The Relevance of Sensors’ Ubiquity for Next Generation Emergency Services
The NEXES research promising results were presented during a dedicated European Projects Space session at the SENSORNETS Conference 2017, dedicated to sensor networks, information systems security and privacy, model-driven engineering and software development, and held on February 19th – 21st 2017, in Porto, Portugal.
Represented by Marco Manso (RIN), the NEXES Consortium introduced the new and emerging ideas fostered by NEXES on the integration of automated emergency calls within next generation emergency services, prompted by the dissemination of smart sensor technology and sensing networks. The new automated emergency calls build-up on the existing eCall initiative and widen its scope of application to consider next generation eCall, environmental sensors and eHealth applications. The triggering of alerts enabled by sensors and sensing networks are considered as relevant information sources to early identify an emergency situation, when time is of the essence to save lives. Also the additional information made available by the sensors to emergency services, namely the First Responders teams, is bound to greatly improve the situational awareness of the emergency, thus allowing a more fitted selection of available resources for the emergency response, avoiding unnecessary costs.
Before an academic audience, NEXES efforts to promote the development and integration of next generation automation capabilities to support more efficient and effective emergency services highlighted the innovation mark associated with EU co-funded research initiatives and their impact in advancing the state-of-the-art of emergency communications for society’s benefit.