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ADAPTED SITUATION AWARENESS TOOLS AND TAILORED TRAINING SCENARIOS FOR INCREASING CAPABILITIES AND ENHANCING THE PROTECTION OF FIRST RESPONDERS

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ASSISTANCE (ADAPTED SITUATION AWARENESS TOOLS AND TAILORED TRAINING SCENARIOS FOR INCREASING CAPABILITIES AND ENHANCING THE PROTECTION OF FIRST RESPONDERS)

Reporting period: 2019-05-01 to 2021-01-31

The problem is that, currently in the majority of the cases, European FRs organizations do not count on the necessary innovations already available in the market, novel devices, advanced training approaches and so on. The consequences of this fact are completely disastrous, with hundreds of FRs dead or severely injured all over Europe, large number of potentially avoidable victims, and a growing insecurity and vulnerability feeling among the EU society when it faces severe disasters.

There are many examples all over Europe as the stated above, in which if the FRs had had more technological means probably they had saved their lives or the lives of innocent citizens. For these reasons it is important to provide the FRs with the more innovative and useful SA capabilities that can help to protect them or increase their capabilities for protecting citizens in a more effective manner.

The outcomes of the ASSISTANCE will benefit all sectors of society aiming to improve the security and the resilience of the different first responders’ organizations against new threats and large disasters. ASSISTANCE will increase the global security and safety level for the FRs but also for the population living affected by large disasters, since the more prepared and secure the FRs teams are the quicker resolution of the incident will be.

The main ASSISTANCE objective is twofold, on the one hand the project will protect and help the different FRs organizations that work together during the mitigation of large disasters (Natural or Man-made) and on the other hand ASSISTANCE will improve the FRs capabilities and skills for facing these kind of events. This will be achieved by accomplishing the following operational objectives:

O1. To pay attention to the FRs expressed needs and preference during the proposal preparation phase in terms of useful information for increasing their capabilities and new sensors being mounted on unmanned platforms or integrated in their wearable equipment.


O2. To develop a novel SA platform, including the integration of UAV, Robots and drones’ swarms and innovative modules that will enhance the FRs SA.


O3. To establish the core of an advanced training network based on virtual reality and/or augmented reality, which includes recognized FRs training institutions that form part of ASSISTANCE consortium along with a set of training curricula tailored to the needs of the different types of first responders. in order to improve they current capabilities.


O4. To provide robust network infrastructure for ensuring FRs and unmanned platforms connectivity during the mitigation operations.


O5. To validate the project results in a cost effective way under real conditions in a controlled environment through 3 pilots demonstrations which will involve FRs from different organizations


O6. To measure the societal impact of the project and assure compliance with legal, gender and ethical EU principles and requirements.
During the first reporting period the following developments and milestones have been achieved successfully:

User requirements: The complete set of user requirements was completed, assessed and prioritize. Milestone 1 of the project.
System architecture: The ASSISTANCE system architecture was designed and implemented. The architecture described in detail all data exchanges among the different ASSISTANCE modules.
See it in figure 1. Milestone 2 of the project.
Sensors Abstraction Service (SAS): All logical interfaces needed for the information exchange stated in the project architecture were designed and implemented. This middelware was created for ensuring the correct information exchange through the Sensors Abstraction Service (SAS). Milestone 3 of the project
Unmanned platforms and control devices integrated: The main mobile platforms for being used during the Project pilots were selected along with the type of sensors that each platform would have integrated. Milestone 4 of the project. The mobile platforms and the sensors selected can be seen in figure 2 to figure 8.
ASSISTANCE communication network ready: The necessary communication network for providing connectivity to the FRs in the more hostile environment was designed and implemented also during the first reproting period. Milestone 5 of the project. Some related images can be seen in figure 10 to 12
Situation Awareness Platform (SAP): The SAP was completely adapted and improved during the reproting period. All ASSISTANCE modules, mobile platforms and sensors were integrated and visualized sucessfully in the SAP for increasing the FRs situation awareness. Some related images can be seen in figure 13 to 16.
Wearable sensors integration and visualization: The wearable sensors that will be used by the FRs during the pilots (e.g. GPS, vital signs and video cameras) were also selected and integrated in the SAP. Some related images can be seen in figures 17 and 18
CBRN Hazard Tool (CHT): This module was completely developed and integrated in the SAP during the reporting period. One related image can be seen in figure 19.
Chemical sensors integration and visualization: The visualization of the measurements taken by the chemical sensors mounted in the drones has been developved according the FRs advice and requirements. One related image is figure 21
Damaged Assets Location & Routing (DAL&R): This module was completely developed and integrated in the SAP during the reporting period. One image of this module can be seen in figure 22
Mobile SA platform: The mobile version of the SAP has been also developed and tested.
Advanced Video Fusion Module: This module was completely developed and integrated in the SAP during the reporting period. One image of this module can be seen in figure 24
ASSISTANCE training methodology and the training curricula have been produced during the reporting period. Based on the methodology and the curricula description the training contents for the theoretical training including the VR platforms and scenarios descriptions were stated and published in the project Moodle server. FRs selected teams are currently performed this training.

This brief summary of the work performed during the first reproting period is described in detail the the Technical Reprot (Part B)
The manin ASSISTANCE innovations beyond the state of the art are as follows:
Advanced Video Fusion module
Hostile drone neutralization
Provide network coverage through the use of swarms of drones
CBRD hazard evolution
Real time damaged assets location and visualization including intelligent routing
Creation of a dedicated training network for FRs based on virtual, mixed and augmented reality

The major impact of ASSISTANCE will be to help and protect different FRs organizations and training them in order to increase their capabilities and efficiency for facing large disasters (natural or man-made) in a more secure manner.
An important impact on FRs team is the increase of the quality of working conditions and their safety at work. Thanks to ASSISTANCE objectives 2 and 3 the protection measures for FRs and the working conditions will be safer and the probabilities of incidents will be lower.
ASSISTANCE will increase the global security and safety level for the FRs but also for the population affected by large disasters, since the more prepared and secure the FRs teams are the quicker resolution of the incident will be.
Cutter extinguisher integrated in PIAP Gryf robot
Trellis terminal integrated in the Communication Hub
Robot integrated in the SAP
Video fusion module visualization in the SAP HMI
Drone selected for the second project pilot
Details of the KaLMA antenna mounted on the roof of the Communication Hub
Drone selected for the first project pilot
Visualization of a video from a drone in real time in the SAP HMI
Gas measurements visualized in the SAP HMI
Detail of the gas sensor integrated in the Matrice 210 drone
Drone selected for the third project pilot
Evolution of a toxic plume visualized in the SAP HMI
ASSISTANCE Communication Hub vehicle
Secure routes avoiding contaminated areas displayed in the SAP HMI
ASSISTANCE system architecture schema