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Leading-edge cluster Medical Valley EMN as urban-rural network

Promoting the dialogue between technology developers, users and local area networks to adapt AAL technology for rural areas

The leading edge cluster Medical Valley European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg (EMN) together with the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region has initiated a project  that connects the latest technical solutions in medical technology in the leading edge cluster with the needs of the housing industry and local networks particularly in the rural areas of the Metropolitan Region Nuremberg. The project is promoted under the framework of Demonstration Projects of Spatial Planning (MORO) by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS).

The municipalities are required to develop new concepts for senior living due to the current demographic development. New technical developments in the leading edge cluster Medical Valley EMN, such as ambient assisted living systems, can support a possible (life-)long retention of older people in their own homes. These innovative technologies can be especially interesting for communities in rural areas, but must be adapted to local conditions (i.e. high rate of private home ownership, distance problem in medical care or emergency, etc.).

The direct dialogue between technology and project developers (i.e. companies and research institutions located in the Medical Valley) and the possible users (i.e. local authorities, housing associations and local networks in the Metropolitan Region Nuremberg) will be fostered within the MORO project. A broad knowledge and know-how transfer between cities and rural areas will be initiated. During the project implementation phase innovative solutions will be developed together in dedicated workshops and symposia with selected pilot municipalities located in the Metropolitan Region Nuremberg.


Jörg Trinkwalter

Medical Valley EMN e.V.
Henkestraße 91
D-91052 Erlangen

Tel.: +49-9131-5302 863
Fax.: +49-9131-9704 921

Dr. Christa Standecker
Managing Director
Europäische Metropolregion Nürnberg

Rathausplatz 2
D-90403 Nürnberg

Tel.: +49-911-231 7971

Additional Project Partners

  • Geschäftsstelle der Europäischen Metropolregion Nürnberg
  • SOPHIA living network GmbH
  • Evangelisches Siedlungswerk in Bayern
  • AOVE GmbH


Illustration: Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung

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