The Resilience Advisors Network based in Ireland is delighted to be part of the new Horizon Europe project "TeamAware".
TeamAware enhances crisis management, flexibility and reaction capability of first responders from different sectors by using highly standardised augmented reality and mobile human machine interfaces.
The aim of this innovative project is to develop an integrated and cost-efficient situational awareness system for first responders from different sectors with heterogeneous and hardly interoperable sensor units, including drone mounted, wearable and external sensor systems.
First responders are the groups of people, services and organisations with specialised skills and qualifications, whose duty is to arrive first to the emergency zone, rescue operations, and perform crisis management in natural or human-made disasters. These real-life heroes are the firefighters, the emergency medical services, and the law enforcement agencies. Depending on the impact and effect of the disaster, the sectors react to the emergency event individually as well as together. Their duty is hard and critical since lives and valuable assets are in the focus of their operations, under high level of stress and uncertainty. For instance, the first responders were the first victims infected by the previously unknown SARS virus, when they cared for patients infected by the virus. That is why the first responders need to be protected, connected, and fully aware of the emergency event so that they can efficiently and effectively save and rescue lives without exposing their lives or the operation to risks.
Although first responders provide secure and safe societies by protecting the communities, responding to the disasters and rescuing lives, they often use inefficient, weak and obsolete technologies in the operations. With respect to the current situation, the operational capabilities of the first responders can be dramatically boosted by the advances in technology and engineering fields such as smart sensor systems, wearables, data processing, data fusion, data analytics, communication infrastructure, and artificial intelligence tools.
According to the gap-analysis in "The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation" (IFAFRI), there are four topics which arise namely:
The kick-off for the project took place on the 5th and 6th of May. The project itself will have a duration of 36 months. TeamAware is a funded project by the EU under H2020 under Grant Number 101019808 comprised of an international consortium featuring 24 partners in the fields of academia, industry and end-users, from 13 countries
The RAN Team are currently working on Deliverable 2.1, providing an Analysis of the strategic and operational context of the work of the first responders for which the tools of the TeamAware projects will be developed.
It describes the operational and strategic documents, handbooks and policy framework regarding the situation and trends in disaster management relevant for the Team Aware project This context will drive the system and scenario design in other WP2 tasks and will be the basis for the scenarios in the validation trials of WP 13.
The document is mean as a reference document for the scientist working on the development of the tools
The description is guided by the European overview of man-made and natural disasters which gives and overview of the common disaster risk in Europe. This overview of risk is a summarization and analysis of the national risk assessments of all countries participating in the Union civil protection Mechanism.
The information is gathered based on a triangulation of available policy document, literature guidelines and handbooks and information from the countries from which first responders and law enforcement agencies are involved in the project1. We added one country (Denmark) in the descriptions to assure a European wide overview. As no Northern European Country was involved in the project.
The deliverable contains and analysis of the general international and national policy frameworks, guidelines, handbooks, protocols, operational doctrines relevant for first responders. Covering both the generic relevant frameworks as well as the scenario specific frameworks.
The coordinator of the project is Software Imagination & Vision (SIMAVI) from Romania, and the technical coordinator is Havelsan Hava Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AS from Turkey.
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