EXPECTED IMPACTS ON TECHNOLOGY:

The RESCUER platform will push a new worldwide trend in the market of emergency and crisis management software solutions. Its smart solutions can:

  • gather crowdsourcing information really quickly by providing user interaction mechanisms especially developed for using in emergency situations, not only by eyewitnesses but also by first responders;
  • greatly improve situational awareness in a command centre in a timely manner, through novel multimedia data analysis methods and the most effective set of visualisation mechanisms; and
  • semi-automatically provide official, accurate announcement of emergencies to the affected community and to the general public.

Both the European and the Brazilian industry will benefit from being pioneers in this trend. Furthermore, several project results have the potential for becoming at least de-facto standards, which other organisations can use to develop their own solutions:

  • a peer-to-peer communication method for ad-hoc communication based on the built-in WiFi capability of mobile phones;
  • a reference architecture and a portability and variation management strategy  for efficiently supporting different mobile platforms as well as the specificities of emergency and crisis management in different contexts (large-events and industrial area) and in different places;
  • an user interface guidelines and interaction model for safe and efficient mobile crowdsourcing information in emergency situations;
  • a quality specifications for multimedia data points for ensuring minimum confidence in the scenario description that results from the data fusion and analysis of emergency-related crowdsourcing information; and
  • a conceptual model on emergency and crisis management and mechanism for semantic integration and interpretation of data.

EXPECTED IMPACTS ON ECONOMY & SOCIETY:

The European-Brazilian consortia bring together industry partners with technological demands that go beyond the scope of the RESCUER project, and research institutes and universities capable of addressing those demands. During the project, it is expected that more synergies between Brazilian and European partners, and between research institutes or universities and industry partners will be identified. Moreover, the established network has great potential for expanding itself through the contacts of the consortia members.

In fact, the new market trend of smart solutions for emergency and crisis management to be triggered by the RESCUER project will make business in this domain flourish worldwide, especially in the light of, but also independently from, the upcoming large events. Another important aspect is that the RESCUER project outcomes will significantly reduce the risk of adverse consequences in case of incidents in industrial areas or in large-scale events.