Climate change, population growth and urbanization will amplify the impacts of extreme weather – and this leads to more loss of life. Between 1980 and 2019, natural disasters damage cost EU Member States more than €410 billion - not including losses related to cultural heritage or ecosystems. And not counting human lives.
This reality demands improved detection accuracy, quicker localization, and reduction of disaster outcome. SIMAVI has deployed specialists, technologies and know-how in one of the biggest Research & Development projects that addresses this urgent need: Search&Rescue.
Apart from earthquakes that usually result in catastrophic structural collapses, with many people entrapped or killed, there are other causes that may result into a building collapse. It might be an accidental explosion or a terrorist attack in public areas or in critical infrastructures.
Moreover, natural disasters like earthquakes may trigger technological disasters, such as industrial chemical release or fires. It is called a “domino effect” and it may pose tremendous risks to countries and communities. Hence it is a great challenge to cope with for the first responders and relevant organizations of civil protection.
First responders and rescuers need specialized instrumentations, available at all times, easily accessible, that meet stringent requirements in terms of detection accuracy, quick localization, and reduction of false alarms.
The Search&Rescue project has started in July 2020 and it has a duration of 3 years. It will design, implement and test through a series of large scale pilot scenarios a highly interoperable, modular open architecture platform for first responders, capitalising on expertise and technological infrastructure from both COncORDE and IMPRESS FP7 projects.
In close collaboration with consortium partners the highly experienced team of Romanian specialists from SIMAVI has designed the governance model of S&R to operate more effectively. Its architectural structure will easily incorporate next generation R&D and COTS solutions which will be possibly adopted in the future disaster management systems. The model created within Search&Rescue project will also support a unified vision of the EU role and will provide a common framework to assess needs and integrate responses.
The framework will enable supportive approach using a wider range of decisional support features and monitoring systems and will also give to first responders an effective and unified vision of the dynamic changes going on during event’s lifetime and the capabilities and resources currently deployed in the field.
Software Imagination & Vision (in short, SIMAVI) delivers the platform architecture design, the development and service Integration. Also, the eLearning specialists that have developed content and Learning Management System platforms for eLearning for many other European projects will create the Training System Framework, using state-of-the-art technology in Augmented Reality and smart glasses.
The Search& Rescue project will be tested in the following exercises or use cases:
- Victims trapped under rubble (in Italy and in France)
- Plane crash, mountain rescue, non-urban areas (in Greece)
- Earthquake or heavy storms between Vienna Rail Station & Kufstein railway station, with heavy damages in the rail station (Cross-border pilot, in Austria-Germany)
- Forest fire expanded and threat to industrial zone (Attica Region, in Greece)
- Resilience support for critical infrastructures through standardized training on CBRN (in Romania)
- Chemical substances spill (in Spain)
Coordinator: National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece
Partners: SOFTWARE IMAGINATION & VISION SRL (SIMAVI), Romania; AIDEAS OU, Estonia; Maggioli SPA (MAG), Italy; Konnekt Able Technologies Limited (KT), Ireland; Thales Italia SPA (THALIT), Italy; Atos It Solutions And Services Iberia SL (ATOS), Spain; Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (CERTH), Greece; Universita Degli Studi Di Cagliari (UNICA), Italy; UKEMED (GLOBAL) LTD (UGL), Cyprus; Public Safety Communication Europe Forum AISBL (PSCE), Belgium; Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze (UNIFI), Italy; DEUTSCHES Forschungszentrum Fur Kunstliche Intelligenz (DFKI), Germany; Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Italy; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium; SYNYO GmbH (SYNYO), Austria; Universiteit Hasselt (UHASSELT), Belgium; Spoleczna Akademia Nauk (SAN), Poland; Gioumpitek Meleti Schediasmos Ylopoiisi Kai Polisi Ergon Pliroforikis Etaireia Periorismenis Efthynis (UBITECH), Greece; Elliniki Omada Diasosis Somateio (HRT), Greece; Enosi Ptychioychon Axiomatikon Ypaxiomatikon Pyrosvestir Oy Somateio (EPAYPS), Greece; JOHANNITER-UNFALL-HILFE EV (JOHANNITER), Germany; Johanniter Osterreich Ausbildung Und Forschung Gemeinnutzige GMBH (JOAFG), Austria; Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy; Pompiers De L'urgence Internationale (PUI FRA01), France; Asociatia Clusterul Roman pentru Protectie si Ecologie in Domeniul Materialelor Chimice, Biologice, Radiologice/Nucleare si Explozive (PROECO), Romania; Servicio Madrileno De Salud (SERMAS), Spain; Escuela Espanola De Salvamento Y Deteccion Con Perros (ESDP), Spain.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 882897.
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