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INGENIOUS: The First Responder (FR) of the Future: a Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) for Collaborative Response, increasing protection and augmenting operational capacity

INGENIOUS aims to assist First Responders be more effective and save more lives during natural and manmade disasters and crises by exploiting novel technologies. INGENIOUS is developing, integrating, testing and validating a Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) for Collaborative Response, which ensures high level of Protection and Augmented Operational Capacity to respond to the disaster scene. The NGIT will be provided at the service of the FRs for extensive testing and validation in the framework of a rich Training, Testing and Validation Programme – of Lab Tests (LSTs), Small-Scale Field Tests (SSTs) and Full-Scale Field Validations (FSXs) – towards powering the FR of the future being fully aware, fully connected and fully integrated. More information

DRIVER+: Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience

DRIVER+ was a project funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, whose main aim was to cope with current and future challenges due to increasingly severe consequences of natural disasters and terrorist threats, by the development and uptake of innovative solutions that are addressing the operational needs of practitioners dealing with Crisis Management. DRIVER+ had three main objectives: 1) Develop a pan-European Test-bed for crisis management capability development; 2) Develop a well-balanced comprehensive portfolio of crisis management solutions, and 3) Facilitate a shared understanding of crisis management across Europe. More information

FASTER: First responder Advanced technologies for Safe and efficienT Emergency Response

FASTER is a H2020 funded project that involves a consortium of  research, social and technical partners  and first responder organizations. FASTER addresses the challenges associated with the protection of first responders in hazardous environments, while at the same time enhancing their capabilities in terms of situational awareness and communication. FASTER will employ a set of supporting technologies,such as UAVs and UGVs for their mapping and transportation capabilities to increase overall situational awareness, deliver important resources and even offer firefighting solutions, resilient communicationsas disaster conditions may disrupt and hamper communications or even prevent operational networking conditions, and technologies for companion K9 units and mini-UAVs for obstacle bypassing, improved inspection and navigational capabilities. Moreover, AR tools for improved situational awareness by making immediately visible, in-situ and in real-time, information that was previously unavailable or difficult to get, will be adopted. More information

CURSOR: Coordinated Use of miniaturised Robotic equipment and advanced Sensors for search and rescue OpeRations

The CURSOR project is developing mini robotic equipment and advanced sensors to assist in these operations. Specifically, their system comprises unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 3D modelling, and transportation of disposable miniaturised robots that are equipped with advanced sensors for the detection of volatile chemical signatures emanating from human beings. Information and data collected are transferred in real time to a handheld device operated by first responders at the disaster site. More information

FIRE-IN – Fire and RescueInnovation Network

FIRE-IN has been designed to raise the security level of EU citizens by improving the national and European Fire & Rescue (F&R) capability development process.
FIRE-IN addresses the concern that capability-driven research and innovation in this area needs much stronger guidance from practitioners and better exploitation of the technology potentially available for the discipline. This is to be achieved by practitioners more effectively coordinating on operational needs, on available research and innovation, on standardisation, and on test & demonstration and training.
FIRE-IN addresses these objectives through four main areas of activity: (i) the identification and harmonisation of operational capability gaps, (ii) the identification of promising solutions to address those gaps, (iii) the definition of a F&R Strategic Research and Standardisation Agenda (SRSA), (iv) the development of a concept for more efficient use of test & demonstration and training facilities.
The overarching result of the project will be a proven process for organising F&R capability-driven research based on a wide practitioner and research and innovation network. The network will be linked at cross-domain and cross-border level and will feed harmonised operational requirements (or challenges) into national and EU capability development, i.e. research, innovation, procurement and standardisation programmes.
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