IN-PREP Kick-off Meeting, Athens – Greece, 27th September 2017

EU project will improve crisis management response across EU member states and beyond

A new three-year project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme, will seek to build a system that can better respond to urgent natural and manmade crises. IN-PREP, which was launched in Athens on 27 September, will research and develop tools to respond to three urgent challenges related to transboundary crisis management:

  • Sharing response planning across borders and agencies
  • Improved sharing of accurate and relevant information in real time, and
  • Improved coordination of critical and scarce resources

Both natural and manmade crises are changing in scale, frequency and ferocity. Many of these crises do not respect country boundaries. The combination of the impact of climate change, cyber-attacks and targeted terrorist activity demand an urgent improvement in the response to transboundary crisis management. Through IN-PREP, tools will be developed to respond to these urgent challenges and support those with the onerous responsibility of managing these life-threatening crisis situations. A Training platform will be created and a handbook of operations will be delivered covering the training process of practitioners through various crisis scenarios.

 Speaking at the launch of IN-PREP in Athens Angelos Amditis, a Director of ICCS, and coordinator of the project said “the goal of IN-PREP is to implement new training processes by bringing together existing components, knowledge and experience to create a novel tool that can help people share information and resources across country boundaries while responding to crisis situations.”

Evangelos Sdongos, responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the project said “It’s about bringing new tools for optimising preparedness through collaborative planning and thus upgrading the capacity to respond. Civil protection practitioners, representing 35% of the consortium, drive IN-PREP developments. During the project, we will have many activities to engage relevant participants outside the consortium to take part in the training programmes and validate our approach. We are warmly inviting you to follow us for the 36-month journey of the project”.

IN-PREP partners are ICCS (Coordinator), Crisisplan, Airbus, DLR, Diginext,Vigili del Fuoco, EXUS, Satways Ltd, Fraunhofer, SAMU Paris, University of Greenwich FSEG, Trilateral Research Ltd, CARR Communications, IES Consulting, Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei, Safety Region IJsselland, Dimos Rodou, AIR Worldwide Limited, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Health Service Executive Ireland.

About IN-PREP (Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building)

 The IN-PREP consortium is made up of 20 partners from 7 countries in the EU. It comprises seven crisis management practitioners and technology providers. Guided by feedback from practitioners, they will create a Mixed Reality Preparedness Platform; a novel IT-based tool for response planning and scenario building to integrate Command and Control and Information systems, Situational Awareness modules, and a Decision Support mechanism.

In addition, IN-PREP will create a Cross-organisational Handbook of Transboundary Preparedness and Response Operations. The principal aim for both outputs is to improve preparedness with realistic training in realistic scenarios of disasters and causes of crises. This will improve the coordination of response actions and support the work of those with this responsibility. Practitioners are very interested and engaged in building this platform as it promises to get the right information to the right people at the right time during these crisis events.

 

To follow the progress of the project, visit https://www.in-prep.eu/ and twitter @INPREP_EU

For further details of the project, please contact:

Angelos Amditis, (Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Athens, Greece) a.amditis@iccs.gr

Evangelos Sdongos, (Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Athens, Greece) evangelos.sdongos@iccs.gr

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