DRIVER is a large-scale demonstration project, funded under the EU 7th Framework Programme, that addresses concept development, experimentation and innovation activities in crisis management (CM) and which is aimed at improving European resilience (the ability to withstand and recover from unexpected shocks) and response in the face of major incidents and disasters. The project started in May 2014 and will run until October 2018.
DRIVER addresses the needs for European crisis management identified by previous EU-funded projects like ACRIMAS and CRYSIS. DRIVER seeks to achieve step-wise innovation that is based on the systematic assessment and iterative adaptation of research results to operational requirements in three main thematic strands: civil society resilience, professional response (Command & Control) and evolved learning. In this context DRIVER’s overall mission is to improve crisis management through more systematic testing and assessment of novel crisis management solutions, thereby creating more rational grounds for their operational uptake or otherwise. By thus improving the interaction between users and solutions providers DRIVER aims at strengthening the European CM innovation eco-system.
DRIVER website: http://driver-project.eu/
The aim of AUGGMED is to develop a serious game platform to enable single- and team-based training of end-users with different level of expertise from different organisations responding to terrorist and organised crime threats. The platform will automatically generate non-linear scenarios tailored to suit the needs of individual trainees with learning outcomes that will improve the acquisition of emotional management, analytical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills. The game scenarios will include advanced simulations of operational environments, agents, telecommunications and threats, and will be delivered through VR and MR environments with multimodal interfaces. This will result in highly realistic training scenarios allowing advanced interactivity while encouraging security staff and first responders to engage and actively participate in the training process. In addition, the AUGGMED platform will include tools for trainers enabling them to set learning objectives, define scenarios, monitor training sessions, modify scenarios and provide feedback in real-time, as well as evaluate trainee performance and set training curricula for individual personnel in the post-training session phase. Finally, the platform will be offered in affordable and cost-effective Modes including Basic Mode (low VR fidelity and interactivity through mobile devices), Intermediate Mode (immersive multimodal VR) and Full Mode (immersive multimodal MR On-Site).
AUGGMED website: http://www.auggmed-project.eu/
REDIRNET – Emergency Responder Data Interoperability Network will provide a decentralized framework for interoperability for first responders’ systems based on a public meta-data gateway controlled by the agencies themselves via a REDIRNET socio-professional web. Agencies will be able link up to partner agencies of their choice and operational need; they will also be able to manage the scope of such interoperability. To help set up these link-up arrangements REDIRNET will be enhanced with semantic web methods in accordance with the vocabulary and processes of the user community. Inter-operating agencies will need only to develop one gateway (to REDIRNET) leading to a cost effective solution; agent technologies will also be developed to facilitate the integration of user systems into REDIRNET.
REDIRNET website: http://www.redirnet.eu/
SAFECITI is a collaborative project funded by the European Programme for Research FP7, and includes organizations from Spain, France, Switzerland, Romania and Italy. The project proposes the creation of a simulation system for Police intelligence analysts to predict the behavior of crowds in urban environments. The system is based on “serious game” technology and is designed as a platform for training purposes. SAFECITI provides analysts with a new technology to improve training in the tactics and operations used in real situations. The development of the simulation platform involves several technological challenges: advanced crowd simulation, generation of an urban environment, and graphic components – an interactive graphic platform, interfaces and a control system. It also includes measurement tools to evaluate the analysts based on their results. SAFECITI will allow for a better exchange of practices and approaches among European Police and security organizations, and enable more joint training programs.
SAFECITI website: http://safeciti.eu/
INSPEC2T (Inspiring CitizeNS Participation for Enhanced Community PoliCing AcTions) is a three-year project that started in May 2015, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Framework Programme, H2020-FCT-2014. INSPEC2T projects’ scope is to develop a sustainable framework for Community Policing that effectively addresses and promotes seamless collaboration between the police and the community. The INSPEC2T approach bases its conceptual foundations on EU crime prevention and Member States specific Internal Security Policies, validated research results and best practices from cooperation between police and local, regional and national communities. This is perceived as an origin to apprehend special characteristics, particularities and determinants for trust between all stakeholders. The main output of the project will be the development of an ICT platform that supports the use of social media in the community policing environment. INSPEC2T will be demonstrated and validated in 5 EU cities by a wide range of relevant stakeholders.
INSPEC2T website: http://inspec2t-project.eu/
LAW-TRAIN is a European Commission funded project aimed at fighting international drug-trafficking by developing a virtual interrogation training system. The training system will be developed in a collaborative action by universities, national governments and professional enterprises. The virtual gaming platform will allow law enforcement units to practice the interrogation of suspects in a multicultural and virtual reality context. Through extensive research in the field of computer science and criminology the mixed reality gaming platform makes it possible to generate characters with changing attributes and parameters. Based on these demographic variables, so called “Virtual Suspects” can be generated, which will give rise to multiple interrogation scenarios in a close to realistic environment. Due to the virtual nature of the system, the simulator will be accessible from any country at any given time. To improve the training results, so called “Intervention Agents” will follow the practice sessions online and give real-time feedback to trainees.
LAW-TRAIN website: http://www.law-train.eu
DARWIN is an EU funded research project under the Horizon 2020 research programme. The project is focussed on improving responses to expected and unexpected crises affecting critical societal structures during natural disasters (e.g. flooding, earthquakes) and man-made disasters (e.g. terrorism, cyber-attacks). To achieve this, DARWIN will develop European resilience management guidelines aimed at critical infrastructure managers, crisis and emergency response managers, service providers, first responders and policy makers. Infrastructure operators will have up-to-date and effective guidelines at their disposal to facilitate faster, more effective and highly adaptive responses to crises. This will have a direct impact on the safety of European citizens in times of crisis and disaster into the future. The DARWIN resilience guidelines will also be of significant benefit for governments of EU member states.
The project will establish a Community of Crisis and Resilience Practitioners (CoCRP) which service as forum to encourage information sharing amongst infrastructure operators, policy makers and other stakeholders. This group of experts in crisis and emergency response will play a central role in helping to shape the emergence of the DARWIN guidelines for real time crisis response. For further information on the CoCRP, email email@example.com.