TeamAware is a R&D project funded by the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Its name stands for “Team Awareness Enhanced with Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality“. The overall objective of TeamAware is to develop and demonstrate an integrated and cost-efficient situational awareness system for first responders from different sectors with heterogeneous and hardly interoperable sensor units including drone mounted, wearable, and external sensor systems.
First responders are the groups of people, services, and organisations with specialised skills and qualifications, whose duty is to arrive first to the emergency zone, rescue operations, and perform crisis management in natural or human-made disasters. These real-life heroes are the firefighters, the emergency medical services, and the law enforcement agencies.
Depending on the impact and effect of the disaster, the sectors react to the emergency event individually as well as together. Their duty is hard and critical since lives and valuable assets are in the focus of their operations, under high level of stress and uncertainty. For instance, the first responders were the first victims infected by the previously unknown SARS virus, when they cared for patients infected by the virus. That is why the first responders need to be protected, connected, and fully aware of the emergency event so that they can efficiently and effectively save and rescue lives without exposing their lives or the operation to risks.
Although first responders provide secure and safe societies by protecting the communities, responding to the disasters and rescuing lives, they often use inefficient, weak and obsolete technologies in the operations. With respect to the current situation, the operational capabilities of the first responders can be dramatically boosted by the advances in technology and engineering fields such as smart sensor systems, wearables, data processing, data fusion, data analytics, communication infrastructure, and artificial intelligence tools.
According to the gap-analysis in “The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation” (IFAFRI), there are four topics which arise, namely:
TeamAware is a funded project by the EU under H2020 under Grant Number 101019808. The international consortium features 24 partners in the fields of academia, industry and end-users, from 13 countries. The administrative coordinator of the project is Software Imagination & Vision (SIMAVI) from Romania, and the technical coordinator is Havelsan Hava Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret AS from Turkey.
In TeamAware, ENIDE will develop a prototype for mobile interface of TeamAware common situational awareness picture. This mobile application will provide the necessary means to allow the team to interact with the system, as well as access to the required essential information for the teams under extreme conditions (stress, visibility, accessibility, speed, etc.).