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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SEC-2010.4.1-1 | Award Amount: 805.85K | Year: 2011

The EU regularly suffers from natural and man-made disaster, the social and economical consequences of which may adversely affect its growth and competitiveness. There is a growing vulnerability to disasters and subsequently an urgent need to improve operational capacities and capabilities of Member States. Furthermore, the Lisbon Treaty will enlarge the role of the EU and allow for stronger coordinated activities to support crisis management (CM) outside the EU. CRISYS aims at developing a strategic roadmap for full implementation of an integrated and scalable crisis management system and to provide a solid basis for the description of a full user driven demo programme. Uniquely CRISYS engages users and suppliers in pursuit of practical outcomes that can be rapidly transferred into the operational environment. CRISYS will seek to capitalise on relevant projects in the domain, whilst forging solid networks and wide awareness with significant users, first responders, governments, suppliers and other bodies in the field of CM. CRISYS will: -Identify and analyse the state of the art in the current legacy environment of CM across the EU (policies, systems, societal) -Gather information from users with regard to their requirements on operational, procedural, regulatory, technological and standards issues -Place emphasis on the protection of the citizens by engaging and developing close contact with local and national administrations responsible for CM and with first responder organisations -Assess capacity and competency gaps in current and foreseen performance to recommend validated demonstration cases regarding users requirements -Propose a strategic roadmap for the Phase2. This roadmap will be set in the context of current and future relevant factual and political trends, as well as economic and supply market issues -Ensure EU wide dissemination of information with these activities being supported by an enlarged User platform and other key EU and international stakeholders

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SEC-2013.4.1-5 | Award Amount: 1.13M | Year: 2014

The main objective of POP-ALERT is to prepare societies and populations to cope with crisis and disasters in a rapid, effective and efficient way by blending traditional Crisis Preparedness & First-Reaction strategies with the use of innovative contemporary tools. POP-ALERT proposes to undertake thorough behavioural research and take traditional Crisis Management research a step further by carrying out a series of empirical studies, taking into account new issues related to targeting both local populations and visitors such as expats or tourists (cultural differences, language barriers, etc.), in order to create a framework to facilitate the assessment of the populations capacity to absorb and preparedness to make use of different Crisis Management strategies and technologies developed at the EU level. POP-ALERT will identify specific target success stories within existing and past community preparedness programmes and put together a portfolio of case studies on social networking and community self-reliance initiatives which could potentially be replicated to crisis with a European dimension and to cross-border disasters. The project will seek to study the best ways to blend contemporary tools with the existing practices identified in order to create flexible and easily deployable toolkits for preparing and alarming the European population in case of a crisis. The approach this project proposes for improving the current practices revolves around the use of messaging and cultural sharing technologies to create awareness using technologies and approaches that offer the best form of accessibility and penetration by citizens and authorities. POP-ALERT will propose a pilot project (designing criteria for selection of the area and population to be involved in the pilot, developing scenarios and objectives) in order to test the generic methodologies and to assess their effectiveness in raising an improved level of preparedness of the community.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CS | Phase: JTI-CS-2010-3-GRA-04-003 | Award Amount: 330.00K | Year: 2011

The objective of the project is to develop a high fidelity and accuracy GPS system simulation, capable of being seemly integrated in Green Regional Aircraft (GRA) flight simulator. The development of a green FMS is an essential factor for integrating green technologies in GRA simulator and for achieving the following Clean Sky environmental goals. 50% reduction of CO2 emissions 80% reduction of NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions 50% reduction of external noise To support the green FMS system development, a GPS simulator shall be developed taking into consideration that navigation scenarios presented by both NextGen (EUA) and SESAR (UE) Master Plans. These Roadmaps present the FMS increasingly relying on GNSS systems, in particular the current SESAR 2020 Navigation roadmap considers the following scenario: Primary aircraft positioning means will be satellite based for all flight phases; Positioning is expected to rely on a minimum of two dual frequency satellite constellations (Galileo, GPS L1/L5 and potentially other constellations, assuming interoperability) and augmentation as required: Aircraft based augmentation (ABAS) such as INS and multiple GNSS processing receiver; Satellite based augmentation (SBAS) such as EGNOS and WAAS. And Beyond 2020 : The availability of other constellations enables increased accuracy and availability. Multi constellation receivers are able to exploit available constellations/satellites (e.g. China, Russia), Ground based augmentation (GBAS) for Cat II/III approach and landing with backup provided by ILS/MLS As part of this project a simulator infrastructure shall be implemented with a modular architecture that can be further extended to cope environment presented above and that shall provide a realistic GPS simulation infrastructure. Being this high level of realism achieved through the use of EGNOS data for the validation and fine tuning of the several GNSS signals errors sources contributions.

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-2011.5.2-1 | Award Amount: 5.05M | Year: 2012

The HIT-GATE Consortium goal is to develop a generic gateway that allows communications across networks currently used by first responders in Europe. It is well known that, all over Europe, current first-responder networks use a large number of different and incompatible technologies therefore compromising efficient coordination of combined operations (such as cross-border or crisis management). It is also known that European organizations dealing with public-safety have invested in dedicated critical systems (to ensure high-availability and reliability). This includes dedicated networks of, among others, PMR (Professional Mobile Radio) and, more specifically, TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio). Moreover, with the fast development of communications technologies, new capabilities and opportunities are being adopted and exploited by early-adopters FRs, such as ad-hoc mesh broadband networks, able to provide and/or extend connectivity over affected areas (e.g., underground and destroyed area) and to deliver high data throughput (higher than 5Mbps) Therefore, to answer FRs needs, HIT-GATE will be developed to support a mix of technologies used today by organizations involved in Public-Safety, ranging from legacy-PMR, TETRA to next-generation networks. In this way, organizations may keep their existing systems and/or adopt novel technologies, since the proposed HIT-GATE solution is future proof and ensures communications interoperability between the networks (limited, of course, to the limitations in capabilities of each network). HIT-GATE will also enable communications across heterogeneous networks between first responders during operations. By connecting HIT-GATE to their networks, FRs may continue to use their current receiver equipments, communications base-stations and communications infrastructures.

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