USeEO – Custom EO Tools for Resilience Management in Poland
This project aims to develop and validate a set of customized Earth Observation (EO) derived information products to support the different stakeholders working in the resilience sector in Poland and verify the utility and benefits resulting from the use of these products.
The consulted end-users have identified the following areas of interest to be addressed within this project:
- detection of damages in the area of crisis situation,
- monitoring of land cover changes in risk areas,
- detection of areas prone to local flooding from underground waters,
- monitoring of ice cover on rivers using VHR data,
- monitoring of water bodies extend using VHR data,
- monitoring of land subsidence,
- integration of the various information layers into an integrated assessment capability for
- resilience management.
For each of the above mentioned use cases, the project consortium will provide a set of customised products and digital service based on EO data, which will be exploited and examined by the first responders.
Through the close collaboration with the end users, constructive feedback on the practical utility of the listed products in the emergency situations and decision making processes will be gathered and transformed into helpful information to further support the users’ actions and decision making process and provide guidelines for the possible next steps to support practical implementation of EO solutions in the end-users' everyday work.
Apart from developing and validating a pre-defined set of EO products and IT solutions, the project results will contribute to:
- prove the utility of EO data gathered within EU Copernicus Program,
- develop cooperation framework between technology providers and end-users in the crisis management domain,
- demonstrate that the access to EO data can be easy and intuitive for crisis responders,
- develop the EO based products and services adjusted to the user needs, which can be easily integrated with other tools and integrated with an existing management systems,
- develop Roadmap for future improvements and more advanced EO data implementation,
- demonstrate the possibilities to extend developed EO-based solutions to other regions and countries.
The UseEO projekt is carried out under the Polish Industry Incentive Scheme within ESA. The consortium is led by Astri Polska, with CBK PAN, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography and Satim Ltd. as partners.
Duration: 12 May 2021 - 11 May 2023
ARTION - Disaster Management Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Network
The main goal of the project is to establish the Disaster Management Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Network (ARTION), with the vision to become a world-class network for knowledge sharing in the area of utilisation of artificial intelligence in disaster management. The network will guide the development and use of AI tools by first responders across Europe.
The planned project outputs are:
- Research and development activities focused on innovative AI technologies for disaster management,
- Quantifiable Field Exercises for collection of data and algorithms’ evaluation,
- Training and networking for sharing knowledge, exchanging experience and establishing new partnerships,
- Open Knowledge portal to promote AI for disaster management and engage the scientific and expert community.
By achieving these specific objectives ARTION aims to bridge the gap between AI scientists and disaster management experts, build capacity and competency of first responders in the use of AI technology, share knowledge and data, and stimulate further AI research towards application-specific challenges faced throughout the disaster management cycle.
ARTION project will be carried out by an international consortium coordinated by KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence from Cyprus, with Hanken Cyprus Civil Defence (Cyprus), University of Lille (France), Crisis Information Centre (Poland) and Italian Civil Protection RAS (Italy) as partners.
Duration: 18 months.
HERoS - Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems
The overall objective of HERoS is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak. HERoS creates and provides policies and guidelines for improved crisis governance, focusing on responders to public health emergencies, and their needs to make informed decisions. HERoS further improves the predictions of the spread by understanding and modelling the impact of local behaviour on the spread of the disease. Furthermore, HERoS improves the management of medical supply chains for preparedness and response, as well as evaluates the impact of cascading effects across global supply chains.
CIK CBK PAN will be responsible for geoinformation and visualization of data and models. Key partners are Hanken School of Econimics (HUMLOG Institute), TU Delft, VU Amsterdam, The Open University, NHG Consulting Oy, CBK, Squadron, Polish Center for International Aid, Arttic, Italian Red Cross, Project HOPE.
Duration: April 2020 – April 2023
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101003606.
ProSPeReS - Protection System for large gatherings of People in Religious Sites
ProSPeReS project focuses on protecting religious sites from terrorist attacks. It was selected by the European Commission for funding from the Internal Security Fund – Police for the years 2014-2020 (ISFP). It is a special fund, which aims to implement the internal security strategy, cooperation in the enforcement of law and management of the external borders of the European Union.
Religious sites are considered to be especially vulnerable to attacks due to their accessibility and the fact that there are usually limited security measures applied. In recent years, religious sites of different faiths were targeted by extremists. The feedback collected from religious institutions and authorities suggests that there is a growing concern about the security issues and a balance should be kept between security and preservation of the open nature of religious sites.
Thus, the project is aimed at increasing the level of protection in places of worship by forming an outstanding cooperation of scientists, security experts and practitioners, public services and religious institutions (representing Catholic Church, Greek Orthodox Church and Jewish Community) towards preparing a comprehensive protection system. The system will cover measures for increasing prevention, protection, deterring and responding to various types of terrorist threats and incidents that may occur in religious places, including attacks with CBRN agents. The measures will be comprised of a set of tailormade templates, tools, procedures, equipment, improvements in infrastructure according to “security in design” and protocols of cooperation with public services.
The implementation of the system will be enhanced by preparing and initiating modular training including eLearning with VR, applicable in various types of education in religious structures; conducting large-scale exercises; and conducting EU-wide awareness-raising campaign aiming at faith-based leaders, worshipers and public in general. The significant impact of the project at a European level appears achievable due to the fact of consulting the project idea with influential religious organizations and involving them in the consortium as well as receiving very positive feedback from international religious structures, that confirmed the relevance of the project assumptions and willingness to support the introduction of the system in all EU MS.
The approach of the project is to prepare a relevant, well-addressed and validated protection system and assure its EU-wide benefit to the protection of religious sites by cooperation among key stakeholders.
Therefore, the consortium is comprised of a large number of organizations (18) from 6 countries (Poland, Greece, Slovakia, Cyprus, Finland, the Netherlands), representing science and expert institutions, public services such as police, fire-fighters, crisis management, and last but not least the end-users - religious institutions and religious sites operators. The project is coordinated by the University of Łodz.
Duration: June 2020 - May 2023
Grant Agreement 101034230 — ProSPeReS — ISFP-2020-AG-PROTECT