The mapping will be conducted using a standardised methodology so that direct comparisons can be made between the regions.

The project aims to build partnerships for cross-border economic development and centers of excellence, and to identify and support common and complementary centers of business and research excellence.

The project will stimulate the exchange of information and the transfer of good practices, and support the development of a transnational cluster network. By undertaking a matched capability mapping exercise between the two regions on assisted living, a sound basis for this exchange activity is built up. Opportunities for technology exchange or new business development can be identified, qualified and then offered to the organisations best qualified to exploit them within the partners’ clusters.


The objectives will be to:

  • allow the identification of good practice
  • allow the direct comparison between the regions
  • stimulate cross border development of new products and services
  • stimulate cluster development
  • provide a sound basis from which to plan implementation

The benefits of undertaking this capability mapping include:

  • The inclusion of both users and providers of products and services in the cluster, leading to better product and service specification and reduced time-to-market
  • Subsequent implementations of assisted living based on data and evidence of need and capability.

The outputs of the EU MALCOLM project will be:

  • Cross-border assisted living capability mapping
  • Catalogue of Good Practices and cross-border recommendations to stimulate cluster development
  • international dissemination workshops

*For the purpose of this project, we define Assisted Living as the development and use of sensor and information and communication technologies (ICT) to facilitate the remote delivery of care and support to people to improve their quality of life and allow them to live as independently as possible in the lowest intensity care setting, consistent with their needs and wishes.

The regions of England and France that border the channel share the problems that result from a reduction in economic activity and the general isolation of coastal communities. They both have rapidly growing elderly populations that are making demands on the statutory services.  Assisted living technology and services can help to address these issues.

England and France have developed different models for providing care ‒ particularly elderly care. There are strengths and weaknesses in both approaches, but because they are different, the role for assisted living and how products and services can be delivered will be different. Understanding this difference and how it creates innovative new products and services is the key to MALCOLM. Both England and France have experience in the development and use of assisted living. The project will discover examples of what works, why it works, and how it might be transferred to the other partner region.

Final Reports

SEHTA and Pôle-Tes are pleased to present the final reports for the EU MALCOLM Project.  These are a series of reports produced by the project that combine to give an overview of the Assisted Living capabilities in the English MALCOLM region (Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent), and the French MALCOLM region of Lower Normandy.

These reports include:

Together, these reports provide a comprehensive overview of the research into the Assisted Living needs and capabilities of the English and French MALCOLM regions. For anyone interested in an overview of the key insights and analysis from the MALCOLM project, the starting point should be to read Part 1 of the Assisted Living Capability Comparison Report. If more information is required, this can be found in the additional supporting reports.

Launched on 16 January 2014, MALCOLM (Mapping Assisted Living Capability Over La Manche) is a collaborative European project between South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) in the South East of England and the e-Secure Transaction Cluster (Pôle-TES) in Lower Normandy.

The MALCOLM project was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF.

The MALCOLM project aims to create a comparative regional mapping of the needs and capabilities of the e-health sector in Lower Normandy and in the coastal regions of the South East of England.  Both regions have similar challenges: an ageing population with increasing life expectancy, and pockets of isolated coastal populations.  MALCOLM’s research and analysis will focus on how the regional assisted living capability impacts upon the elderly population living in these regions.