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WP1 constitutes the real start of the project, it is the place where all participants gather to meet and discuss the requirements on: research and technical issues, use case scenarios and user perspectives. The second aim of WP1 is to define the S&Rs Crisis Governance model which will build upon existing SOP and on the accountabilities and responsibilities of all the organisations involved the crisis management domain{Field Responders [Emergency and National Services, NGOs], Resource Owners [Municipal and Service Authorities, Private Sector Utilities, Charitable Agencies] Member States, EU [DG-ECHO, HOME, EEAS], and External International Agencies [Red Cross-Crescent, UN]}. The Governance model will map involved capabilities in (a) disaster response functions and (b) operational deployment. It will serve as a prototype for classification of capabilities, identification and demonstration of available practices and solutions and acquisition and realisation efforts. The model will be based on the principles of ‘re-use, before buy, before make’ and in this way, seeks a maximal reuse of existing legacy systems and solutions and beyond state-of-science, R&D and COTS tools and technologies. The Governance model will be the guiding instrument for implementation of the S&R platform for demonstration purposes and further development. The S&R Governance model will be completely neutral with respect to any territorial boundaries and will be designed to support local, regional, national, EU and International implementations.

WP2 Objectives focus on a number of societal issues related to the S&R such as:

  • Addressing ethical aspects in the use of the technologies, especially those that involve fundamental rights or principles (e.g. the use of personal data or physical integrity and safety of citizens);
  • To conduct a comprehensive privacy, social and ethical impact assessment of the S&R platform during the design, development and piloting of the platform.
  • To identify the potential privacy, societal and ethical risks and impacts of the use of the S&R platform.
  •  To generate a series of solutions for addressing the issues identified and evaluate solution and mitigation measures in collaboration with the project stakeholder and technical team.
  • Identifying possible legal or regulatory barriers for the trend towards standardisation and interoperability in the field of public safety and crisis management and proposing remedies to overcome them, thereby facilitating the development of an EU approach in this area;
  • Analysis of the social factors hindering/promoting civil society involvement in CM.
  • Define the role, responsibilities of citizens and communities, which are the first line of defence and must first take responsibility for their own safety and must be prepared to respond to and possibly endure a crisis: civil protection starts and ends with the citizen
  • Introducing the role of citizens as early receptors of the disaster and participants of the response efforts-Understanding disaster risk

Reliable and accurate Information plays a crucial role in the effective and risk-conscious decision making in the phase of disaster response. WP3 will provide methods and tools to ensure that a continuous information coming from various sources such as GIS tools, mobile and wearable equipment, sensing information from the environment as well as information obtained from infrastructure affected by disaster (e.g. BIM) can be integrated into a complete and comprehending picture and used in a risk-conscious manner by first responders as well as other stakeholders (government, agencies) involved in the decision making and the rescuer operations. Accordingly, the main goal of this work package is to provide the logic (e.g. rules) and models for the storing, sharing, notification and presentation of information to various stakeholders, based on their roles in the process of disaster response, context and the character of disaster.

The DSS, as a support information system to the decision-making activities, can be considered as the brain of the Emergency Management System. Specific objectives of WP4 are:

  • To design the mechanism responsible for the aggregation on the data gathered from the data sources
  • To design the situational analysis and impact assessments
  • To identify and design the technical specifications of the DSS components
  • To develop the DSS components
  • To design a validation framework to evaluate the system’s response to a crisis event
  • Design, development and testing of the Rescue MIMS
  • Designing and developing a new multi-hazard protective base ensemble
  • Evaluation and testing of rescue MIMS over robots and drones
  • Design the common interoperability framework of S&R, the framework designed will be independent of the underlying telecommunications infrastructures (terrestrial, satellite), but rather focused on the various type of information transmitted and exchanged during a crisis.
  • Design of an aftermath knowledge capitalisation mechanism collecting available incidents data, creating suitable After-Action Reports, defining the contextual framework of analysing this data for extracting patterns and defining potential lessons learnt (new or unexpected situations or output of operation).
  • Design and implementation of the S&R training infrastructure.

The main aim of WP7 is to devise the architecture and design specification of the S&R platform and undertake the development of the integrated platform by integrating prior implemented components and services developed in WP3, WP4, WP5 and WP6. The specific objectives of WP7 are:

  • To analyse the S&R technological baseline and aggregate the available components and their possible methods of interfacing, according to the overall S&R framework
  • To develop the service-based architecture and design specification of the S&R platform, as well as to integrate the individual results from WP3, WP4, WP5 and WP6. The system architecture is a modularised blueprint for the platform’s construction, detailing how the software and hardware components involved will be put together and subsequently deployed. The principal aim of the architecture is to facilitate the initial design and development of the platform, by providing detailed enumeration, specification, and means of validation that each of the components built, meets the needs of the other components, or actors, using them. o To establish the System communication, and Architecture of interoperability between software components o To define and develop Design Specifications of S&R components o To define a specific protocol of how the information can be collected, processed and displayed to the end user
  • To determine and specify the appropriate interfaces, data formats and services required for interoperability within S&R
  • To implement the S&R platform by integrating prior implemented components, thus delivering it as a usable platform for performing the evaluations
  • To test the S&R platform with regard to each individual component and also with regard to their integration
  • To assure quality during the whole s/w development and integration process.

WP8 defines the implementation framework for the pilots (pilot sites, process of intervention, time-plan) and the evaluation procedures for the pilots to assess the impact of the project to its target communities. The main purpose of this WP is to implement and evaluate the overall approach of the S&R platform and to define validation activities, in order to assure validity of results based on the scientific and technical objectives of the project, as specified in WP1. A series of tests will be designed and executed to monitor progress and validate the methodologies and technologies developed by S&R. The tests will be based on real life scenarios and case studies based on the seven (7) complex, demanding usecases described in section 1.3.3 and the use case scenarios to be developed in WP1 – T1.5 derived directly from industry and user partners in the project. S&R domain-specific use cases: UC1: Victims trapped under rubble (Italy), UC2: Plane crash, mountain rescue, non-urban (Greece), UC3: Earthquake / heavy storms between Vienna Rail Station & Kufstein railway station heavy damages in the rail station (Cross-border pilot, Austria-Germany), UC4: Forest fire expanded and threat to industrial zone (Attica Region, Greece), UC5: Victims trapped under rubbles (France), UC6: Resilience Support for Critical Infrastructures through Standardised Training on CBRN (Romania), UC7: Chemical substances spill (Spain). The following course of action will be pursued:

  • Implementation guidelines and pilots’ management.
  • Evaluation instruments to be adapted according to all actors’ profiles.
  • Value sensitive evaluations, including end-user ethnographic observations and interviewing.
  • Evaluation procedures: planning and coordination of the filling-in process, analysis methodology according to planned objectives and outcomes. The following are specific WP8 objectives:
  • To define the pilot scenarios to pilot and evaluate S&R, based on the use case selection in WP1(T1.5) and Functionality Scenarios of Section 1.1.3
  • To setup the pilot environment considering all the special requirements / needs of the end users and stakeholders
  • To fully operate and test the S&R solution on specific piloting experiments.
  • To validate the S&R Platform from a usability and end-user point of view.
  • To make the capabilities of the S&R Platform available to policy stakeholders willing to use S&R’s technologies.

In this phase, a detailed dissemination plan will be generated to direct the end-user, academic and software partners by providing a detailed dissemination roadmap for: i) the first half of the project and ii) the second half of the project until its end. The plan will include specific milestones for publications in journals, presentations in scientific conferences, participation in exhibitions and will also organise a number of research-oriented workshops and events. In order to increase transparency, the plan will also be published in the project portal in order to disseminate information about upcoming activities, as well as to indicate the objectives that have been reached. During this phase of the T9.1 the aim is to establish the required strategy and implementation plan to ensure the brand association between S&R and software technologies.

WP9 will produce, implement and monitor the dissemination, communication and exploitation strategies of the S&R project. The objective is to maximise the impact of the project, ensuring proper dissemination and communication of the project results to raise awareness to the scientific and industrial stakeholders and, subsequently, generate demand and further adoption of the S&R results. The detailed objectives are:

  • To widely disseminate and communicate the project concept, developments and findings to all key actors in the broader Emergency Management and Response community and respective bodies using effective communication means and strategies.
  • By using existing communities related to S&R scope, interact with them to disseminate project results, get their feedback and integrate the project results in them when possible.
  • To create and publish scientific contributions, valuable for the related research community.
  • To develop training plans for internal project use.
  • To collaborate with other European projects or interest groups in the relevant topics.
  • To participate in appropriate European and worldwide events (workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.), targeted at project topics with the ultimate goal to showcase the project results and, subsequently, to prepare the way for a successful business development of the project outcomes.
  • To analyse the standards applicable and which ones could be followed and extended by S&R.
  • To analyse the related market to identify competitors and similar solutions which will allow to define the value proposition and positioning of the project results in potential markets.
  • To manage and monitor the innovation process and IPR in the project.
  • To define a sustainable framework and feasible business models to ensure the future evolution and maintenance of the project results and, at the same time, generate business opportunities for the partners and the community.
  • To define individual exploitation plans for all partners in relation to the overall sustainability framework, where the former must play a role according to their nature.

Project coordination and management aims at: (a) coordinating the joint efforts of the consortium during the execution of the project, (b) ensuring the smooth progress of the work plan and the fulfilment of the consortium’s contractual obligations, and (c) providing the necessary liaisons between the consortium and the EU as well as other project-related consortia.

WP10 responsibility is to ensure the smooth operation of the project in terms of day-to-day management and interfacing with the European Commission. WP10 is supported by the management structure that will be outlined in Section 3.2. In short, S&R management structures and techniques have been devised to support the following objectives:

  • Establishment of a strong project management scheme.
  • Establishment of the appropriate communication and reporting channels to the European Commission.
  • Achievement of a common scientific and technical direction within the project.
  • Successful achievement of the project objectives on time and within budget.
  • Establishment of an efficient electronic service for communications, and document exchanging.
  • Realisation of synergies amongst the project members and effective exploitation of the project’s’ results.
  • Conduction of continuous quality assurance activities for the operation of the project and the production of its scientific and technical results within its lifespan.
  • Continuous monitoring of the project’s progress and timely initiation of corrective actions (if needed).
  • Coordination of the organisation and execution of the various project meetings, and/or participation of the project in various external or self-organised events.
  • Perform risk analyses.

The objective is to ensure compliance with the ‘ethics requirements’ set out in this work package.

List of Deliverables

Deliverable Number

 

Deliverable Title

Dissemination level

Due Date (months)

 D1.1

Report on user requirements, existing tools and infrastructure

 Public

 4

D1.2

Report on the functional specifications of S&R

 Public

 4

D1.3

Definition, evaluation and refinement of the S&R CM governance model

 Public

 12

D1.4

Establishment of S&R Concept of operations

Public

12

D1.5

Report on user requirements, existing tools and infrastructure, V2

 Public

 16

D1.6

Report on the functional specifications of S&R, V2

Public

12

D1.7

Definition, evaluation and refinement of the S&R CM governance model, V2

Public

24

D1.8

Definition, evaluation and refinement of the S&R CM governance model, V3

Public

36

D2.3

Report on the role of civil society involvement in Crisis Management

Public

36

D2.4

Report on safety and security issues of emergency and crisis

management field actors

Public

24

 D2.5

Citizens and volunteer organisations involvement in Crisis Management

Public

24

D2.8

Citizens and volunteer organisations involvement in Crisis Management, final version

Public

36

D3.1

Requirements to knowledge management and SA Model

Public

6

D3.2

Situation Awareness Model – specification

Public

9

D3.3

BIM based services and applications – review and service design

Public

15

D3.4

BIM based visualisation support integrated with VR interface

Public

30

D3.5

Data-driven analytics applied on UAV imagery using deep learning

Public

18

D3.6

Multi sensors data fusion and Object detection algorithms for in-disaster scene situation awareness

Public

18

D3.7

Requirements to knowledge management and SA Model, V2

Public

12

D3.8

Situation Awareness Model – specification, V2

Public

18

D4.1

Data aggregation

Public

6

D4.2

Situational Analysis & Impact Assessment

Public

12

D4.3

Design of SOT DSS components

Public

14

D4.4

Design of PHYSIO DSS component

Public

14

D4.5

Development of SOT DSS components

Public

14

D4.6

Development of PHYSIO DSS

component

Public

14

D4.7

DSS Validation

Public

16

D4.8

Data aggregation, V2

Public

12

D4.9

Design of SOT DSS components, V2

Public

22

D4.10

Design of PHYSIO DSS component, V2

Public

22

D4.11

Development of SOT DSS components, V2

Public

22

D4.12

Development of PHYSIO DSS

component, V2

Public

22

D4.13

DSS Validation, V2

Public

26

D5.1

Design & development of the RESCUE MIMS

Public

10

D5.2

First responder prototype uniform and first aid for kids’ device design

Public

16

D5.3

Testing and validation of the RESCUE MIMS

Public

14

D5.4

Testing of RESCUE MIMS on-board robotic platforms and drones

Public

16

D5.5

Design & development of the RESCUE MIMS, V2

Public

18

D5.6

First responder prototype uniform and first aid for kids’ device design, V2

Public

32

D5.7

Testing and validation of the RESCUE MIMS, V2

Public

30

D5.8

Testing of RESCUE MIMS on-board robotic platforms and drones, V2

Public

30

D6.3

Presentation and analysis of the designed S&R interoperability framework

Public

24

D6.5

Establishment of technical components and legacy systems taxonomy

Public

18

D6.6

Report on legacy systems and their connection to the S&R related technical characteristics

Public

16

D6.9

Report on legacy systems and their connection to the S&R related technical characteristics, V2

Public

32

D7.2

Architecture and Design Specifications of S&R platform

Public

6

D7.5

Integrated S&R platform 1st version

Public

16

D7.6

Integrated S&R platform 2nd version

Public

26

D7.9

S&R platform Test Cases and overall system evaluation results 1st version

Public

18

D7.10

S&R platform Test Cases and overall system evaluation results Final version

Public

30

D7.12

Architecture and Design Specifications of S&R platform, V2

Public

22

D8.1

S&R Pilot guidelines and User’s Handbook

Public

12

D8.2

S&R Use Case 1: Victims trapped under rubble (Italy) – Pilot plan

Public

12

D8.3

S&R Use Case 2: Plane crash, mountain rescue, non-urban (Greece) – Pilot plan

Public

12

D8.4

S&R Use Case 3: Earthquake / heavy storms between Vienna Rail Station & Kufstein railway station heavy damages in the rail station (Cross-border pilot, Austria-Germany)

– Pilot plan

Public

12

D8.5

S&R Use Case 4: Forest fire expanded and threat to industrial zone (Kineta, Agioi Theodoroi, Greece) – Pilot plan

Public

12

D8.6

S&R Use Case 5: Victims trapped under rubbles (France) – Pilot plan

Public

12

D8.7

S&R Use Case 6: Resilience Support for Critical Infrastructures through Standardized Training on CBRN (Romania)- Pilot plan

Public

12

D8.8

S&R Use Case 7: Chemical substances spill (Spain) – Pilot plan

Public

12

D8.9

S&R Evaluation Framework

Public

18

D8.10

S&R Pilot Implementation and Evaluation Report 1st version

Public

28

D8.11

S&R Pilot Implementation and Evaluation Report Final version

Public

35

D8.12

Systems performance assessment manual

Public

36

D9.1

S&R dissemination plan

Public

6

D9.2

S&R dissemination activities report 1st version

Public

18

D9.3

S&R dissemination activities report final

Public

36

D9.4

S&R web-site and Online dissemination and communication infrastructure

Public

1

D9.5

S&R Exploitation and Innovation MGT planning

Public

16

D10.1

Project Handbook, Quality Plan & Risk Management

Public

1

D10.2

Data Management Plan 1st version

Public

6

D10.3

Data Management Plan final version

Public

35

D10.6

Ethical protocol

Public

3

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S&R Project

Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 882897