First responder Advanced technologies for Safe and efficienT Emergency Response

FASTER will be practised in River Flood drills in Moncalieri (IT)

FASTER will be practised in Terrorist Attack drills in Kajaani (FI)

FASTER will be practised in Earthquake drills in Madrid (SP)

FASTER MAIN GOAL

FASTER is a H2020 funded project that involves a consortium of  research, social and technical partners  and first responder organizations.

FASTER addresses the challenges associated with the protection of first responders in hazardous environments, while at the same time enhancing their capabilities in terms of situational awareness and communication.

FASTER provideS innovative, accepted and efficient toolS:

Data collection providing a secure IoT platform for distributed, real-time gathering and processing of heterogeneous physiological and critical environmental data from smart textiles, wearables, sensors and Social Media.

Operational capabilities providing flexible, multi-functional autonomous vehicles, including swarms of them, for extended inspection capabilities and physical mitigation.

Risk assessment providing tools for individual health assessment and disaster scene analysis for early warning and risk mitigation.

Improved ergonomics providing augmented reality tools for enhanced information streaming, as well as body and gesture-based interfaces for vehicle navigation and communication.

Resilient communication at the field level providing haptic communication capabilities, emergency communication devices, communication with K9s; and at the infrastructure level through 5G technologies and UAVs.

Tactical situational awareness providing innovative visualisation services for a portable Common Operational Picture for both indoor and outdoor scenarios representation.

Efficient Cooperation and Interoperability amongst first responders, LEA, community members and other resource providers to request and deliver assistance where and when it is most needed using blockchain technology to give everyone involved the ability to write and read data (including sensor data) on an open source platform to speed up disaster relief to a whole new level.

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Faster overview

FASTER establishes a new approach for disaster response in order to improve Europe’s overall disaster resilience. This will be accomplished by the targeted employment and synergetic deployment of a set of appropriate and complementary technologies. Immediate response is the second phase of the disaster management cycle and is a very important aspect for dealing effectively with disasters. Consequently, FASTER improves the disaster response and monitoring capabilities by providing first responders with a suite of core and supplementary tools to augment their situational awareness and, as a result, guarantee their safety as well as enhance their operational capacity.

FASTER strategic objectives

The FASTER consortium has decomposed its main objective into a set of S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) Objectives.

SO1

Transforming First Responders’ needs into validated solutions, acceptable from the society/citizens

SO2

Early identification of operational risks enhancing first responder’s safety

SO3

First Responders’ engagement, training and experimenting pathway

SO4

Enhanced situational awareness for first responders through augmented reality technologies

SO5

Highly ergonomic tools for first responders’ operations

SO6

Robust and resilient emergency communication and cooperation infrastructure

SO7

Employing autonomous vehicles, as units or in swarms, for risk identification and physical mitigation

SO8

Portable Common Operational Picture for maximizing situational awareness

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Strategic objective 1

Transforming First Responders’ needs into validated solutions, acceptable from the society/citizens

Strategic objective 2

Early identification of operational risks enhancing first responder’s safety

Strategic objective 3

First Responders’ engagement, training and experimenting pathway

Strategic objective 4

Enhanced situational awareness for first responders through augmented reality technologies

Strategic objective 5

Highly ergonomic tools for first responders’ operations

Strategic objective 6

Robust and resilient emergency communication and cooperation infrastructure

Strategic objective 7

Employing autonomous vehicles, as units or in swarms, for risk identification and physical mitigation

Strategic objective 8

Portable Common Operational Picture for maximizing situational awareness

Motivation

The European Environment Agency (EAA) reports that Europe is experiencing an increasing number of disasters, derived either from natural phenomena, technological accidents or human actions. These disasters affect EU citizens, the EU economy and environment every year.

Due to the nature of their work, first responders are often operating in risky and hazardous conditions disaster sites, like demolished, burnt or flooded districts, being exposed to non-visible threats such as very high temperatures and dangerous gases.