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Project Title:
ResponDrone – Situational awareness system for first responders

Project time period: 
May, 2019 – April, 2022

The project includes 20 partner organizations such as American University of Armenia (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment (Armenia), Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia), German Aerospace Center (DLR) (Germany), Israel Aerospace Industries (Israel), ALPHA Unmanned Systems (Spain), The Ministry of Defense of the Government of Israel (Israel), Thales Six GTS (France), Korea Aviation Technologies (KAT) (South Korea), French High Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC) (France), AGORA (Israel), TIME.LEX (Belgium), French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (France), INESC TEC – Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (Portugal), Regional Administration Varna (Bulgaria), Region of Central Macedonia (Greece), Perifereia Dytikhs Makedonias (Greece), State Fire and Rescue Service (Latvia), Veiligheidsregio Haaglanden (Netherlands), Service Départemental d’Incendie et Secours de la Haute Corse (France).

This project is funded by the European Union’s H2020 Research and Innovation Programme and the Korean Government under Grant Agreement No. 833717

Project Description:

ResponDrone is an international project co-funded by the EU and Korean government, which is dedicated to developing and applying a situational awareness system in emergency situations, providing critical information and communication services to first responders.

The three-year project aims to develop an integrated solution for first responders to easily operate several drones with multiple synchronized missions to enhance their situation assessment capacity and own protection. The ResponDrone Project mission is to enable emergency response teams to respond more rapidly, effectively and efficiently to an emergency or disaster and therefore save more lives. The fleet of drones will provide enhanced capabilities to support mission assessment, search and rescue operations, as well as forest fire fighting.

The ResponDrone consortium consists of 20 organizations from Industry, Public Sector and Academia.

AUA is leading two major research and quality assurance components of the project (WP 9 and WP 15). This includes analysis of existing best practices on drone use in disaster response. Also, in partnership with the French High Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC), AUA will identify the requirements of first responders and the capabilities that they deem effective to have when using drones in disaster management.

The project consists of 15 work packages, including:

WP 1 – Ethics requirements

WP 2 – Risk Assessment & Management

WP 3 – Multi Mission Planning & Operation

WP 4 – Multi-drone Operation Optimization

WP 5 – Video Analytics

WP 6 – Integrated Data Processing for Risk-Based Decision Support

WP 7 – General Architecture, Integration, Validation and Testing

WP 8 – Ethical & Legal Issues of RESPONDRONE-enabled missions

WP 9 – Integrating RESPONDRONE into First Responders’ Processes & Operations

WP 10 – Large Training Programs

WP 11 – Large Scale Demo

WP 12 – Innovation Management, Exploitation & Business Planning

WP 13 – Dissemination, Communication and Visibility

WP 14 – Project Management

WP 15 – Studies of Disaster Response Operations

For more information about the project, please visit: https://respondroneproject.com/

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