The INGENIOUS state-of-the-art technologies are being presented in the dedicated to the Natural Hazards session of the DG HOME “Community of Users – DRS Workshop” which is held virtually on 14-17 September 2020. INGENIOUS will most notably deliver the innovative Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT), which integrates robotic, IoT and Augmented Reality technologies, for both the First Responder himself and the accompanying K9 Units. The advanced tools and services which will be integrated into the first responder’s uniform, boots and helmet will enhance his operational capacity, while allowing the immediate assessment of the level of danger at the emergency scene.
Improving the safety and efficiency of First Responders: The benefits of the INGENIOUS high-end technologies from SBFF’s point of view
SBFF is one of the three largest fire and rescue brigades in Sweden. We cover 10 municipalities with 650.000 inhabitants in the southern parts of Stockholm County. With roughly 500 staff members, we have a large capacity, ranging from volunteer stations to specialized National Search and Rescue Units.
INGENIOUS New Technologies focus on First Responder’s capability enhancement and needs: The example of HRTA partner’s real-world operations
Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica or HRTA is a union of citizens and a community center, consisted entirely of volunteers that wish to offer their time, expertise, knowledge and personal effort in assisting fellow citizens in case of an emergency. It is an independent, non-profit organization that operates mostly on Search & Rescue (SAR) operations in three main fields: Wilderness (mountains, forests, non-urban areas), Water (open sea, coastline, rivers, lakes, floods) and Urban (earthquakes, floods, tsunamis). For each field of operations there is a corresponding element of highly trained individuals, ranging from level-1 support members to level-4 fully operational members, all acting as a team and tailored to each specific mission at hand.
The INGENIOUS Project inaugurated on 18-20 of September through the Kick of Meeting of its consortium on the beautifull Porto Heli in Greece. Partners stated the importance of involving FRs as much as possible, while numerous issues were identified and adressed early. A highlight of the event was the participation of 5 similar projects through the presence of their coordinators. All stated the importance of synergies and collaboration among similar project.