INGENIOUS has defined a set of ambitious objectives with main aim to develop a series of intelligent, integrated, interconnected and seamless tools & services that add layers of protection against the dangers of their working environment and augment their situational awareness rather than distracting them from their mission.
A novel testing, training and experimentation programme of 27 Laboratory Integration and Testing sessions (LITs), 18 Small Scale Field Tests (SSTs) and 2 Full Scale Field Validation Exercises (FSXs) will be realised within the lifecycle of the project. Technical partners and end users will follow closely the laboratory testing activities, realise field tests of the initial versions of functional prototypes towards benchmarking and ultimately operate the Toolkit as a whole in two large field validation activities to be held in M34 and M41 of the project.
Laboratory Integration and Testing #2 and #11 (LIT#2 and LIT#11) have been conducted remotely in November 2020 and May 2021, respectively, at Alpes Lasers (Switzerland) and Technische Universität Wien, TUW (Austria) premises with the purpose to show the progress made regarding the development of a fully fiber coupled gas sensor based on the concept of interferometric cavity-assisted photothermal spectroscopy (ICAPS). The mid-IR quantum cascade laser (QCL) developed by Alpes Lasers is an important component of the gas sensor to be developed by TUW.
Laboratory Integration and Testing of the INGENIOUS Helmet and Augmented Reality Services (LIT#1 & LIT#10)
The purpose of the Laboratory Integration and Testing #1 (LIT#1) was for the end users to test available functionalities of the INGENIOUS Augmented Reality Services. Due to the COVID-19 situation, a virtual meeting was set-up in October 2020 and remote demonstrations were performed with the device screen being shared and pre-recoded videos being played showing the available features in use. During this LIT, our partners from CS-GROUP introduced the Augmented Reality (AR) to the end users and what an AR application is. They presented, then, the selected AR devices (ORA-2 and HoloLens 2), the capabilities offered by each, and the considered roadmap for the release of the features. The demonstrations highlighted the key features relevant for the First Responder (FR) uses cases:
Laboratory Integration and Testing of the Intelligent Uniform device and Smart Boots for the Smart First Responder concept (LIT#3 & LIT#12)
One of the main items that support the INGENIOUS Smart First Responder concept is the Intelligent Uniform device that is currently under development by TEKNIKER partner.
LIT#4 for testing the INGENIOUS K9 Vest was conducted on September 8, 2020, and was organised by ICCS in the framework of the first round of Laboratory Integration Tests (LITs). This LIT took place virtually, like all the rest of the same round lab tests, due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions in force in September 2020.
Laboratory Integration and Testing of the Field Communication, MAX, Swarm of MIN, Deployable IPS & Large scale mapping components & services of INGENIOUS (LIT#5 & LIT#14)
The Laboratory Integration Tests (LIT) are activities that shall help interaction among technical and non-technical partners to support the development of the various components.
LIT#6 Victim triaging took place virtually on September 28, 2020, and was organised by ICCS in the framework of the first round of Laboratory Integration Tests (LITs) of the INGENIOUS project. The LIT#6 was conducted virtually, like all the rest of the same round lab tests, due to travel restrictions were in place during September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Laboratory Integration and Testing of Fusion Engine & Expert Reasoning and Worksite Operations App (LIT#7 & LIT#16)
LIT#7 took place on October 1, 2020, during which the Multi-source Information Fusion Engine and Expert Reasoning and Data Exploitation (responsible partners: CERTH, CS, EXUS) components of INGENIOUS were tested. The specific use cases that were demonstrated were:
The first and second rounds of the Laboratory and Integration Tests (LITs) of the Social Media Application, which is being developed by our partners from CERTH, took place on the 30th of October 2020 and the 28th of May 2021. Both of them consisted of three parts. First, the presentation of the Social Media Application framework (Figure 1) and the progress on its development. Secondly, a live demonstration and, finally, an open discussion, where the attendees could ask for clarifications or leave some comments.
Laboratory Integration and Testing of INGENIOUS COP/C3 Platform and Multilingual Service (LIT#9 & LIT#18)
The INGENIOUS development process has deployed an agile and participatory process that brings First Responders (FRs) as equals in the implementation process throughout the entirety of the project. Co-design, early testing and validation of the project will ensure that INGENIOUS will deliver robust and effective tools to the first responders with minimum effort and resources.
The 3rd round of Integration and Testing Laboratories (LITs) of the INGENIOUS project has been successfully carried out.The LIT#23 was held with physical participation during 28-30 March 2022 and the other LITs (#19-22, #24-27) remotely from April 5 to 7, 2022. This is the last round planned in the INGENIOUS project that contemplates incremental and iterative integrations from the Laboratory Integrated Tests (LITs), Small Scale Tests (SSTs) and Full Scale Exercises (FSXs). On this occasion, unlike the previous ones, the scope has been extended beyond the laboratory and focused on the connection of specific tools, but oriented towards the preparation for the 1st FSX given the level of development, interdependence, and integration between the components.
When an accident occurs, it is very important to gather information about the situation. The INGENIOUS Helmet is being developed by our partners from KIRO to facilitate the collection of field information to assist First Responders (FRs) in emergency situations.
When responding to mass casualty incidents all First Responders are faced with a number of competing challenges and responsibilities to take control of the situation and deal effectively and efficiently with the wounded and deceased.
Small Scale Tests of the INGENIOUS Fusion Engine, Expert Reasoning Engine, Worksite Operations App and Social Media App (SST#7 & SST#8)
On September 29th, 2021 a field testing activity for the INGENIOUS project took place at HRTA’s training facilities in Afidnes (ATC), Attica region of Greece. The INGENIOUS project is about ensuring a high level of protection and augmented operational capacity for First Responders (FR) working inside the disaster area.
Small Scale Tests of the INGENIOUS Helmet, Uniform, Boots, Augmented Reality Platform, Common Operational Platform and Multilingual Translation App (SST#1, SST#3 and SST#9)
From 11 to 15 October 2021, our SBFF partners hosted three Small Scale Tests (SSTs), SST#1, SST#3 and SST#9 of INGENIOUS, in collaboration with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) at their main training field in the south of Sweden.
Small Scale Tests of the INGENIOUS K9 Vest, MAX, MINs, IPS, MACS-SaR, Field Communication components (SST#4 & SST#5)
Europe remains vulnerable to a wide range of natural and man-made hazards (such as floods, earthquakes, industrial accidents, loss of critical infrastructure, etc.), which have a huge impact on human lives and economic losses.
The 2nd round of INGENIOUS Small Scale Tests in Bilbao – Little monkey Malpi’s adventures with the INGENIOUS partners continue!
Once again the little monkey Malpi was contracted to write a blog post for the INGENIOUS project! This time Lilou, Malpi’s owner, said that Mapli wants to travel to Spain. So she flew via Munich to Bilbao and a new adventure with the INGENIOUS partners began…
The Augmented Reality Response Platform (ARRP) was tested and validated by the INGENIOUS partners during the Small-Scale Test #10 (SST#10) which took place from the 27th to the 29th of September 2022, in Bilbao, Spain.
From the 26th to the 30th of September 2022, the Small Scale Test #12 (SST#12) of the INGENIOUS project took place at ERTZAINTZA’s training facilities in Brigada movil, Bilbao, Spain. INGENIOUS is about ensuring a high level of protection and augmented operational capacity for First Responders (FRs) working inside the disaster area.
Small Scale Test of the INGENIOUS Fusion Engine & Expert Reasoning, Worksite Operations App (SST#16)
The Small Scale Test #16 (SST#16) of the INGENIOUS project took place on 26-28 September 2022 at Ertzaintza facilities in Iurreta, Bilbao, Spain. The goal was to test and validate the INGENIOUS Fusion engine – FE (EXUS) & Expert Reasoning (CERTH) and Worksite Operation App (EXUS). During the SST a use case simulating a response to a single site after a terror attack in public space was used to design a sequence of steps in order to approximate realistic scenarios as the ones that were played out during the final Full Scale eXercise (2nd FSX).
The Small Scale Test #17 (SST#17) of the INGENIOUS project was dedicated to the Social Media Application (SMA) testing and validation and took place on 28-29 September 2022 at Ertzaintza facilities in Iurreta, Bilbao, Spain.
Small Scale Test of the INGENIOUS Common Operational Picture and Multilingual Operations App (SST#18)
In events of disaster, a clear understanding of the situation by the First Responders (FRs) is critical for good decision making. However, during these very dynamic situations, the enormous amount of information can become a handicap and restrain effective decisions. INGENIOUS is following a unified approach, where information collected from the different INGENIOUS Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) modules is shared with FRs on a “need to know basis”. Through the Enhanced Common Operational Picture ECOP (Satways) module, FRs are receiving the right information at the right time, enabling them to take the right actions at critical moments.
The importance of early warning of the presence of hazardous gases is of paramount importance for the safety of First Responders (FRs) and their operations. The gas sensor (Alpes Lasers & TUW) to be demonstrated within the INGENIOUS project needs to warn users in a simple and efficient manner. The sensor tested is truly portable and lightweight (less than 0.5 kg) and easy to use as its interface includes only a power button and an LED indicator. The system transmits the measured values of the two targeted gasses to the INGENIOUS platform enabling the users to be notified where exposure to hazardous conditions.
The Small Scale Test #13 (SST #13) of the INGENIOUS project tested and evaluated the INGENIOUS K9 vest (ICCS) during the search of victims in damaged buildings which are too dangerous for entering for the first responders.
The Small Scale Test #15 (SST#15) in Bilbao was the opportunity to test, for the first time, the triage systems (ICCS) consisting of the tag, the mobile application and the web platform.
Small Scale Test of the INGENIOUS Field Communication, MAX, Swarm of MINs, Deployable IPS & Large scale mapping (SST#14)
From 28th to 30th of September 2022 the Small Scale Test #14 (SST#14) which took place at ERTZAINTZA’s training facilities in Brigada movil, Bilbao, Spain, focused on testing and validation of the INGENIOUS Smart Devices in the air and on the ground.
Let us tell you the story of “Malpi” and her adventures in France with the INGENIOUS project…
The 1st Full Scale Exercise (FSX) of the INGENIOUS project was hosted by our partner APHP-SAMU in Villejust near Paris, France, on May 25, 2022. The APHP-SAMU team supported the exercise sessions with their first response teams and standard equipment they are using.
The 2nd Full Scale eXercise (2nd FSX) of the INGENIOUS project took place from the 7th to the 10th of November 2022, at ERTZAINTZA’s training facilities in Brigada Movil, Bilbao, Spain with the aim to present the final prototype of the INGENIOUS Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) for the First Responder of the Future. The INGENIOUS NGIT is a novel toolkit of technologies that ensures a high level of protection and augmented operational capacity for First Responders (FRs) during a natural or man-made disaster.