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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SPA.2012.1.1-03 | Award Amount: 5.70M | Year: 2013

The goal of G-SEXTANT is to consolidate a portfolio of Earth Observation products and services that support the geospatial information (geoinformation) needs of the European External Action Service. The exploration of the Security dimension of GMES, the definition of services and products to respond to the users demands, and the implementation of an appropriate governance will be consolidated in G-SEXTANT from the lessons learned from previous projects. Focusing on the gaps identified in previous security projects, the major objectives of the G-SEXTANT are: 1) preparation and delivery of pre-operational services in user-driven SEA scenarios; 2) further enhancement of already mature products and services demanded by the users; and 3) to reach a standardised portfolio. Demonstrations will be conducted in different scenarios to cover the potential application areas of interest identified by the SEA working group and mentioned in the Call: humanitarian crisis, natural resources, land conflict situation awareness, nuclear activities, monitoring of illicit crops and border monitoring outside the EU. The G-SEXTANT project is organised to exploit the experience and skills of the different stakeholders involved: industry (production and implementation capacity), institutional organizations (experience in R&D activities) and EU organizations (consistency with EU policy and operations and access to intelligence data). Involvement of users in validation activities will ensure the achievement of appropriate products and services and provide the exact measurement of the impact of G-SEXTANT in the security user community.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SEC-2011.1.3-3 | Award Amount: 9.91M | Year: 2013

Landmines and the cluster munitions still kill or maim civilians every day in an indiscriminate manner even long after conflicts are over. At the current rate of clearance of about 500,000 mines per year and assuming no additional mines are laid from now on, it could still take hundreds of years to find and clear all the landmines around the world. D-BOX will tackle the burning issue of anti-personal landmines and cluster munitions remaining from armed conflicts. This will be achieved through the development of innovative solutions that will be interfaced and integrated in a comprehensive toolbox that is going to provide demining stakeholders the best tools, methods and procedures. This smart Toolbox could be used during all demining activities (from the preparation of the mission until the elimination of the mines including communication to general public and donors) to help operators and end users have the most suitable answer, cheap and easy to use tools for a specific task during the different steps of the demining activities and adapted to different scenarios and conditions. D-BOX project, starting by an assessment of the state of the art on related on-going-activities and scenario, the requirements for different tools and toolbox will be conducted with a strong involvement of end-users. On this basis, the Demining toolbox and innovative tools will be developed. D-BOX will propose innovative, cheap and easy to use tools They will covered human and ethical procedures, technologies for mapping and localize landmines and cluster munitions, neutralization, protection, education and training .They will be integrated in the final version of the toolbox. All these parts will lead to a series of demonstrations to evaluate the performances and to the establishment of a roadmap for its development and future implementation.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2011-1 | Award Amount: 3.21M | Year: 2011

This proposal is presented by a consortium of regional research clusters whose core members are already pursuing research and technology development (RTD) in programmes that map on to their local or regional transport policy priorities. Common themes of expertise within the consortium apply to the fields of Traffic, Health and Environment (THE); the objective of the project is to apply this research base to achieve Intelligent Solutions for Sustaining Urban Economies. (ISSUE). This proposal truly addresses THE ISSUE. Several research areas are identified that deal directly with headline themes of this FP7 Call, namely: -transport impacts on urban mobility, -transport greening; -health, safety and security of citizens, -associated economic impacts. Diverse technologies and research applications will be brought to bear on the above issues, including: Computer intelligence solutions and real-time satellite navigation data integrated into existing operational urban traffic management systems. Space and in-situ measurements to help mitigate risk to citizens health from traffic-induced air pollution. Technology demonstration and pre-operational real time trials of a hydrogen fuel cell powered car operating in a city environment (2012). THE ISSUE programme will create a vibrant partnership of regional research clusters to bring together and coordinate already-existing and projected RTD programmes relevant to Traffic, Health and Environment both within the clusters and more widely in the broader European research community. In parallel, consultations will be held with participating regional and local authorities to identify economic priorities of those regions, specific to the themes of Traffic, Health and Environment. Tensioning RTD actions against regional economic objectives will be the next step. This approach paves the way to shape the application of research outputs towards delivery of regional strategies by developing a framework for coordinating research actions and exploitation. The coordination process requires proactive knowledge exchange between core partners through a focussed dissemination programme and a structured approach for mentoring and knowledge transfer to regions with less well developed research structures. The core partners are East Midlands, UK, Mazovi Region, Poland, MOLISE REGION, Italy, Midi Pyrenees and Aquitaine regions, France. In each case we can identify active regional research clusters with programmes and expertise in relevant thematic areas. Each core partner can satisfy the triple helix requirement. A wider network of new regional clusters will also be built up. Their regional representatives and research teams will be encouraged to participate in THE ISSUEs series of workshop and dissemination events and to become active partners in downstream RTD actions that THE ISSUE will be seeking to develop. Promotion of the new cluster programme will be facilitated, in part, through nationally-based knowledge transfer and innovation networks as well as the transnational NEREUS regional network. The expected outcome will be a Europe-wide research forward look and implementation plan for the exploitation and further development of relevant economy-driving, environmentally-sensitive traffic and transport initiatives for more sustainable transport economies in the cities, towns and regions of Europe.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SPA.2010.1.1-05 | Award Amount: 6.99M | Year: 2011

Taking benefit from the previous and on-going efforts in the GMES context, the DOLPHIN project intends to develop the key technological and operational gap-filling innovations, leading in the mid-term to a full and sustainable operational exploitation of Earth Observation Satellites capabilities in the EU and MS maritime policies applications. DOLPHIN aims at developing new tools providing effective improvements of the state-of-the-art capabilities in Maritime Surveillance with respect to Users real needs in particular through filling their present technological gaps. The identification of these technological gaps is made easier by the fact that the DOLPHIN partners have developed a solid experience through a number of past and on going initiatives, such as LIMES, MARISS, MarCoast, EMSA CSN, in which a wide European Users community in the Maritime Surveillance sector has already taken an active part in identifying application needs and technological gaps. DOLPHIN will respond to the specific Users need, focused on Users missions, through the development of Decision Support Modules (DSM) which will integrate innovative Software Tools, aiming at filling the identified technological gaps according to specific policy-driven requirements and scenarios. Five policy areas have been selected as being in most need of improvement: Border Surveillance, Traffic Safety, Environmental Protection, Fisheries Control and Search and Rescue. Each policy area has categories of users that are quite different, so each policy area will be addressed through a specific DSM. Users will play an important role in the consolidation of the operational scenarios, to ensure that they are significant and representative of the complexity of the requirements. They will also be involved in the validation of the Operational Scenarios, when modules will be integrated in operational Services Chains and their actual effectiveness will be measured on the basis of the given definition.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2013.5.1-1 | Award Amount: 4.41M | Year: 2014

The management of crisis is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. The ever growing human, economic and environmental losses due to natural and man-made disasters evidence the need for a systematic approach to the management of crisis. A multi-disciplinary understanding and disaster risk management is required. In such situations, Collaborative Crisis Management (CCM) is usually coordinated by local authorities or dedicated civil protection organisations, supported by a variety of different national and international crisis management organisations, all acting relatively autonomously. The process is typically coordinated through periodic physical meetings of the involved organisations, in which information is shared about the situation, priorities are set and responsibilities allocated. Follow-up and execution of tasks is managed by each individual organisation, typically supported by a range of not interoperable information management tools, depending on the level of informatisation of the local or national crisis management systems. SECTOR aims at establishing the foundations of future Common CCM Information Spaces by expanding the European scientific knowledge base on (cross-border) multi-agency CCM processes and the complications these imply when aiming at setting-up and design cross-border supporting information Systems.

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