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System and Actions for VEhicles and transportation hubs to support Disaster Mitigation and Evacuation

Objective

SAVE ME aims to develop a system that detects natural (i.e. earthquake, fire,…) and man-made (i.e. terrorist attacks) disaster events in public transport terminals / vehicles and critical infrastructures (i.e. tunnels, and bridges) and that supports quick and optimal mass evacuation guidance, to save the lives of the general public and the rescuers, giving particular emphasis to the most vulnerable travellers (i.e. children, elderly and disabled). To achieve this, it develops a common ontological framework for hazard recognition, classification and mitigation, innovative algorithms on human behaviour under stress, panic and strong emotions, standardised interface elements for intuitive human guidance, a holistic disaster mitigation strategy and intelligent agents algorithms for guidance personalisation. It employs a Wireless Sensor Network for emergency detection, environmental awareness and travellers’ position and movements monitoring, as well as a fault tolerant communication network infrastructure. It integrates simulator model data with real time data from these sensors, to reach enhanced crowd behaviour models and uses them in a Decision Support System, to supervise the overall disaster mitigation operation. Thus, it supports the infrastructure operator, guides the rescue team through PDA and the trapped travellers by environmental displays and audio systems, as well as personalised guidance in their mobile phone to the nearest safe and free exit, taking into account their profile (i.e. disability, agility, language, etc.). It also develops appropriate training curricula, content and tools for operators, rescuers and the general public; guidelines to the infrastructure / vehicle operators and designers and standardisation proposals to the policy makers. All project developments are thoroughly and iteratively tested and optimised by lab tests as well as two in pilot sites, at a metro station in Newcastle (UK) and the Gotthard tunnel (Switzerland).
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Address

Kings Gate
Ne1 7ru Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 527 986,58

Administrative Contact

Deborah Grieves (Ms.)

Participants (10)

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ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 684 375,50

SIMUDYNE SARL

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 266 050

MINISTERO DELL'INTERNO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 116 190

INTELLIGENCE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY SRL IES SOLUTIONS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 253 740

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 202 075

UNIVERSITAT BASEL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 110 588,41

BAUDIREKTION URI

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 10 772,50

SWARCO MIZAR SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 264 502,01

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 254 060

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 224 194

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 234027

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    30 September 2012

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 905 730,38

  • EU contribution

    € 2 914 534

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom