The Ethical and Privacy Impact Assessment Plus (EPIA+) is a systematic approach to mapping information flows, identifying and assessing challenges and opportunities, and providing a set of recommendations for project partners to consider during the design, development and deployment of a system.
One of the main items that support the INGENIOUS Smart First Responder concept is the Intelligent Uniform device which is currently under development by TEKNIKER partner.
A novel testing, training and experimentation programme of 24 laboratory testing sessions, 24 field tests and 2 large scale field validation activities 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 M26 and M35 of the project.
Our partners in I.S.A.R. Germany are currently supporting the joint RKI/EMT/GOARN mission deployed by the Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) to bolster the effort of the Republic of Kosovo to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. The 2-week mission is organized by the RKI in close co-operation with WHO and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and will end on the 3rd of October.
One of the main INGENIOUS objectives is to enhance data collection and processing during an emergency operation and to enhance information dissemination to FRs at all levels of command. In this context INGENIOUS partners are working on the:
The design and prototyping of several smart flying and ground devices have been performed in the first year of Ingenious. One of the INGENIOUS main aims is to provide first responders with new instruments to enable improved scene perception, indoor/outdoor mapping, accurate self-localization in indoor environments, as well as data communication with other devices. For this purpose INGENIOUS partners from SINTEF, FOI and DLR are developing three drones (MIN, MAX and MACS) and a self-localization tool (IPS). All these devices are connected with the field communication system.
The “smart” first responders concept is one of the key pillars of the INGENIOUS technical offering as part of its cost-effective, modular, and highly reliable Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) for collaborative response, at the service of the first responders, enhancing their protection and augmenting their operational capacities.
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.