OCCAM has put in place its theoretical ideas into concrete Best Practices and e-Services.
COMMUNITY ICT ACCESS CENTER
The community ICT Access Center has the following aims, divided into two different phases of intervention:
PHASE I :
Realization of Access Point Units installed in villages, where public access to Internet is granted to the community. The Access Points would become a focal point of interaction with the population, where the emerging needs of the community can easily find responses. Each Access Point will be provided with computers, Internet connection, printer, scanner, and cloud platform.
Activation of an awareness building campaign, provided by expert operators, able to develop a positive attitude towards the use of ICTs and facilitate access to primary services.
Strengthening of training skills in digital alphabetisation, through a training process that would lead from ICT adaptation to an active involvement of the population.
Training of a local leadership able to self-sustain the Digital Villages after the first training module.
PHASE II :
Implementation of the roles of local leaders in training new trainers and in defining an improved teaching model based on lessons learned and on emerging needs of the community.
Encouraging the creation of specific information circuits such as e-learning and telemedicine to contribute to a better standard of life.
Development of a creative potential of the local community which, through the use of ICTs, would activly start to use computers, contributing with local contents to the global flow of communication.
WORLD FOOD SECURITY e-CENTER – DIGITAL PLATFORM
The World Food Security e-Center aims to provide digital services to support agricultural development and food security, transferring technologies and knowledge from the excellent network of Italian Universities and Laboratories directly to populations and communities in need through a high connectivity digital Platform, using new sensors and robotic devices able to collect and receive data. The project was presented on the occasion of EXPO Milano 2015 and took its legacy in the last years to put into concrete action its core principles through EWA-BELT, a EU Horizon2020 Project.
Telemedicine is useful for helping disadvantaged communities all over the world. OCCAM is actively working in this field by collaborating with the International Institute of Telemedicine, by participating to Conferences and Think Thank initiatives, and by actively realizing projects like the ICT Villages and eMedMed. Telemedicine is incorporated in existing local medical facilities or in other locations fit to host the first nucleus of health structures. Services delivered through a specific portal include diagnosis, prognosis, prescriptions, special services for disabled people and eventually light distance surgery thanks to the participation of a network of local and international hospitals, research centres and centres of excellence.
E-learning is closely linked to the existing school structures, endowed with didactic room and interactive computer labs. A network of Universities and scholars with a very strong experience in this field, takes care of this part of the Project, through the development of a series of models tailored to the needs of this kind of communities.