ASSISTANCE is an international research project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme in Secure Societies Challenge addressing the SU-DRS02-2018-2019-2020 (Technologies for first responders) topic.
The main purpose of ASSISTANCE project is twofold: first to help and protect different kind of first responders’ (FR) organisations that work together taking into account the type of disaster/crisis they are mitigating in each moment and second to enhance their capabilities for facing complex situations providing them advanced training based on Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), tailored to their real needs depending on the type of incident.
ASSISTANCE will employ novel technologies such as: drones, robots and innovative modules for increasing the FR’s situation awareness (SA) and taking into account their needs in terms of data (e.g. real time video, persons and objects location, evacuation routes status, ad-hoc network coverage etc.).
ASSISTANCE will also establish the core of an advanced training network based on VR, AR and MR along with a set of training curricula tailored to the needs of the different types of first responders (e.g. Firefighters, Emergency medical services, Police, etc.) and characteristics of the type of incident.
All the ASSISTANCE results will be tested under controlled conditions in three different demonstration pilots which will involve FRs from different organisations.
The solutions proposed in ASSISTANCE will be developed in compliance with EU societal values, fundamental rights and applicable legislation, including in the area of privacy and personal data protection. Societal aspects (e.g. perception of security, possible effects of technological solutions on societal resilience, gender diversity) will be taken into account in a comprehensive and thorough manner.