Autonomous device providing accessibility to aquatic environments of people with impaired mobility

A Greek engineering SME has developed and patented a device for the safe and autonomous access of people with disabilities to aquatic environments. It is easy to use, requiring no assistance for embarkation and disembarkation of the person who uses it. It can be installed in aquatic environments with different profiles and removed without creating damages to the surrounding environment. The company is looking for partners to establish commercial agreements with technical assistance.
The Greek engineering SME was established in 2012 and specializes in the developing of products for people with disabilities. According to the World Health Organisation over one billion people live with some form of disability. The European Disability Strategy for 2010-2020 stresses the accessibility to services connected with leisure activities for people with disabilities. Nevertheless, until today no global solution has been developed that can provide a person with mobility impairments autonomous access to the sea or other aquatic environments since all available solutions require the help of other assisting persons. The Greek SME has developed an innovative device which carries the user to aquatic environments (sea, lakes or rivers), providing him or her with complete autonomy. There is no need of any assisting person to enter or exit the water. The device consists of a seat for the transportation of the user, tracks which lead the seat from land to the water, and a control tower housing the movement mechanism and support equipment. The same autonomous process is available for the person to exit the water. The system has a remote control which is available to the person using it. The system is already installed in many beaches in Greece with excellent results. The Greek company is looking for partners from the tourism industry or partners from the public sector (coastal regional authorities, municipalities etc.). The proposed collaboration will be in the form of a commercial agreement combined with technical assistance.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
The Greek SME is looking for partners to install and support the device on the spot. The Greek company has the capacity to install the system, train the persons to use it and maintain it. The system has minimal requirements for external intervention and also minimal servicing requirements. The partner sought, should have elementary experience in engineering/electric or being experienced in working with water/marine environments. The Greek company expects for partners working for the tourism industry or partners from the public sector (coastal regional authorities, municipalities etc.).
Stage of Development: 
Already on the market
IPR Status: 
Patents granted
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