Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies: the I-REACT project

Claudia Maltoni, Claudio Rossi, Guzmán Sánchez

Abstract


Due to climate change, floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense. This scenario poses a challenge for current risk management systems. I-REACT project aims to develop
a solution through the integration and modelling of data coming multiple sources. Information from European monitoring systems, earth observations, historical information and weather forecasts will be combined
with data gathered by new technological developments created by I-REACT. These include a mobile app and a social media analysis tool to account for real-timeccrowdsourced information, wearables to improvecpositioning, as well as augmented reality glasses to facilitate reporting and information visualisation by first responders. With this approach, I-REACT will be able
to empower stakeholders in the prevention and management of disasters. Citizens will be involved in reporting first-hand information, policymakers will be supported in the decision-making process, and first responders will
be equipped with essential tools for early warning and response. At the same time, private companies could leverage specific set of I-REACT components to improve their business, when linked to disaster management.

Overall, I-REACT aims to be a European-wide contribution to build more secure and resilient societies to disasters.



Parole chiave


I-REACT; natural hazards; climate change; disaster management; Copernicus

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