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Integrated system for real-time TRACKing and collective intelligence in civilian humanitarian missions

Objective

The enduring humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, the unrelenting high levels of violence in Afghanistan and new outbursts of violence in South-Sudan have made 2014 another record-breaking year for acts of violence against humanitarian aid workers. In 2000 41 significant attacks on aid workers were recorded across the globe. By 2014, that number had risen to 190. In this 15-year period, over 3,000 aid workers have been killed, injured or kidnapped. Despite the increasing availability of tracking and monitoring technologies, the number of humanitarian workers that fall victim to attacks continues to rise. Clearly, a novel and innovative approach to tracking and decision-making is needed.
Information systems for fleet management, GPS for navigation and location or RFID tags for inventory management are just a few of the technologies that have changed the humanitarian operations. Until now, however, there is no integrated decision support system that provides real-time analyses from the data streams that are generated by these technologies. This lack of integrated real-time information prevents an understanding of potentially threatening situations, increases response times and creates insecure communications, all leading to inadequate protection and hampered efficiency and effectiveness.
The aim of better protection and more efficient and effective operations can only be achieved by devel-oping technologies along with the policies for their use. GPS, for example, notwithstanding its capability to provide live tracking of vehicles for recovery, cannot prevent an ambush or kidnapping. Technologies therefore need to go hand in hand with procedures and policies in order to provide useful early warnings to decision-makers on the ground as well as decision support for scheduling, navigation, risk management and coordination. Policies, in other words, provide for the essential guidance on how to use the technologies in the field. This project will develop human-centred technologies that take into ac-count actual real-world practices of humanitarian aid workers, and provide policies for better protection and a more effective and efficient response.
Based on principles of Privacy by Design, this project will build the iTRACK system, an integrated intelli-gent real-time tracking and threat identification system to improve protection of responders and assets, and provide information management and logistics services such as real-time information updates and analyses as well as navigation, routing and scheduling. iTRACK will achieve this through an interdiscipli-nary, socio-technical approach, which will draw on the latest advances in sensor development, GIS, secu-rity & privacy, artificial intelligence, information management, risk analysis, and humanitarian logistics.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/cartography/geographic information systems

Call for proposal

H2020-BES-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I AGDER
Address
Universitetsveien 25
4604 Kristiansand
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 693 381,25

Participants (12)

TRILATERAL RESEARCH LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 334 125
Address
One Knightsbridge Green Office 5.12, 5Th Floor
SW1X 7QA London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TREELOGIC TELEMATICA Y LOGICA RACIONAL PARA LA EMPRESA EUROPEA SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 301 979,70
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Asturias
33428 Llanera Asturias
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KNOWLEDGE NOW LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 188 775
Address
Lydgate House Lydgate Lane
S10 5FH Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Teleplan Globe AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 294 625
Address
Fornebuveien 31
NO-1324 Lysaker
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SVENSKA HANDELSHOGSKOLAN
Finland
EU contribution
€ 305 028,63
Address
Arkadiankatu 22
00100 Helsinki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 405 750
Address
Rue Nicolas Bove 2B
1253 Luxembourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 284 250
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5838 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 385 437,50
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 504 322,50
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME
Italy
EU contribution
€ 191 718,75
Address
Via C.g. Viola 68
00148 Rome
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND MINE ACTION PROGRAMS INC
United States
EU contribution
€ 56 518,75
Address
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Nw Suite 470
20004 Washington
Activity type
Research Organisations
TREE TECHNOLOGY SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 53 301,67
Address
De La Pomarada 76
33429 Siero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)