Final European Crisis Communications Project Demos Set for Late November
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | Comments

Later this month, a crisis management demonstration staged by the DRIVER+ project will be held in Poland, with additional remote input and participation from the Netherlands. This final demonstration event represents the culmination of several years of trials and best practice development by different members of the pan-European EU-funded project.

The Space Research Centre (SRC) of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the main organizer and the leader of the preparation process of the final demonstration. The final demonstration will take place in three different locations at the same time: the SRC and the Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw, and the Safety Region Haaglanden in The Hague, the Netherlands.

DRIVER+ is a pan-European project designed to build Europe’s resilience to climate-related crisis situations, such as wildfires and flooding, as well as other threats such as earthquakes and terrorism.

Marcel van Berlo, the DRIVER+ project’s technical coordinator, said the final demonstrations have two key objectives. The first is to be the most mature of the project trial series because it will be based on the final version of the project’s trial guidance methodology and the testbed technical infrastructure, two of the project’s key outputs. The final demo will address the needs of the main end user — the European Union’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC).

The ERCC is the heart of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, coordinating the delivery of assistance to disaster-stricken countries.

The second key objective is to demonstrate the outcomes of the project and to sustain its results. Outcomes that will be demonstrated include the trial guidance methodology and the test bed technical infrastructure, plus other key project outputs such as the portfolio of solutions, and it will reinforce the launch of the new Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE).

This closed event for high-level crisis management practitioners is intended to promote the idea of trialing and centers of expertise, another key project output. SRC is involved in a number of activities, especially in cooperation with the Central European Drone Demonstrator in Poland aimed at testing, assessing and developing best practices for the use of aerial drones for crisis management, rescue operations and public safety. SRC also intends to support development, testing and assessment of arrangements for air space (air traffic) management enabling the use of drones for crisis-related operations.

SRC may also act as a center of expertise for testing new geographic information system (GIS) products and services, based on satellite imagery especially from Copernicus, along with images and videos from drones.

The project partners and associated specialists and solution providers will outline the DRIVER+ project and final demonstration findings through a final conference in Brussels 19 – 20 February and support broader dissemination of the results.

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