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The Universitat Politècnica de Valencia(UPVLC) is a dynamic, innovative public institution, dedicated to research and teaching. UPVLC is comprised of 15 centres. Today, over 42.000 members integrate our academic community: 37.800 of these are students, 2600 are teachers and 1700 belong to the administration and services personnel. The UPVLC participation in ASSISTANCE will be performed by The Distributed Real Time Systems Lab. 

The Distributed Real Time Systems Lab (DRTSL) belongs to the Communications Department (CD) the more important one within the UPVLC in terms of research projects development. The Distributed Real Time Systems Lab (DRTSL) has large expertise in the following research lines: Friendly Force Tracking (FFT) systems design and development, Distance learning systems, Training systems based onvirtual and mixed reality development, Video surveillance systems design and development and Systems integration. DRTSL has developed SIMACOP system which has been acquired by the Spanish army as official Friendly Force Tracking (FFT) system in 2009 and it is fully deployed in Afghanistan, Mali and Lebanon. In the field of LEAs dedicated training UPVLC developed the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Advanced Distance Learning (ADL) system and their operational training program based on virtual reality environment. 

ETRA Investigación y Desarrollo, S.A. (ETRA I+D) is the hi-tech unit within ETRA Group, one of the leading industrial groups in Spain. Its mission is putting in the market the most advanced solutions and services related to security, energy, mobility and real time systems, either directly or through the 10 companies of the Group. The main market areas of ETRA Group are Spain, South-Central America, South East Asia and the EU.

The activity of the company – with a turnover of 220 M€ and a staff of 2000- started in the 70’s and it is centred in four main activity lines: urban and interurban traffic, transport, energy management and security. The business area of Security – considered both vertically and horizontally across the other business areas- accounts for a substantial 50% of the company turnover. As a result of its activities, one of the core businesses of the company is the development and delivery of turnkey ICT systems to manage Critical Infrastructures (CI). In most cases it is ETRA’s staff who runs the CI for our customers – the public authorities, large infrastructure operators, etc.

Thales is a world leader for mission critical information systems, with activities in three core businesses: aerospace (with all major aircraft manufacturers as customers), defense, and security (including ground transportation solutions). It employs 68000 people worldwide (50 countries). It provides its customers with all the key functions in the critical information loop, from detection and processing to transmission and distribution. Thales develops its strategic capabilities in component, software and system engineering and architectures through its R&T organization. Designing and developing the mission/safety-critical information systems that underpin the company’s leadership in aerospace, defense and security markets calls for comprehensive expertise in increasingly sophisticated technologies and the ability to integrate these technologies with large-scale software driven systems.

Moreover, as a key player in security markets, Thales role is to protect people, countries, critical infrastructure and data. To do that, Thales works closely with its customers — governments, cities, essential operators, companies and major national and international organizations — to address their specific concerns and develop solutions that meet the needs of their stakeholders.

Thales SA is involved in the project through its French corporate research center, the Thales Research & Technology centre from Palaiseau (France), more especially the “Analysis & Reasoning in Complex System” laboratory (LRASC) that investigates, develops or customizes methods and algorithms for information fusion, decision making processing and also big data architectures and the “Decision & Optimization” laboratory (LDO) that investigates algorithms for complex problem solving using approaches like genetic algorithms, planning, non-linear optimization, multi criteria and group decision making.

The Valencian Agency for Security and Emergency Response (AVSRE) is the institution responsible of minimizing the consequences of any emergency occurred in the Valencian Community, in Spain. Planning, anticipation, prevention and optimization of resources are the main principles of AVSRE’s action.

The Emergency Coordination Center of the Generalitat (CCEGV), as an AVSRE’s attached resource, is composed by different operational and administrative management units.

The operational management units of CCEGV are:

  • Valencian Community 112 service, called “1·1·2 Comunitat Valenciana” (simplified as 112CV), that receivescitizen’s emergency calls and makes the corresponding notices to the emergency services that must act in incidents located in the Valencian Community. 

  • The “Emergency Control Room”, where the command and control of the Emergency Coordination, Forest Fire Prevention and Police services is located. 

The administrative management units of CCEGV are: 

  • The departments that deal with both the organizational and technological needs of 112CV 

  • The Planning Service, which prepares the emergency plans for the risks that affect the Valencian Community 

  • The Emergency Coordination Service, whose function is to satisfy the organizational needs of the Command and Control Room, as well as to organize the response of the Securityand Emergency agencies according to the Civil Protection Plans. Thisservice is also responsible for the execution of some functions entrusted by the Nuclear Safety Council. 

  • The Forest Fire Extinction Service, whose function is to plan, organize and manage the response of the competent resources in the field of forest fire extinction, as wellas coordinate the operations in the investigation of causes of forest fires 

Sieć Badawcza ŁUKASIEWICZ – Przemysłowy Instytut Automatyki i Pomiarów PIAP is a leading Polish research institute active in the fields of robotics, automation, machine vision and measurements systems, with a vast experience in developing unique solutions in the field of industrial automation, security and defense technologies, information technology, industrial and mobile robotics as well as measuring devices. Research performed at Łukasiewicz-PIAP is concentrated on mobile autonomous systems, innovative human machine interfaces, manipulation and manipulator construction, data fusion and image processing.

For over 15 years Łukasiewicz-PIAP is a successful developer of mobile robots used in EOD/IED and SAR missions. Research performed at PIAP facilities is concentrated on mobile autonomous systems, innovative human machine interfaces, data fusion, image processing and CBRNe detection and environmental sampling systems.

Łukasiewicz-PIAP’s experience in designing and production of CBRNe payloads dates back to 2009. Since then PIAP has developed multiple accessories, mainly for forensic and environmental samples collection, but has also been successful in adapting COTS sensors for remote usage on the mobile robots.

Łukasiewicz-PIAP is also a successful systems integrator and leader of projects and work packages in projects funded by the European Union (FPs, EDA, ESA) and the Polish government.

The Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA) is a non-profit organization that takes care of the management and development of CATEC research centre (Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies). The main goal of FADA-CATEC is the research and development in aerospace related technologies supporting industries in coordination with universities and other research centres. FADA-CATEC has currently 45 researchers and engineers and has been awarded with a 21 million euros grant for laboratories and equipment.

CATEC develops technology for the aerospace sector in its three main research areas: Avionics and Systems, Robotics and Automation, and Materials and Processes. FADA-CATEC is the main Spanish research centre for civil RPAS/UAS with more than 20 researchers working on aerial systems technology and it has a large experience in developing technological solutions and applications with UAS and aerial robotics. Also, it is important to highlight that FADA-CATEC has a wide experience participating in European projects; having participated in 8 FP7 projects (coordinating 3 of them) in the last 7 years and already participating in 7 H2020 projects.

On the other hand, FADA-CATEC has a strong activity related to the future certification of RPAS and has actively participated in the working groups that helped in the definition of the current Spanish RPAS regulation with AESA (Spanish NAA) and it is a current member of the Spanish Drone Council recently created by AESA. Moreover, FADA-CATEC is a limited member of EUROCAE (European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment) and participates in the recently created WG-105 working Group (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and it is part of the RTM 0.23 formed by EASA to prepare the future European regulation. FADA-CATEC is also a member of the WG for UAS in AENOR which the Spanish representative for ISO committees.

Furthermore, FADA-CATEC has a relevant experience integrating and demonstrating advanced technologies for UAS/RPAS. In fact, FADA-CATEC counts with its own autopilot and GCS technology with a development environment that allows to easily integrating functionalities and algorithms developed by third partners. This integration framework for UAS has been validated in many European projects like EC-SAFEMOBIL, PLANET, ARCAS, FieldCopter, etc.

TNO, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, was founded in 1932 by an act of the Dutch parliament to make scientific research accessible and applicable for businesses and government. TNO is a not for profit organization which by law is required to operate in an independent and objective way. TNO’s trademark is the application of rigorous scientific principles to a wide variety of disciplines – in all of that believes in the joint creation of economic and social value. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. Presently, TNO employs about 2.600 highly qualified professionals.

Incidents with production, transport or storage of dangerous substances (i.e. toxic, flammable or explosive substances) may affect public safety, in particular in densely populated urban areas. We support and advise national and international companies, national and regional regulators as well as emergency services on issues related to the hazards and risks of dangerous goods – whilst being stored, transported or processed. Business to business, we perform (quantitative) risk assessments (QRAs), safety studies of industrial installations, self-rescue and evacuation studies as well as accident investigations.

Furthermore, TNO has a track record in sensor enhancement and automatic inspection of complex systems and infrastructure. Interpreting data from sensors on increasingly higher levels of cognition ensures our right to play in the field of behavioral analysis. Converting complex offline analysis algorithms to real-time inspection systems enables our work in large infrastructure inspection. Widely varying technology is used to solve all these problems, from parallel processing optimization to machine learning and AI. When using robots (UGV or UAV) human-robot collaboration is key, good interfaces should be designed and allocated for a human-machine ensemble (a joint cognitive system) to achieve an optimal joint performance and support situation awareness.

Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) is a research organisation fully owned by the Swedish government. Its goal is to ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. RISE Fire Research is active in research, fire safety engineering, testing and certification, providing scientific support to the development of standards and regulations, and finding technical solutions for assessment of products and systems. RISE Fire Research has been involved in several international research projects that deal with disaster resilience, e.g. IMPROVER and BERTIM (H2020), and Casceff (FP7). RISE Fire Research also has strong ties to the Swedish national emergency responder communities through the current FIRST and Ergonomic Technology projects, among some 40+ other previous projects in this area.

Nederlands Instituut Publieke Veiligheid (NIPV) is an independent administrative body established by law (IAB/ZBO). The position of the NIPV is defined in the Dutch Safety Regions Act. The NIPV has a location in Arnhem and two locations in Zoetermeer. The NIPV has more than 250 employees. Through the Dutch Safety Regions Act a range of statutory duties were transferred to the Institute for Safety. The NIPV, commissioned by the safety regions, undertakes the delivery of a range of common tasks for these regions. The NIPV also works in the field of safety for third parties.

Safety in the Netherlands is not a static concept but a fragile achievement. Social developments are the reason to work on stabilizing and (where necessary) continuously increase the safety level. This requires targeted investments in research and knowledge, which help to support and increase our expertise and skills to act in emergencies and crises appropriately. In addition the safety in our country will improve if the various crisis organisations are well equipped for performing their tasks in disaster and crisis, have good knowledge about each other’s competences and are maximally trained for structured collaboration.

The NIPV contributes to a safer society by supporting the 25 Dutch safety regions, including the 25 regional fire service organisations, and their partners in developing and maintaining professional standards in relation to undertaking their duties. We develop and share relevant knowledge, we have expertise in the acquisition and management of common (or shared) stock (or equipment) and we give advice to the various public sector management teams involved. Our motto is: identify and connect.

The NIPV is the national support organization for the Dutch safety regions. We support the safety regions in strengthening the fire brigades and in developments in the field of disaster and crisis management, including prevention of fire and accidents.

Universidad de Cantabria (UC) is a modern public institution with an overall budget in 2016 of 103,7 M€. The main purpose is to contribute to social progress through teaching and scientific excellence.

Considering EU Projects, UC has an extensive experience in international research projects and programmes, participating in more than 100 such projects both in the Seventh Framework Program (FP7, 2007-2013) and in the Horizon 2020 calls. Specifically, UC has obtained funding in H2020 for around 8,9M€ in 43 projects. In December 2014, the UC obtained its first ERC for a total of 1,5 M€. In this moment, the institution coordinates 9 projects from international programmes.

The GIDAI group at the UC has been undertaking intensive research, technology transfer and training activities in the field of human behaviour in emergency conditions and fire science for the last 20 years. This research group is a national and international referent in safety science thanks to research, innovation and dissemination activities carried out to improve safety in society.

UC-GIDAI has developed a R&D line with more than 50 research projects and contracts and over 20 scientific papers (in scientific journals and peer-reviewed international conferences) devoted to Fire Safety and Evacuation Management. The research group is renowned for its contribution to evacuation studies through experimental research on human behaviour and the development of specialized computer models such as EvacTrain and EvacTunnel.

Gezamenlijke Brandweer, Rotterdam Rijnmond Industrial/Harbor Area (GB RDM) is a unique public-private partnership for operating a coordinated mutual aid organization for the port and industrial area of Rotterdam-Rijnmond. The organization is a cooperation between more than 50 post Seveso companies, the city of Rotterdam and the municipality of Rozenburg. This means that the tasks of the industrial company fire brigades and the public fire service are incorporated within one organization.

The GB RDM is led by a joint board of members of the private companies and the governmental authorities. The main role of the GB RDM is to provide quick, effective and efficient incident response with specific attention for the industrial area. It’s mission statement is: “Professionals in Incident handling and Services”.

The general aims of the GB RDM are combating incidents by specialized (industrial) firefighters, providing assistance for calamities and innovating the (industrial) incident handling. The GB RDM is specialized in (industrial) firefighting, fast-response hazmat operations, large tank fire handling, ship fire handling and high altitude rope rescue.

Acil Ambulans Hekimleri Dernegi (AAHD) was established in 2004 in Izmir and accepted as a “non-profit research institute” by EU in 2008. Main missions of AAHD: 

To support RTD and innovation activities in Disaster Response and Preparedness; and Emergency Medicine (for first responders on the field and in the hospital) 

To develop courses for trauma, medical emergencie sand disaster medical response 

To organize pilot testing environment using medical simulation technics disaster and emergency medical exercisesnational and international level 

To increase capacity of Emergency Medical Services(EMS) in national level 

To develop injury prevention strategies. 

AAHD members are all physicians and working either ambulance or emergency rooms. AAHD highly experienced in responding to medical emergencies to different kinds of disasters. Most of the members actively directed medical efforts and responded to the most devastating earthquake – 1999 Marmara Earthquake, 2005 Seferihisar Earthquake, 2011 Van Earthquake, 1995 Izmir Flood, CBRN incidents, terrorist attacks, major fires and mass causality incidents in Turkey. 

AAHD members made major contributions to the Turkish EMS and Disaster Medical Response regulations. AAHD provides the scientific evaluation of the call center, call numbers and organisational structure, the personnel function descriptions, standards and international procedures to be applied, so as to improve the work and organisation of emergency health care and disaster medicine services. AAHD had organized 5 International Ambulance Rallies, many conferences, symposiums; international Mass Causality Incident and CBRN drills until so far. 26 Teams (12 of them international including London Ambulance Service) participated to the latest Aegean Ambulance Rallyin 2010.

Ministerio del Interior – Policia Nacional (MIR-PN) is a police force (LEA) born in 1824. PN has been growing up as police force from its origin to the present day. Currently, we are more than 70.000 police officers, and it is a nationwide Law Enforcement Agency. One of the PN strategic lines in home security is to achieve a more dynamic police force, more efficient and more intelligent use of new technologies and new working methods to be more effective.

According to the Organic Law 2/86, depending on the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, the PN statutory tasks, among others, are: “Capture, receive and analyze the data of interest in order to ensure public security, and study, plan and execute all the techniques and methods to prevent crime”. In order to carry out this mandate, the Spanish National Police is in charge of:

  • To aid and protect persons and goods. 
  • To maintain and restore public order and citizens´ security. 

  • To investigate crimes, arresting the culprits and bringing perpetrators to justice. 

  • To collect and analyze interesting data in order to keep public security. 

  • To issue and control national identity cards and passports. 

  • To enforce the legislation on foreigners. 

  • To collaborate and aid other countries’ LEAs. 

  • To control private security.

Viasat Antenna System (VAS) is a global leader in the field of satellite communications. Viasat develops and supplies advanced communications products and services that support voice, data, and video communications via Hybrid Secure Network (Including satellite communications).

Viasat is servicing first responders’ (FR) organizations, Emergency Medical services to enhance their capabilities for facing complex situations providing them with real time communications thus increasing the situation awareness in terms of data (e.g. real time video, people, intelligent data, maps …). Viasat in Lausanne has become a key player on various European project using novel technologies such as:

  • UAVs for border surveillance, criticalinfrastructure protection, 

  • Remote sensing for Disaster recovery, Search andRescue 

  • Connected Vehicles for first responders 

  • Telemedicine 

  • Real-time Full motion video data management andprocessing. 

Viasatin Lausanne has a number of key skills to support the ASSISTANCEproject: 

  • Systems integration and management of complex projects – Aerospace and defence, 

  • Unmanned vehicle control and pay load management /Management of Sensors, 

  • Advanced multi-domain communications and Network management, 

  • Key functions in the critical information loop, from detection and processing to transmission and distribution. 

  • C4ISR and situational awareness, 

  • Autonomous systems and technologies. 

Viasathas a solid track record in collaborative research with FP7 projects,and H2020 projects (one of which as coordinator), dozens of ESA projects (4 as a coordinator). This portfolio of projects covers all technical domains mentioned above.

e-LEX Studio Legale is an Italian SME owned by university professors, located in Rome, offering legal consultancy services to international private and public companies, on Privacy, Intellectual Property, Legal Informatics and Information Technology Law, Cybercrime, Criminal Law, Social Media, Open Government, Telecommunication, Media Law, Gambling, Consumer Protection, Antitrust, Advertising, Product Liability, Alternative Dispute Resolution. e-Lex is part of a network of highly qualified international lawyers, dedicated to providing the same excellent standard of legal services in Italy and abroad, thus relieving its clients from the burden of seeking legal advice from multiple offices. e-Lex team is composed by a mix of legal experts, university professors, researchers, experts on economy, consultants of the EU Commission and a member of the Italian Government’s Board on “Innovation and digital agenda”. e-Lex vision is focused on creating value on the market and into society, as well as producing policy-relevant results of interest to political decision-makers and the academic community.

Södertörns Branförsvarsförbund Fire Brigade (SBFF) is responsible for the rescue service for those living in Botkyrka,Ekerö, Haninge, Huddinge, Nacka, Nykvarn, Nynäshamn, Salem,Södertälje and Tyresö municipalities. Our mission is to help ourlocal residents feel safe and secure in their municipality. In ourpreventive fire protection work, SBFF offers various types ofeducation in fire safety. We hold fire education programs forstudents in pre-school and elementary school and participate invarious events in our member municipalities. SBFF also work with the supervision of real estate and businesses, inspections and building permits of various kinds. 

SBFFis one of Sweden’s largest rescue services based in the southernparts of Stockholm. SBFF have 500 employees who work every day toprevent and combat fires and accidents. We have 21 fire stations forcovering the territory under our responsibility. Our goal is to create security and security in society preventing fires and otheraccidents. SBFF also work with a broad social mission together with municipalities and companies. In addition to traditional firestations, SBFF has begun to use first-class individuals as their ownas civilians. SBFF is active in 10 municipalities with 650000 inhabitants. 

SBFFhas broad experience and competence in our area, the breadth of expertise means that we cover all areas that need to be signed. From engineers to firefighters with extensive knowledge and experience. For 10 years, SBFF has developed other professions in our municipalities to respond to emergency alarm in society, giving us an experience in that area too.

Ochotnicza Straż Pożarna w Ożarowie Mazowieckim (OSPOM) – was founded in 1924. Is a legal entity operating on the principles of association. Currently, it has 7 rescue and extinguishing vehicles in its rescue resources and 60 volunteer firefighters in its ranks. There is a unit of the national rescue and firefighting system from the beginning of its creation, i.e. 25 years. This system, being a structure organized by the State Fire Service, apart from their full time units, includes the best voluntary units with a quick response time to emerging threats and having the necessary training and equipment to cooperate with state units. In the past few years, the number of emergency operations served by the unit is close to or exceeds 400 per year. Unit has a very short for the volunteer unit response time to alarms – on the order of 1 to 2 minutes from the receipt of the notification to the departure of the first emergency vehicle with the crew. This is due to the fact that 27 families of firefighters live in the unit directly at the fire station. The next vehicles, if necessary, leave in an interval of 2-3 minutes. High readiness to undertake rescue operations also translates into the possibility of conducting several independent rescue and fire-fighting operations at the same time. In addition to the high standard of equipment and emergency vehicles used by the majority of volunteer and state fire brigade units, the OSP Ożarów Mazowiecki owns and effectively uses in its operations modern and unique equipment in the form of CutLanca 300 bar Cutting Extinguisher and ARGO multi surface floating vehicle. It also uses in its daily activities 4 rescue and firefighting vehicles with various equipment and an 18 hydraulic lift for operations at heights. In order to meet the challenges related to the large number of various rescue operations carried out, volunteer firefighters from Ożarów systematically improve their skills during training and exercises. They are organized both in Poland within their own capabilities and external training, as well as volunteers participate in foreign training. Most firefighters have certificates of paramedics in the field of qualified first aid, almost all drivers are authorized to operate aerial platforms, and several mechanical ladders, 11 firefighters are motor-boat helmsmen, 20 people completed a cooperation course with a helicopter. Firefighters gain professional knowledge also abroad: search and rescue course at the Fire School in England (5 people), heavy rescue course in the Netherlands (5 people), 300 bar fog equipment course and the use of tactical water fog in the training center in Boras Sweden (7 people), a course of support for lifting stabilizers at the School in Lund Sweden (5 people).

CNBOP-PIB is a research institute of the State Fire Service of Poland. The Institute is a research centre with a 46 years of experience. Mission of CNBOP-PIB is activity in relation to ensuring general safety in the field of fire protection, civil protection and crisis management. Institute is also involved in projects related to innovative solutions in the field of fire and civil protection through a variety of their own research as well as research projects. Moreover, CNBOP-PIB conducts and provides:

  • tests of products used for fire protection

  • technical approvals

  • certification of products used for fire protection

  • research on fire protection and personal safety

  • research on equipment and the agents used by firefighting units

  • technical analysis of fire protection systems

  • opinions and technical analyses within the above-mentioned areas

  • analyses of the causes and factors behind the spread of fires

  • processes of burning and explosions

  • educational initiatives for common and personal safety

  • publishing activities

Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection – National Research Institute (CNBOP-PIB) is the only one of this type of research institution in Poland. CNBOP-PIB has 4 fully equipped complexes of laboratories: 

  • Laboratory of Technical Equipment for FireService and Technical Fire Protection (BS); 

  • Combustion Processes and Explosions Laboratory (BW); 

  • Laboratory of Fire Extinguishing Agents andEquipment (BU); 

  • Laboratory of Fire Signalling and Fire Automation(BA); 

Moreover, the Institute includes Technical Assessment Body (DOT), Certification Department (DC) and Service Certification Department (DCU). Apart the standard activity in CE marking, national B marking and certification of admittance, the Certification Department obtained the accreditation granted by United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior Civil Defence G.H.Q, which allows CNBOP-PIB to carry out voluntary conformity assessment of construction products for the UAE market 

Core Competence: providing tests, approvals, certification, expertise and analysis, trainings inthe scope of core business of CNBOP-PIB, dissemination, awareness raising, international collaboration related to research and innovation, testing of innovative products used by Fire Services

Cyberethics Lab (CEL) is an Italian SME leveraging on the experience and knowledge of its multidisciplinary core members, working in numerous R&D activities in the context of inter-disciplinary EC Research projects. CEL’s main focus is a holistic vision of innovation, generated by efficiency, scientific curiosity and respect for human beings, where ideas, techniques, tools and methods from different disciplines are integrated to make innovative, secure and responsible technology. CEL mission is mainly based on promoting innovation as well as creating ethical awareness and promoting ethical behaviour to build confidence and trust, as well as the promotion of the inclusion of ethical concerns in the design and implementation of technologies, the identification of risks on individual fundamental rights and the issuing of recommendations in order to make technologies compliant with ethical principles. CEL’s members main area of expertise are in security, defence, critical infrastructures and robotics.