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Can AI & VR solve the challenges of our first responders?

As we accelerate into a digital-first future, there are some jobs that can never be replaced. Emergencies happen all the time and the first responders are crucial players in controlling the damage and saving lives. Ambulance workers, firefighters, police officers; all these workers are needed in extraordinary times. And they are people, the same as the ones they’re saving. So who is helping them?


ISCRAM: bridging the gaps between research and public safety

Research on public safety requires collaboration among academic, industry, and government professionals to develop pragmatic solutions to real-world problems and, at the same time, explore future problems to prepare how to solve them. This blog post introduces collaborative research on public safety performed by the ISCRAM community. It suggests opportunities for public-safety professionals who would like to participate and shape this research to address timely issues related to emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.

Pix4D is a Swiss company that develops a suite of software products that use photogrammetry and computer vision algorithms to transform RGB, thermal and multispectral images into 3D maps and models.

The Beirut explosion: drone mapping for recovery?

When the Beirut Explosion shook Lebanon in August 2020, an ammonium stockpile totaling over 2,000 tones blew up. Damage to buildings occurred as far as 5 kilometers away. More than 200 people lost their lives, and a further 300,000 people were displaced. The scale of the damage was so extreme almost no one knew where to begin. International efforts started immediately, with humanitarian aid ranging from medical support to clearing debris. One thing became overwhelmingly clear: the damage was immense. One organisation, wanted to measure the damage and provide that data to any group helping the recovery efforts that needed it. The mission was simple: do damage assessment and create an open-access resource. The next question was how.

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EENA meets Rut Erdelyi to talk about resilience

When a disaster strikes, it is important for society to be able to resist, adapt, transform, and recover from the hazard in an efficient and quick manner. But how can we build societal resilience for a safer world?

Marta Azevedo Silva, our Communication & Press Manager, had a conversation with Rut Erdelyi, European Director of The Resilience Advisors Network to talk about embracing change, building capacity and innovative ideas to address threats and understand how we can strengthen community resilience in disasters and emergencies.


Using live video features for emergency rescue: The eye-on-scene assessment in Italy, the importance of multimedia emergency communications

The modernisation of emergency communications requires a perfect balance of technology and human empathy. As underlined by the Next Generation 112 premises, more and more citizens expect to be supported by the emergency services through easy procedures and familiar tools.
Video calls and eye-on-scene technologies have already begun to build this reality, as evidenced by the stories of Patrick, a 2-year-old boy saved from choking, and of Alex, born thanks to remote support via video call.