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I-REACT

Society as a whole is increasingly exposed and vulnerable to natural disasters because extreme weather events, exacerbated by climate change, are becoming more frequent and longer. In this context, the access to an integrated system providing the main emergency management information and data coming from multiple sources is even more critical to successful disaster risk management. Current systems for risk management are still limited in their effectiveness. Despite technological progress and the availability of large amounts of data, there is no platform that integrates and analyses in real time all the useful data to manage emergencies for improving prediction and management of disasters.

Developed by LINKS Foundation

I-REACT (Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies) is a Horizon 2020 3-year project (2016-2019) funded by the European Commission under the Secure Society Work Programme (DRS-1-2015). I-REACT aims to develop a solution through the integration and modelling of data coming multiple sources. Information from European monitoring systems, earth observations, historical information, and weather forecasts will be combined with data gathered by new technological developments created by I-REACT.

TRL6. Prototype system verified
Technology demonstrated in relevant environment. Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond that of TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology’s demonstrated readiness. Examples include testing a prototype in a high-fidelity laboratory environment or in a simulated operational environment. All the I-REACT solutions are operational, meaning that the web-based application for control centers as well as the UAV system are up and running and features a Cloud-based deployment that guarantees availability and reliability. All data streams are operational, meaning that I-REACT regularly receives early warnings for extreme weather events, floods, fires, and weather forecasts. The social media monitoring works 24/7 on 8 hazards and 4 languages (English, Italian, Spanish, Finnish) and the mobile app will be launched in the Android and Apple Stores in Oct 2018. The I-REACT solutions have been already demonstrated three times with real stakeholders (civil protections, monitoring agencies, fire fighters) in simulated in-field exercises also at international level.

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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How does it work?

I-REACT integrates existing services, both local and European, into a platform that supports the entire emergency management cycle. In particular, I-REACT will implement a multi-hazard system with a focus on floods, fires and extreme weather events, as they are the most impacting natural hazard affected by climate change. I-REACT supports three key emergency management phases, i.e. prevention, preparedness and response phases.

Limitations/conditions under which this innovation does not work or is less effective

The mobile application relys on wireless connectivity. If nor cellular data connection or WiFi connectivity is available the app will not be able to send and receive content in real-time. The same accounts for smart glasses, as they use the tethered WiFi of a mobile phone. If a back-up system is in place, e.g. local WiFi with Satellite backhaul, then both the app and the smart glasses will continue to fully work.

Added value
The I-REACT innovation design phase was based on a user-centred design. An international workshop “Increasing Resilience to Natural hazards through Information and Communication Technology” was organised on 14-15 September 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. It brought together policy-makers, emergency service providers and science and technology experts from different European countries. The workshop aimed at gathering their needs, assess the implementation gaps in their operational procedures, and co-design some key features of the I-REACT system, e.g. the data collection and visualization process. Also, a survey to gain knowledge on citizen’s perception of risks was launched. The results have been used to design tips and quizzes that will be inserted in the mobile application to improve citizen’s risk awareness in all phases of the emergency.

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