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ROMA, Italy

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2013.4.1-4 | Award Amount: 3.92M | Year: 2014

In Europe, one of the core emergency response services to deadly threats such as pandemic disease and major terrorism attacks is the European Health Services (EHS). The EHS comprise key stakeholders that include hospitals, community health services, pre-hospital emergency care services, medical suppliers, rescue services, health related voluntary services and others. It is crucial to the EHS that it remains in an excellent state of preparedness supported by first-class planning and decision support tools. Moreover, in the response phase, EHS need consistent, coordinated and standardised advanced support methods and tools providing support in critical tasks like e.g. early threat detection, common operational picture, creation of surge capacity etc. Finally, at a pan European level, EHS also need an interoperable framework with the ability to provide a coordinated European response to any major medical incident. PULSE aims to meet these challenges. The project will begin by a) comprehensively studying the procedures, processes and training requirements in current operation at the EHS using the support of end users available to the project. It will then b): Develop standard and consistent response procedures and processes; Provide tools to support decision making in both preparedness and response phases; Provide a Framework that ensures decision makers have access to timely key data, planning and decision support tools and to international best practice and lessons learnt; Present innovative training techniques to improve personnel response training; Develop an emergency app for smart phones that will allow users fast and flexible access to emergency resource availability information; The primary benefit will: Reduce administration, bureaucracy and ensure better use of resources; The project will: Build on research results from previous EU projects which have developed usable analysis of societal and political criteria and their relevance to security measures -Capture and assess lessons learnt. The PULSE framework solution can be validated by two pilot scenarios based on multiple exercises and demonstrations: a) a biological attack in Italy and b) a major stadium crush at a Dublin concert. Both will involve cross corder support from neighbouring countries

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SEC-2012.5.3-4 | Award Amount: 15.99M | Year: 2013

A European network where forces share communications, processes and a legal framework would greatly enforce response to disaster recovery and security against crime. Until now, uncertainty on costs, timescale and functionalities has slowed down integration of national Public Protection & Disaster Relief (PPDR) networks. The lack of interoperable communication systems has impeded the cooperation of PPDR forces, although a strong European commitment has been established through Schengen and Lisbon treaties. ISITEP will develop procedures, technology and legal agreements to achieve a cost effective solution for PPDR interoperability. ISITEP will demonstrate full radio interface migration for PPDR resources. ISITEP end users will drive requirements to guarantee legal, operational and technical coherence. In addition, a legal agreement template will be proposed for approval between Norway and Sweden within the project timeframe. The project goals will be obtained through the delivery of the ISITEP framework, which will be based on: Mission oriented procedures, functional models and legal agreements An European network solution integrating all types of European national PPDR networks through a novel Inter System Interface (ISI) over IP protocol encompassing: ETSI standardized ISI among TETRA national networks ISI over IP gateways among national TETRAPOL networks ISI over IP gateways among TETRAPOL - TETRA networks Bi-technology terminals based on smartphones/tablets with PPDR applications Supporting tools to assess business sustainability, technology needs and improve training Through ISITEP, European end users will leverage enhanced terminals in operations abroad within an agreed framework of procedures. This will improve cooperation among European PPDR resources for the benefit of all citizens. European stakeholders will have an economically sustainable solution for sharing national PPDR services. ISITEPs results will be disseminated by a proper plan leveraging the Consortium, which includes all the manufacturers of national European networks and the main PPDR stakeholders. Furthermore, through ISITEP technology, the European security industry will have new market opportunities.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SEC-2013.4.1-6 | Award Amount: 19.27M | Year: 2014

In recent years, the frequency of large-scale forest fires has increased significantly owing to a number of factors including the effects of climate change, urbanisation, poor landscape management and malevolent acts. These so-called Mega-fires are particularly destructive and difficult to control with the technologies and systems currently available to fire fighters and emergency agencies. The AF3 project intends to provide an extraordinary improvement to the efficiency of current fire-fighting operations and to the protection of human lives, the environment and property by developing innovative technologies and means to ensure a high level of integration between existing and new systems. To reach this objective, AF3 project focuses on the following areas: Innovative active countermeasure: implementation of the novel AAFF (Advanced Aerial Fire Fighting) system to accurately and safely disperse extinguishing materials from high altitude by aircrafts and helicopters in any condition: day and night, regardless of weather, smoke and configuration of terrain. It will enable a quick 24H response, minimizing fire duration and damages. The AAFF system can be adapted to a wide variety of aircrafts or helicopters. Innovative passive countermeasures: fast build-up of preventive defensive lines of capsules to prevent the spreading of fire from forest to populated areas Early detection and monitoring: integration and deployment of diverse systems including satellites, aeroplanes, UAVs, and both mobile and stationary ground systems for the early detection of fire and for monitoring the propagation of smoke and toxic clouds. Integrated crisis management: the innovative AF3 Core Expert Engine will perform overall coordination of all fire fighting missions. The results of AF3 will be validated by intermediate tests during the project, and by a final demonstration with flight tests and drilling exercises carried out simultaneously in Spain, Italy, Greece and Israel.

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.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-2.2-2014 | Award Amount: 12.03M | Year: 2015

The ITRAIL -Information Technologies for Shift to rail proposal, first step towards the long term IP4 -IT for an Attractive Railway SHIFTRAIL Innovation Programme, aims at providing a new seamless travel experience, giving access to a complete multimodal travel offer which connects the first and last mile to long distance journeys. This is achieved through the introduction of a ground breaking Technical Enabler based on two concepts: the traveler is placed at the heart of innovative solutions, accessing all multimodal travel services (shopping, ticketing, and tracking) through its travel-companion. An open published framework is providing full interoperability whilst limiting impacts on existing systems, without prerequisites for centralized standardization. This Technical Enabler will be completely settled in the context of the SHIFTRAIL IP4, and ITRAIL is proposing a reduced approach to the scale of a specified use case without weakening any of the key concepts of IP4, such as the usage of Semantic Web technologies, meta planning on distributed data, travel companion with a protected and secured personal wallet stored in the cloud and including the rights to travel. The use case will be defined as a specific instantiation of our open concepts, and will benefit from a completely scalable architecture fully instantiated in IP4. This approach is addressing all the key challenges of the work program, supporting a complete door-to- door intermodal travel offer and proposing a seamless integration of the very diverse existing and future services for planning, one-stop-shop ticketing, and real-time re-accommodation. Moreover, thanks to an Interoperability framework which insulates travel applications from the standards fragmentation in multimodal transport, ITRAIL liberates business-model innovations in the market-place, guaranteeing the economic self-sustainability of these e-services in the long-term.

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