for the creation and development of innovative and personalized solutions in health, quality of life and social well-being: the digital transformation of healthcare services, personalized medicine, active and healthy ageing, etc.


A network of more than 120 public and private sector actors in the health and social care field to promote a culture of excellence, collaboration and applied research. Our ecosystem works from the perspective of the quintuple helix: public agencies and governments, private companies and suppliers, academia and civil society working together for sustainable development.

We are part of:

  • EIT Health Community
  • ENoLL members network
  • EIPonAHA (5* Madrid Reference Site)
  • founder members
  • universALL Coalition
Goals & Vision

Inspirational driver: The power of technology and innovation to improve health and quality of life.

VISION: The digitization of healthcare, harvest the power of technology and data for patient care, disease prevention and personalized treatments.

MISSION: Provide infrastructure and services to help redesign healthcare systems and reshape traditional models of health and social care through technological innovation and research to build the future of health.


  • Generate and share knowledge through applied and cutting-edge research.
  • Foster a complex and sustainable innovation ecosystem around the world of healthcare.
  • Promote user-centered design and co-creation methodologies, involving health professionals and patients in the innovation process.

Develop, test and launch new products and services that bring added value to society as a whole.


Previous Projects:

  • ACTIVAGE ACTivating InnoVative IoT smart living environments for AGEing well. A large scale multi-center European pilot project on smart living environments, focused on building the first European IoT ecosystem with 9 Deployment Sites (DS) in seven countries, reusing and scaling underlying open and proprietary IoT platforms, technologies and standards, and integrating new interfaces needed to provide interoperability across these heterogeneous platforms. The goal was to promote Active and Healthy Ageing, supporting and extending the independent living of older adults in their living environments, and responding to the real needs of caregivers, service providers and public authorities. The project delivered the ACTIVAGE IoT Ecosystem Suite (AIOTES): a set of Techniques, Tools and Methodologies for interoperability at different layers between heterogeneous IoT Platforms and an Open Framework for providing Semantic Interoperability of IoT Platforms for AHA, addressing trustworthiness, privacy, data protection and security. User-demand driven interoperable IoT-enabled Active & Healthy Ageing solutions were deployed on top of the AIOTES in every DS, enhancing and scaling up existing services. ACTIVAGE assessed the socio-economic impact, the benefits of IoT-based smart living environments in the quality of life and autonomy and validating new business, financial and organizational models for care delivery, ensuring the sustainability after the project end, and disseminating these results to a worldwide audience. The consortium comprises industries, research centres, SMEs, service providers, public authorities encompassing the whole value chain. LifeSpace was responsible, among other tasks, for the development of the 4 IoT solutions deployed in the Madrid pilot with +1,000 users.
  • BETTER@HOME Integrated care solution for patients hospitalized at home, enabled by digital technologyHospitals are facing huge pressures with growing multi-morbidity, chronic diseases and hospital stays. There is an urgent need to find a cost-effective, sustainable alternative to ensure the quality of care for all. Hospitalisation at home is proven to increase efficient healthcare provision by reducing costs and boosting patient satisfaction, but the current model of delivery isn’t sustainable as it often consists of a full, dedicated team of physicians and nurses visiting patients’ homes. Better@Home has deployed a digital and integrated care solution for home hospitalization that has improved patient healthcare outcomes and patient satisfaction as well as reduced costs to the healthcare system through the optimization of resources and the coordination of a multidisciplinary team. To achieve this, the Better@Home solution meets certain requirements:
    • It is integrated within existing hospital care workflows and expands its network to patients’ homes.
    • It included new protocols to enhance process efficiency: adaptation of the existing hospital technology, plans for a support centre to carry out administrative tasks, communication channels for primary care providers to exchange patient information.
    • It was designed for patients with a variety of conditions that require hospitalisation, from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to pneumonia, infections and heart failure.

    Better@Home was developed and successfully implemented at the Infanta Leonor Hospital in Madrid in collaboration with LifeSpace.

Running/Ongoing Projects:

  • GATEKEEPER Integrated care solution for patients hospitalized at home, enabled by digital technology. The main objective of GATEKEEPER is to create a digital platform in health for building intelligent solutions for active and healthy living for citizens, patients and healthcare providers including governments aiming to connect healthcare providers, businesses, entrepreneurs, elderly citizens and the communities they live in, in order to originate an open, trust-based arena for matching ideas, technologies, user needs and processes, aimed at ensuring healthier independent lives for the ageing populations. By 2022, GATEKEEPER will be embodied in an open source, European, standard-based, interoperable and secure framework available to all developers, for creating combined digital solutions for personalised early detection and interventions that (i) harness the next generation of healthcare and wellness innovations; (ii) cover the whole care continuum for elderly citizens, including primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, chronic diseases and co-morbidities; (iii) straightforwardly fit “by design” with European regulations, on data protection, consumer protection and patient protection (iv) are subjected to trustable certification processes; (iv) support value generation through the deployment of advanced business models based on the VBHC paradigm. GATEKEEPER will demonstrate its value by scaling up, during a 42-months work plan, towards the deployment of solutions that will involve ca 40.000 elderly citizens, supply and demand side (authorities, institutions, companies, associations, academies) in 8 regional communities, from 7 EU member states and incorporating new deployments in 3 Asian countries. LifeSpace is responsible for the design, development and deployment of an app solution that will enable 12,000 Spanish pilot users to improve their habits, participate in activities in the city, learn about health and technology, and empower themselves through Active and Healthy Ageing. It will also provide a dashboard to support professionals in the field of AHA solutions development.
  • PHARMALEDGER Blockchain Enabled Healthcare. A blockchain-based platform that will enable trusted and privacy-enabled digital collaboration through knowledge sharing among the healthcare stakeholders; supporting highly compliant and interoperable data exchange among members of the pharmaceutical and healthcare value chain. The PharmaLedger platform builds on the pillars of blockchain (decentralization, transparency, and immutability), provides a set of services to ensure regulatory, legal and data privacy compliance, and will be validated through a set of use cases in three reference implementations: supply chain, clinical trials and health data. For us, this privacy-enabled, and efficient foundation using blockchain will help to emerge a stronger and trustworthy healthcare ecosystem. Moreover, the PharmaLedger consortium drives on early adoption of a disruptive blockchain-based digitization technology, with key industry participants joining forces to build a comprehensive solution for improving the quality of healthcare. A governance framework is being developed for this blockchain-based pharmaceutical and healthcare ecosystem; which shall allow stakeholders to benefit from the adoption of PharmaLedger and reap large efficiency, de-risking, cost reduction, and simplified compliance. To bring this platform to life, PharmaLedger focuses on validating the platform on a set of use cases from three reference implementations domains: supply chain, clinical trials and health data. These early implementations throughout each referenced domain provide evidence to create value and trust to unlock the potential of the digital healthcare ecosystem, especially to patients. PharmaLedger is a three year Project started in January 2020 receiving funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 853992. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA. PharmaLedger is driven by a private-public consortium with 29 partners (12 global pharmaceutical companies and 17 public and private entities).


LifeSpace has an area of over 150 m², it features modern control technology, monitoring and regulation of the environment, where ideas are born, developed and the most cutting-edge services are tested in the e-inclusion (AAL) and e-health (P-Health).

It consists of 3 distinct areas:

User area: approximately 100 m² where we can find not only a digital home, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room, but an open space where any scenario required can be simulated, scenarios such as an operating room or an office, where the user can interact with the environment through natural speech, touch screens, etc.

The Control room: which has a unique view of the user through a one-way mirror and holds the communication systems with high bandwidth user area and the Internet and server technologies, environmental monitoring and interaction designed so they are easily expandable and scalable in the future.

Area of Interaction in Virtual Reality: used for studying both, the user interaction with devices prior to prototyping in reality and for training them in their use.

Area(s) of work

Areas of work: Health & Wellbeing, Social Innovation, Artificial Intelligence.

Subsections: Active & Healthy Ageing, Accessible User Interface Design & Usability, Digital Platforms, Ambient intelligence & Domotics, Robotics.

Staff Expertise

Engineering: Biomedical engineering, computer and systems engineering, specializations in data analytics and cybersecurity

Social Sciences: Sociology and social communication

Design: UI/UX, web, 3D, graphic and multimedia

Stakeholders Population

Stakeholders Population Age Social and Health condition Max nr. of subjects that can be enrolled for TA
Social care service providers 18+ n.a. 2
Older adults 60+ healthy 5
General population 18+ healthy 15
Caregivers 18+ healthy 3


Networking and capacity building: Capacity building; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Innovation network orchestration; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping.

Co-creation: Co-creation session; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping.

Testing and validation: Concept and proof-of-concept tests – concept feasibility study; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Idea selection and testing; Impact assessment and validation test; Large-scale real-life testing and piloting.

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


Activity Tracking/Monitoring

  • Body positιon (Kinect, xSense)
  • Calories burned (FitBit)
  • Movement measurement (FitBit, moviseSense)
  • Physical activity (FitBit, moviseSense)
  • Physical performance (FitBit, moviseSense, Static bicycle)
  • Temperature (KNX ambient sensor)
  • Steps (FitBit, moviseSense, GoogleFit)

Assisting Technology

  • Video stream (AXIS network cameras, RTP streaming)
  • Voice commands (Siri, google home assistant, Google nest mini)

Biometrics: heart rate (FitBit, garmin)

Cognitive function: Cognitive training (VR Training games, Cogwatch system)

→ Environment/Context

  • Door operation (Custom KNX operated doors)
  • Technical alerts (Temperature) (KNX sensor)
  • Luminosity (KNX sensor)
  • Indoor movements (KNX IR Presence sensor)

→ Physiological monitoring: Weight BMI (withings smart scale)

Custom made devices

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

Use Cases based on Researchers Expertise

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.

Computer/Technology Scientists: Developing systems/tools/ technologies, testing and evaluating an ICT tool, prototype and real-life testing, computer vision & AI, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality, Cybersecurity

Experts in UX research and assessment: Developing the process for user experience design (UXD, UED, or XD) supporting user behaviour through usability, usefulness, and desirability provided in the interaction with a product or service, addressing all aspects as perceived by users with a focus on the quality of the user experience. Studying and experimenting the best practices for UI/UX and evaluating user’s experience in different situations and while using different tools

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

Biomedical researchers: Studying biochemical and physiological functions, investigating how the human body works with the aim of finding new ways to improve health. Biomedical engineering knowledge (Home hospitalization, Transitional Care, Multifunctional interaction), as well as digital biomarkers analysis (e.g., for cognitive state)