Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: DRS-11-2015 | Award Amount: 6.56M | Year: 2016
HERACLES main objective is to design, validate and promote responsive systems/solutions for effective resilience of CH against climate change effects, considering as a mandatory premise an holistic, multidisciplinary approach through the involvement of different expertise (end-users, industry/SMEs, scientists, conservators/restorators and social experts, decision, and policy makers). This will be operationally pursued with the development of a system exploiting an ICT platform able to collect and integrate multisource information in order to effectively provide complete and updated situational awareness and support decision for innovative measurements improving CH resilience, including new solutions for maintenance and conservation. The HERACLES effectiveness will be ensured by the design and validation of manageable methodologies also for the definition of operational procedures and guidelines for risk mitigation and management. It will be validated in two challenging test beds, key study cases for the climate change impact on European CH assets. The strength of HERACLES solutions is their flexibility in evaluating a big quantity of different information that can be changed and tailored to the specific CH assets needs, guaranteeing in that way a general applicability. In this context, a fundamental role will be played by end-users, which will be active part in the project activities. HERACLES system will be designed and developed by accounting for the economic sustainability and future acceptance by the market and for the social and economic impact for public and local communities while respecting the integrity of CH and the value it hold for communities. Effective technological transfer of HERACLES outcomes to large companies, SMEs and end users, suitable dissemination, communication, education and training activities are also organized to disseminate vision and progresses obtained to different communities, in a vision of wide audiences awareness.
Agency: European Commission | 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: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2012.4.3-1 | Award Amount: 4.17M | Year: 2013
Today more people than ever are threatened by disasters, with no regards if natural or man-made. Furthermore, CBRN contamination risks can occur as a consequence of these events. Regions affected are wider and wider and reconstruction and recovery operations are longer-lasting, costly and complex, especially when decontamination is necessary. DESTRIERO aims at developing a next generation post-crisis needs assessment tool for reconstruction and recovery planning, including structural damage assessment through advanced remote sensing enriched by in-field data collection by mobile devices (buildings, bridges, dams) and related data integration and analysis, based on international standards, novel (automated) data and information interoperability across organisations and systems, in combination with an advanced multi-criteria decision analysis tool and methodology for multi-stakeholder information analyses, priority setting, decision making and recovery planning. Earth observation images will contribute to fast damage assessment and monitoring of the areas, together with data acquired by relief units on the field using novel smart-phone apps. Identified needs will be recorded, stored and made available to all organisations involved. Coordination and collaborative work at all levels of the organisations and among different ones will be possible through a network centric approach for the interoperability of information and service and the decision support tool. Critical infrastructure recovery will be considered with priority, as essential for the recovery of social and economic aspects (roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, plants, etc.), CBRN contamination and humanitarian aspects will be taken into consideration, as aggravating circumstances, while support to accountability of humanitarian aid contributions will be facilitated.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EO-3-2016 | Award Amount: 1.85M | Year: 2016
E2mC aims at demonstrating the technical and operational feasibility of the integration of social media analysis and crowdsourced information within both the Mapping and Early Warning Components of Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS). The Project will develop a prototype of a new EMS Service Component (Copernicus Witness), designed to exploit social media analysis and crowdsourcing capabilities to generate a new Product of the EMS Portfolio. The purpose of the new Copernicus Witness Service Component is to improve the timeliness and accuracy of geo-spatial information provided to Civil Protection authorities, on a 24/7 basis, during the overall crisis management cycle and, particularly, in the first hours immediately after the event. This will result in an early confirmation of alerts from running Early Warning Systems as well as first rapid impact assessment from the field. The technological enabler of the Copernicus Witness is the innovative and scalable Social&Crowd (S&C) Platform, developed by E2mC. Heterogeneous social media data streams (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and different data: text, image, video, ) will be analysed and sparse crowdsourcing communities will be federated (crisis specific as Tomnod, HOT, SBTF and generic as Crowdcrafting, EpiCollect,). Two demonstration loops will validate the usefulness of Copernicus Witness and the S&C Platform suitability to allow EC to evaluate possible Copernicus EMS evolution options. E2mC will perform demonstrations within realistic and operational scenarios designed by the Users involved within the Project (Civil Protection Authorities and Humanitarian Aid operators, including their volunteer teams) and by the current Copernicus EMS Operational Service Providers that are part of the E2mC Consortium. The involvement of social media and crowdsourcing communities will foster the engagement of a large number of people in supporting crisis management; many more citizens will become aware of Copernicus.
Agency: European Commission | 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.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SPA.2011.1.1-01 | Award Amount: 1.25M | Year: 2012
Based on the assumption of (i) the involvement of the EUSC in the Security Dimension of GMES and (ii) the need to support the definition of the cooperation between GMES & EUSC (supported by the EUSC Board) and a structured dialogue among stakeholders, the BRIDGES project intends to: Perform an in-depth analysis and further define the EUSCs possible role(s) in GMES Identify the financial and legal consequences of the potential implementation of these roles on the basis of several options Analyse existing governance models in the Space domain in order to provide inputs and recommendations for the definition of the governance scenario that will be identified in the course of the project Identify scenarios and implementation options, taking into account the current state of GMES and the EUSCs role, for: - A coordinated approach to space data access in the Security field. - GMESs potential contribution to CFSP/ESDP, in an operational capacity. Propose governance options and a roadmap for the implementation of the scenarios identified Evaluate the benefits for GMES and provide an impact assessment Alternative scenarios will also be explored in order to ensure a wider approach such as operational coordination for data access by ESA or EUMETSAT or cooperative approach between several entities with complementary roles. The strategy of BRIDGES is based on a constant dialogue with relevant institutional decision-making stakeholders (e.g. EEAS, CMPD, EDA, ESA, EC, EU Parliament, Member States, etc.) and user organisations, supported by the industrys insight on service delivery schemes and associated costs. This dialogue is expected to significantly raise stakeholders awareness of the synergies between GMES and CFSP/ESDP areas and to provide food for thought for the project deliverables, mainly in the form of reflection papers. The final output of BRIDGES will take into account the proposed role(s) for the EUSC and provide set of reports aiming to support the institutional dialogue and decision-making on operational Governance options for the GMES programme including support to CFSP/CSDP and a coordinated access to space data in the field of Security.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-15-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 16.19M | Year: 2017
The data intensive target sector selected for the DataBio project is the Data-Driven Bioeconomy, focusing in production of best possible raw materials from agriculture, forestry and fishery/aquaculture for the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials taking into account also various responsibility and sustainability issues. DataBio proposes to deploy a state of the art, big data platform on top of the existing partners infrastructure and solutions - the Big DATABIO Platform.The work will be continuous cooperation of experts from end user and technology provider companies, from bioeconomy and technology research institutes, and of other partners. In the pilots also associated partners and other stakeholders will be actively involved. The selected pilots and concepts will be transformed to pilot implementations utilizing co-innovative methods and tools where the bioeconomy sector end user experts and other stakeholders will give input to the user and sector domain understanding for the requirements specifications for ICT, Big Data and Earth Observation experts and for other solution providers in the consortium. Based on the preparation and requirement specifications work the pilots are implemented utilizing and selecting the best suitable market ready or almost market ready Big Data and Earth Observation methods, technologies, tools and services to be integrated to the common Big DATABIO Platform. During the pilots the close cooperation continues and feedback from the bioeconomy sector user companies will be utilized in the technical and methodological upgrades to pilot implementations. Based on the pilot results and the new solutions also new business opportunities are expected. In addition during the pilots the end user utilizers are participating trainings to learn how to use the solutions and developers also outside the consortium will be activated in the Hackathons to design and develop new tools, services and application for the platform.
Agency: European Commission | 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: European Commission | 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: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SPA.2012.1.1-03 | Award Amount: 5.98M | Year: 2013
According to the potential application areas identified under SEA (GMES Security working group in Support to External Actions), and the experience gained by the proposal consortium in Security and Emergency precursor projects (LIMES, G-MOSAIC, SAFER) this proposal will identify and exploit a set of Services able to provide reliable support to the EU External Action service and suitable to be integrated in the user working environment in an effective and reliable way. The proposal research and development focus will be on the enhancement of Crisis Management Response Services in rush and non-rush mode and in covering the relevant gaps identified in the perspective of a (pre-)operational approach. Reference Users for the service/products will include the main actors and stakeholders involved in the context of EU Missions and Operations in support to External Actions: European Union EEAS (European External Action Service), EDA (European Defence Agency), National Institutions such as Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Ministries of Defence, Police Offices, Intelligence Centres, and also international institutions as UN bodies. The proposal aims to: (a) Demonstrate the effective contribution of an integrated geo-spatial service concept to respond to the needs in SEA user-driven scenarios providing the User Community with an evolving set of security service/products. (b) Involve the main User organization in the GMES Security domain in the use of the provided services. (c) Assure the continuity of the work done in previous GMES projects specifically on security and emergency domains. (d) implement synergies with the other GMES projects and initiatives (e.g. EU, ESA, EDA contexts) running in parallel with the project lifecycle. (e) Perform a comprehensive benefits analysis taking into account the main drivers for the set up of an operational framework. (f) Address the potential service evolution in 2014 onwards perspective.