D 7.3 Economic model for home companion robot for independent elderly

In this deliverable, an economic model is provided in order to feed D7.4, the exploitation plan. This model is designed from the Usage evaluation (D.6.7) of the ACCOMPANY project, the “Ageing report 2012” (EC), the MAR Market Domain Contribution Form Robot Companions for Assisted Living - Topic Group (RCAL-TG) 2014, an economic literature review, interviews with experts of different relevant fields (economy, robotics, healthcare, gerontology) and focus groups.
The economic evaluation considers 3 possible application scenarios and associated robot-based services that could be implemented with the functionality developed in ACCOMPANY. For each scenario / service, a detailed description of the provided functionalities, useful operation environments, associated risks and limits and required hardware components is given. In order to derive relevant economic parameters, the addressed user groups and market segments, the importance of single functionalities according to end user feedback as well as concrete costs of currently-used services and products are analysed.
The report is built as follows: it starts with the introduction, state of the art in robotics and healthcare provision as well as an analysis of relevant healthcare data and economic environments in the relevant countries. Furthermore, a description of the ACCOMPANY system is given, specifically functionalities provided by the project and required hardware components. Based on that, 3 application scenarios are derived and analysed that make use of the ACCOMPANY developments and associated services, specifically a robotic care assistant, robot companion, and robot assisted monitoring system. For each scenario, the service properties as well as associated opportunities and risks are outlined in more detail together with a description of dedicated users and operation environments. Furthermore, each section provides opinion from individual expert interviews. In order to derive economic background data, comparable services and products are analysed and a targetprice for the service is derived. The report further discusses business models for each of the services including the information, who would be the actual customer for the robot. Finally, the cost of existing robots that could be used for each service is analysed.
After the analysis of the single scenarios, development perspectives are discussed that allow us to bring the existing solutions closer to market and to reduce cost discrepancies between current and target costs. Finally in the conclusion, the relevance and market potential of the three scenarios will be compared to each other with respect to user need, current and possible future (considering indicated development perspectives) implementation costs with respect to target prices, structure and access channels in the healthcare markets of the different countries. Based on this analysis, one scenario will be provided, with the best market potential, to be further considered in the exploitation plan.
This report has been written under the supervision of Robert Picard (French Ministry of Economy,Finances and Industry) with Farshid Amirabdollahian (UH).