Expected impact

Applications for Mission-critical operations have different objectives and require different solutions than consumer applications for entertainment purposes. Reliable broadband networks cannot be expected, visual content is crucial for information, trust and reliability is essential and there is no time to learn or remember complex user interfaces.

Mission-critical operations are often run with three level of operations:

  • Headquarter, typically permanently located somewhere
  • On-site operations and control, typically set up close to operations immediately.
  • Field teams or personnel, deployed to assess disasters, rescue, act or react.

In many cases mobile satellite systems are used. TETRA can be used for local, regional and national scale emergencies and disasters. Finally, mobile phones are used when there is coverage and security is not critical, or when communication with the civil population is needed.

For the key users this project represents technological breakthrough, and for the key SME-player in the consortium, AnsuR (winner of the 2012 GMES Masters Competition for the ESA App Challenge and the regional 2013 prize at the European Satellite Navigation Competition), new and viable products with real commercial potential. The SME, AnsuR, aims to commercialize the solutions immediately after the project into the two sectors of focus (disaster response, insurance). These markets are already under development with first sales from previous developments into both.  We target to develop further the niche of secure and reliable mission-critical visual communications software. So far the focus has been on the visual content and the novel push-pull interactive communications scheme, and basic geo-tagging. Now, with the focus is on advanced GNES-enabled key functions as described in this proposal, we expect to get a basis to become world leading in this niche, and take advantage commercially.

Main Objective:

Provide users with required situational awareness by seamlessly and reliably integrating geo-referenced visual and related sensor in-situ data with maps and geo-spatial space information in a timely, seamlessly integrated, secure and user-friendly way for managing operational phases of situations like disasters and emergencies, as well as rapid damage assessments and a basis for insurance and cost estimate, while building on current initiatives, proven concepts and realistic user requirements from experienced field assessment officials.

Mission critical visual communications is different from linear transfer, solutions are beyond linear compression and transmission. Users do not need artistic image quality, but visual content in the right precision and accuracy, in in time for operational use. And the ability to trust the content and it´s delivery, as our focus is here. We want to maximize relevance and impact of observations on operations

Figure 1: Detailed and specific objectives are build around three operational phases; OBSERVE-DECIDE-ACT

GEO-VISION shall support the phases: OBSERVE-DECIDE-ACT with IMPACT. End users include the major global players in all phases of emergency and environmental disaster management. We focus not in the sensor data or images in itself, but the operationally relevant information contained therein. The information also implies a need to know where and when the data was captured. Decision makers need rapid access to trusted information via both capture and communications. The overview is:

 

Observe Decide Act
Trustful Field Observations:
Optimal field access to large Earth observation files, via interactive push-pull solution where regions of interest can be prioritized, and one easily can prioritize transfer of resolution and precision at incident locations.
Efficient Decision support Data sharing

Robust communications:
Protocols for progressive communications under any circumstance, push-pull interactive concepts for minimum bandwidth use and focus on content and impact, application of GEO-communications, so that bandwidth and users in critical situation can be prioritized.

Data verification, fusion of multiple in-situ sources from professional and crowdsourcing, UAV and Satellite images, in an online live mapping portal Sharing data between humanitarian and economical users

 

Advanced mapping and integration layers using not only time and location, but precision, trust and confidence. Training modes.
  Monitor any UAV flights and notify users if need to land.  
  Explore Galileo signal authentication and validation of location data  
  Explore data sharing between insurance and crisis management  
 


1 (Coordinator) AnsuR Technologies AS AnsuR NO
2 D`Appolonia DAPP IT
3 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona UAB ES
4 Disaster Management Advice & Training, DMAT Consulting KG DMAT AT
5 Die Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe JUH GE
6 United Nations, UNOSAT UNOSAT CH