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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2012.2.1-1 | Award Amount: 4.89M | Year: 2013

For the first time, more than 50% of the worlds population live in urban areas. By 2050, c. 70% of people are likely to be city dwellers, compared with less than 30% in 1950. This trend brings with it increased security and safety threats in urban areas, not least to urban built infrastructure. The central aim of HARMONISE (A Holistic Approach to Resilience and Systematic ActiOns to Make Large Scale UrbaN Built Infrastructure SEcure) is to develop a comprehensive, multi-faceted, yet mutually-reinforcing concept for the enhanced security, resilience and sustainability of large scale urban built infrastructure and development. Large scale urban built infrastructure is a critical component within the intertwined networks of urban areas, which include not only physical components, but also integrated hardware and software aspects. To date, a comprehensive and holistic approach to improve the resilience and security of large scale urban developments (i.e. shopping centres/areas, sports venues or business centres with underground transportation nodes) against attacks and disruptions, has not been developed thoroughly. HARMONISE will be grounded in a holistic view of innovation, and will advocate synergies with, and augmentation of, relevant existing, past or ongoing projects. The project recognises the necessity to improve the design of urban areas and increase their security against, and resilience, to new threats. Specifically, HARMONISE seeks to deliver (a) a holistic urban resilience integrated information platform; (b) a suite of innovative tools (toolkit hosted within the HARMONISE platform); (c) greater understanding and awareness of urban security and resilience vis-a-vis dissemination activities; and, (d) commercialisation opportunities among emerging new markets in this field. HARMONISE will result in significant resilience enhancement methods for large scale urban built infrastructure.


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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


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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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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.


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.

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