Related Projects


Aftermath Crisis Management System-of-systems Demonstration Phase I

ACRIMAS an EU-FP7 security research project lasted from 1st February 2011 until End of April 2012 and was a 15-months Support Action with 15 partners from 10 European countries, which developed a roadmap for an upcoming Demonstration Project (in Phase II) within Crisis Management (CM). This roadmap elaborated a systematic development process for CM systems, procedures and technologies in Europe, to be implemented within the demonstration project.


A complete and effective early warning system is people-centred and comprises four inter-related elements: (i) risk knowledge, (ii) monitoring and warning service, (iii) dissemination and communication and (iv) response capability. In this context, the Alert4All project focuses on the third element, dissemination and communication, and aims at improving the effectiveness of alert and communication to the population in crisis with focus on a pan-European perspective.


The Athena Project is an innovative EU funded project pioneering smarter communications for critical incidents.

The Athena Project aims to develop technical applications or ‘apps’ for smart phones and mobile digital media devices, which will capture real-time information from the public during crisis situations. It is co-ordinated by West Yorkshire Police and will be delivered by a consortium of international partners.


The BESECURE project aims to support local policymakers in the creation, enhancement and implementation of security policies in urban zones. Urban security is a critical subject within the EU, but dealt with in widely different manners.


The aim of the project is to improve our understanding of the cascading effects in crisis situations to reduce the consequences of escalating incidents in complex environments. In order to do so the CascEff project will identify initiators, dependencies and key decision points. These will be used to develop an Incident Evolution Tool which will enable improved decision support in escalating incidents, contributing to the reduction of collateral damages and other unfortunate consequences associated with large crises.


CBRN Crisis Management Architecture, Technologies and Operational procedures


COmmunity-BAsed COmprehensive REcovery.

COBACORE is a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission involving Dutch, UK, German, Irish, Spanish and Slovakian partners. COBACORE seeks to close the collaboration gaps between stakeholders involved in post-crisis recovery. COBACORE also aims to improve the matching of needs with capacities, through building upon the community as an important source of information and capabilities.


The project will attempt to bring together disaster taxonomies, preparedness methodologies, intelligence and analysis tools, response scenarios, logistic models and training methodologies, in a comprehensive framework addressing the most effective role of healthcare systems in mass disaster emergency events. The project includes detailed descriptions (schemas) for each process participant (stakeholder) and an integrated scheme for mutual process management.

COncORDE’s objectives are:


Contribution of Social Media in Crisis Management

COSMIC will deliver a set of instructions, recommendations and best practices related to the exploitation of social media in emergency situations. This will be done by addressing and analysing the roles of major stakeholders associated with crisis management and by reviewing their communication needs, infrastructure bottlenecks and security priorities during disasters.


Critical Incident Management System Using an Interactive Simulated Environment


CRISMA - Modelling crisis management for improved action and preparedness
CRISMA Integration Project focuses on large scale crisis scenarios with immediate and extended human, societal, structural and economic, often irreversible, consequences and impacts. Typically, these crisis scenarios cannot be managed alone with regular emergency and first responder resources, but require multi-organisational and multi-national cooperation including humanitarian aid.


DARWIN is an EU funded research project focussed on improving responses to expected and unexpected crises affecting critical societal structures during natural disasters (e.g. flooding, earthquakes) and man-made disasters (e.g terrorism, cyber-attacks). To achieve this, DARWIN will develop European resilience management guidelines aimed at critical infrastructure managers, crisis and emergency response managers, service providers, first responders and policy makers. Infrastructure operators will have up-to-date and effective guidelines at their disposal to facilitate faster, more effective and highly adaptive responses to crises. This will have a direct impact on the safety of European citizens in times of crisis and disaster into the future. The DARWIN resilience guidelines will also be of significant benefit for governments of EU member states.


DESTRIERO aims at developing a next generation post-crisis needs assessment tool for reconstruction and recovery planning, including structural damage assessment through advanced remote sensing enriched by in-field data collection by mobile devices (buildings, bridges, dams) and related data integration and analysis, based on international standards, novel (automated) data and information interoperability across organisations and systems, in combination with an advanced multi-criteria decision analysis tool and methodology for multi-stakeholder information analyses, priority setting, decision making and recovery planning.


The EDEN (End-User driven DEmo for cbrNe) project will cover the whole cycle of CBRNe (prevention, preparedness, response) aiming at developing and ensuring the resilience capacity of the EU society. All demonstration efforts will be aimed at both integrating and coordinating existing EU capacities and competences. A key project that will provide an EU-tailored solution able to improve the CBRNe-equipment resilience and allow enhanced interoperability between CBRNe operators.


Emergency Management in Social Media Generation

The overall objective of EmerGent is to understand the positive and negative impact of social media in emergencies in order to:

  • enhance the safety and security of citizens before, during and after emergencies,
  • strengthen the role of European companies supplying services and products related to EmerGent’s results.


Establish a Pan-European Information Space to Enhance seCurity of Citizens.


A holistic, scenario-independent, situation-awareness and guidance system for sustaining the Active Evacuation Route for large crowds


Given the increasing interdependencies between different infrastructural sectors and between different countries, FORTRESS aims to improve crisis management practices by identifying the diversity of cascading effects due to the multiple interrelations of systems and systems of systems, and by designing a tool that will assist in forecasting potential cascading effects. Here, crisis management refers to a process made of actions, decisions, communications which is launched and implemented when an organisation has to cope with a major event with consequences beyond itself.


FREESIC project creates a solution that will allow highly secure and cost effective interoperability between communication infrastructures over the entire Europe. The project has been inspired by legal, organizational and operational barriers the consortium has encountered during its previous activities. Major activity to provide interoperability for end users was undertaken in the previous FP7 research project Secricom. This consortium of 9 partners and 5 associated partners is well qualified to tackle challenges in FREESIC project.


A Holistic Approach to Resilience and SysteMatic ActiOns to Make Large Scale UrbaN Built Infrastructure SEcure.


HIT‑GATE project’s goal is to develop a solution to communications interoperability between First-Responder networks, including those involving more than one nation. It will be reached by developing a novel technological solution that will interconnect all the existing communication systems via a dedicated node and ensure interoperability of all the desired systems without modifications of the handset devices and major communications infrastructure.

Therefore the main goal of the project is to develop a generic gateway that allows communications across networks currently used by First Responders in Europe. It is well known that, all over Europe, current First Responder (FR) networks use a large number of different and incompatible technologies therefore compromising efficient coordination of combined operations (such as cross-border or crisis management). It is also known that European organizations dealing with public-safety have invested in dedicated critical systems (to ensure high-availability and reliability). This includes dedicated networks of, among others, PMR (Professional Mobile Radio) and, more specifically, TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) or TETRAPOL. Moreover, with the fast development of communications technologies, new capabilities and opportunities are being adopted and exploited by early-adopting First Responders, such as ad-hoc mesh broadband networks, able to provide and/or extend connectivity over affected areas (e.g., underground and destroyed area) and to deliver high data throughput (higher than 5 Mbps).


IDIRA - Interoperability of data and procedures in large-scale multinational disaster response actions

IDIRA is a research project funded by the European Commission for a duration of four years (2011-2015), gathering eighteen partners to focus on the interoperability of data and emergency procedures in response to large-scale disasters.


Improved First Responder Ensembles Against CBRN Terrorism


Innovative Method and Procedure to Assess Counter-violent-radicalisation Techniques in Europe


INACHUS aims to achieve a significant time reduction related to Urban Search and Rescue (USaR) phase by providing wide-area situation awareness solutions for improved detection and localisation of the trapped victims assisted by simulation tools for predicting structural failures and a holistic decision support mechanism incorporating operational procedures and resources of relevant actors.


Extreme, low probability, natural hazard events have threatened and damaged many different regions across Europe and worldwide. These events, whilst being extremely rare, can have a devastating impact on critical nfrastructure (CI) systems. The INFRARISK vision is to develop reliable stress tests to establish the resilience of European CI to rare low frequency extreme events and to aid decision making in the long term regarding robust infrastructure development and protection of existing infrastructure.


Resilience of Critical Infrastructure (CI) to Extreme Weather Events (EWE) is one of the most demanding challenges for both government and society. CI are especially sensitive to EWE. The economic and societal relevance of the dependability and resilience of CI is obvious: infrastructure malfunctioning and outages can have far reaching consequences and impacts. The increased frequency and intensity of EW can cause events such as flooding, drought, ice formation, wild fires etc. which present a range of complex challenges to the operational resilience of CI.


Online and Mobile Communications for Crisis Response and Search and Rescue

The iSAR+ Project aims to research and develop guidelines and an associated platform that, in emergencies or crises, enables citizens using new mobile and online technologies to actively participate in the response effort, through the bi-directional provision, dissemination, sharing and retrieval of information essential for critical Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) intervention, in search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement and medical assistance.


POP-ALERT is a 2-year project financed by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. It proposes to undertake thorough behavioural research and take traditional Crisis Management research a step further by carrying out a series of empirical studies, taking into account new issues related to targeting both local populations and visitors such as expats or tourists (cultural differences, language barriers, etc.), in order to create a framework to facilitate the assessment of the population’s capacity to absorb and preparedness to make use of different Crisis Management strategies and technologies developed at the EU level.


PREparing for the Domino effect in Crisis siTuations


Risk Analysis of Infrastructure Networks in Response to Extreme Weather (RAIN)

In recent years, a variety of extreme weather events, including droughts, rain induced landslides, river floods, winter storms, wildfire, and hurricanes, have threatened and damaged many different regions across Europe and worldwide. These events can have a devastating impact on critical infrastructure systems.


RE-ACTA Resilience Enhancement by Advanced Communication for Team Austria


Strategies and tools for Real Time EArthquake RisK ReducTion


Reconstruction and REcovery Planning: Rapid and Continuously Updated COnstruction Damage, and Related Needs ASSessment

RECONASS will provide a monitoring system for constructed facilities that will provide a near real time, reliable, and continuously updated assessment of the structural condition of the monitored facilities after a disaster, with enough detail to be useful for early and full recovery planning. The above assessment will be seamlessly integrated with automated, near real-time and continuously updated assessment of physical damage, loss of functionality, direct economic loss and needs of the monitored facilities and will provide the required input for the prioritization of their repair.


As the complexities of decision-making increase and the availability of information rises, there will be a need for larger and more analytically based data infrastructures to be aligned with knowledge and DS tools. S-HELP will go beyond a mere technical solution to ensure the effective ownership, sharing and coordination.


Innovative tools for the detection and mitigation of CBRN related contamination events of drinking water


Security and interoperability in next generation PPDR communication infrastructures.

The main goal of SALUS is to design, implement and evaluate a next generation communication network for Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) agencies, supported by network operators and industry, which will provide security, privacy, seamless mobility, QoS and reliability support for mission-critical PMR voice and broadband data services.


Secure Dynamic Cloud for Information, Communication and Resource Interoperability based on Pan-European Disaster Inventory.

The overall objective of SecInCoRe (Secure Dynamic Cloud for Information, Communication and Resource Interoperability based on Pan-European Disaster Inventory) is to identify data sets, processes, information systems and business models used by first responders and Police authorities leading to a dynamic and secure cloud based ‘common information space’.

The main goals of SecInCoRe are:


SECRICOM was an FP7 collaborative research project in 2008-2012. Its aim was to create Seamless Communication for Crisis Management for EU safety. Thirteen partners from eight EU countries had united their capacities in order to produce a competetive solution for secure communication and collaboration of emergency responders with advanced functions. The project was co-funded from FP7 programme.


Secure European Common Information Space for the Interoperability of First Responders and Police Authorities

SECTOR aims at establishing the foundations of future Common CCM Information Spaces by expanding the European scientific knowledge base on (cross-border) multi-agency CCM processes and the complications these imply when aiming at setting-up and design cross-border supporting information Systems.


The SECUR-ED Project is a demonstration project with an objective to provide a set of tools to improve urban transport security. Participants include all the major stakeholders from across Europe.

Based on best practices, SECUR-ED will integrate a consistent, interoperable mix of technologies and processes, covering all aspects; from risk assessment to complete training packages. These solutions will also reflect the very diverse environment of mass transportation and also considers societal and legacy concerns.


Increasing the engagement of civil society in security research.

The SecurePART project aims at enhancing the influence of civil society on formulating, implementing and monitoring EU security research. Strengthening civil society participation is necessary in order to foster inclusiveness and accountability of the research process, ensure legitimacy and relevance of research outcomes, and mitigate negative impacts such as violations of ethical principles, fundamental rights, or privacy of the citizens.

SecurePART directs its efforts toward four strategic objectives


Empowering Emergency Response Using Social Media.

Slándáil is a collaborative project between organisations across the EU. The goal is to ethically improve the use of social media in enhancing the response of disaster related agencies.


A bio-mimicry enabled artificial sniffer


Lower the impact of aggravating factors in crisis situations thanks to adaptative foresight and decision-support tools

In the context of hyper-connected societies -where networks of all sorts are intertwined – with population densities growing everyday, it is necessary to better understand the cascading effects at play in a crisis.


Motivated by the opportunity to develop industry pull applications and services for the European EGNOS and GALILEO satellite systems, SPARTACUS will design, realise, test and validate in simulated and real world scenarios GALILEO-ready tracking/positioning solutions for critical asset tracking and crisis management.


Harmonized approach to stress tests for critical infrastructures against natural hazards


SUPER is a joint effort of social media and security experts towards introducing a holistic, integrated and privacy-friendly approach to the use of social media in emergencies and security incidents

SUPER explores a holistic integrated framework for understanding citizens’ reactions against emergencies in social media, while at the same time empowering security forces and civil protection agencies to fully leverage social media in their operations


The Tools, methods And training for CommuniTIes and Society to better prepare for a Crisis (TACTIC) project aims to increase preparedness to large-scale and cross-border disasters amongst communities and societies in Europe. Throughout its two-year duration (May 2014 – April 2016), TACTIC will consider studies on risk perception and preparedness to develop a preparedness self-assessment enabling communities to assess how prepared they are for different types of crises.