Pilots

The project will hold three successive pilot series to evaluate the performance and usability of the INTREPID platform and assess the user satisfaction.

Qualitative performances (e.g. effectiveness, efficiency, satisfaction) will be measured using the ISO 9241 standard as a guideline. The envisaged scenarios for the three main pilots represent different disaster types with various hazardous situations.

The main idea of these three pilots is to test the INTREPID solution in different environments and conditions. Each pilot has its specific challenges in terms of user needs, required sensors and equipment, radio coverage, connectivity and interoperability issues. For example, the communication during exploration of indoor environments is a challenging task as radio coverage is often very limited, unstable or even completely lacking, due to limited penetration of radio signals into buildings or other indoor areas. Indoor coverage is therefore one of the key challenges that needs to be overcome.

Pilot 1 – Floods in Stockholm subway

Major Natural Disaster (M14, Stockholm)

The scenario 

Stockholm, On November, 2021. 

Stockholm citizens have woken up to shocking news. Last night a subway station in Stockholm has suffered a heavy flood. Fires caused by electrical shortcuts, possible toxic smoke and potential trapped victims have been identified as the main challenges for the first responders, who are already in the disaster area. INTREPID advanced tools have been deployed in the area.

The subway station is located in a rock chamber 25 meters underground and the distance from the city is about 8 kilometers. Opened on August 1994, is one of the newest station in Stockholm.

Pilot 1 Retrospective video

Pilot 2 – Plant explosion in Marseille

Industrial Accident (M25, Marseille)

The scenario 

Marseille, On October, 2022. 

A loud noise has been heard in Marseille today at 9.25. After the confusion, it has been found that there has been a devastating explosion at a chemical port terminal (SEVESO site). This accident is all the more dramatic as it happened during work hours, with many people inside the building. The number of victims is unknown.

Firefighters, supported by CBRN units, face fire, toxic smoke and explosive gas leaks. The environment is a treacherous combination of damaged and standing structures. First responders use the innovative INTREPID technology to explore the area, collect information, understand the situation, locate victims and precisely assess risks.

Pilot 3 – Explosion in a hospital in Madrid

Man-made Incident (M33, Madrid)

The scenario 

Madrid, On July, 2023.

At 8.15, a huge explosion detonated in a hospital located at about 56 km from Madrid. The smoke can be seen from nearby towns and first responders are on their way to the affected area. The causes are still unknown, but Police is concerned that this may be a planned attack. Strong structural damages are expected. Challenges met by First Responders are : presence of chemical substances, fire and potential malevolence. These risks can affect both the victims and the emergency teams.

First responders use the latest INTREPID technologies to safely inspect the building searching for potential threats to make a first assessment of the location of victims and their status without entering the building due to potential chemical risk.

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