Today’s First Responders (FR) are using technology of the past. During their primary mission of saving lives and preserving society’s safety and security, FRs face a multitude of challenges. In both small scale emergencies and large scale disasters, they often deal with life-threatening situations, hazardous environments, uncharted surroundings and limited awareness. Threats and hazards evolve rapidly, crossing municipalities, regions and nations with speed and ease. Armouring public safety services with all the tools that modern technology has to offer is critical.
Such tools holistically enhance their protection and augment their operational capacities, assisting them in saving lives as well as ensuring their safe return from the disaster scene.
INGENIOUS will develop, integrate, test, deploy and validate a Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) for Collaborative Response, which ensures high level of Protection & Augmented Operational Capacity to respond to the disaster scene. This will comprise a multitude of the tools and services required:
1. for enabling protection of the FRs with respect to their health, safety and security;
2. for enhancing their operational capacities by offering them with means to conduct various response tasks and missions boosted with autonomy, automation, precise positioning, optimal utilisation of available resources and upgraded awareness and sense-making;
3. for allowing shared response across FR teams and disciplines by augmenting their field of view, information sharing and communications between teams and with victims. The NGIT armours the FRs at all fronts. 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.
INGENIOUS Consortium comprises of 23 partners and
covers a large portion of Europe (12 MS and associated countries as well as the Republic of Korea, at a total of 13 countries):
ICCS. Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Coordinator) EL | ITC. Universiteit Twente NL | DLR. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. DE | DXT. DIGINEXT FR | TEK. FUNDACION TEKNIKER ES | EXUS. EXUS SOFTWARE EL | SINTEF. SINTEF AS NOR | CERTH. Centre for Research and Technology Hellas EL | FOI. Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut SWE | STWS. SATWAYS Ltd. EL | ALPES. Alpes Lasers SA CH | TUW. Technische Universitaet Wien AU | CYRIC. Cyprus Research and Innovation Center Ltd CY | UPF. Universidad Pompeu Fabra ES | SLG. Singularlogic EL | KIRO. Korea Institute of Robot & Convergence, Disaster Robotics R&D Center SKR | ERTZ. Ertzaintza – Departamento Seguridad - GoBierno Vasco ES | APHPSAMU. Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris / Service d'Aide Médicale Urgente FR | SBFF. Södertörns brandförsvarsförbund SWE | ISAR. I.S.A.R.Germany Stiftung Gemeinnutzige Ug (Haftungsbeschrankt) Gmbh DE | PSNI. Police Service of Northern Ireland UK | HRTA. Hellenic Rescue Team Attica EL | TRI. Trilateral Research Ltd. IE