NEXES App Challenge At The UNESCO’s Open Educational Resources Congress

The NEXES Consortium will be hosting the Closing Event of the NEXES App Challenge on September 20th 2017, at the Cankarjev Dom, Culture and Congress Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The NEXES RIA designed and created open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that implement core system functions and are capability-oriented, thus facilitating creative application developers to benefit from the NEXES basis to build atop their own 112 emergency Apps, which will already follow the principles of the NEXES pan-European 112 emergency app standard. The intention of the NEXES App Challenge is thus to validate the friendliness and use of the NEXES App APIs from the perspective of application developers who wish to utilise them to incorporate emergency communication capabilities in their newly designed emergency applications.

The Event signals the end of the Second Edition of the NEXES App Challenge, complementing the activities unfolding since March 2017 to disseminate the NEXES App API, to discuss the relevance of a pan-European standard for emergency Apps and to support third-party software developers to showcase their emergency Apps before an audience of emergency service experts.
The NEXES App Challenge Event is a satellite event to the OER Congress 2017, co-organised by UNESCO and the Slovenian Government (http://www.oercongress.org/) and it represents a best practice in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives worldwide. OER encourage the making of quality and affordable educational resources widely available, namely through enabling ICT assets.

The NEXES Consortium acknowledges the relevance of OER to provide more equal access to knowledge and educational opportunities and created the NEXES App Challenge to encourage the creation, development and dissemination of innovative emergency Apps that help build and enhance a rich NEXES App ecosystem, contributing to generate awareness on the European standardisation effort to harmonise emergency Apps.

As a part of the OER Congress, the NEXES App Challenge will be streamed, so you can participate remotely.
In alternative, if you wish to join us at the Closing Event of the NEXES App Challenge in Slovenia, please email us at coordinator@nexes.eu.

NEXES Hosts Interactive Session with Italian Emergency Services

NEXES Partners Received at the Italian Ministry of Interior To Discuss Novel Capabilities for Emergency Response

The NEXES partner Vigili del Fuoco (CNVVF) hosted a three-day NEXES Workshop to discuss the novel capabilities for emergency response, focusing on the interoperability amongst emergency services and the exchange of emergency-related information for more efficient response operations and in the international coordination mechanisms to deal with disasters and large-scale emergency situations.

The Workshop participants shared their experience and knowledge on interoperability and international coordination efforts and discussed recommendations on how to integrate relevant requirements and expectations into the NEXES innovations. The implementation of the Common Alerting Protocol and the revitalisation of early warning and public alert systems within the NEXES RIA were addressed and an improved approach on interoperability and international coordination was determined to be subject of a small-scale showcase in the final NEXES Pilot activity.

The NEXES Workshop also offered an opportunity for participants to visit the headquarters of the Italian Fire and Rescue Service in Rome and the National Fire Corps’ PSAP Level 2 centre and to learn more about the National Fire Brigade organisation, the firefighting rescue resources and the pressing challenges to respond to thousands of interventions per day. Participants experienced a set of emergency call-taking simulation at the Centre’s facility and were acquainted with the emergency management systems relevant for CNVVF’s activities. The visits proved to be quite impressive and helped to frame the scope of the discussions on interoperability amongst emergency services and their reflection in NEXES.

Spotlights on NEXES App Challenge

The First Edition of the NEXES App Challenge Is Wrapped in Success

The NEXES Consortium has successfully concluded the first edition of the NEXES App Challenge, an interactive showcase for next generation 112 Apps. The moment was signalled with an international workshop organised by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens on May 30th 2017.

 

 

Held from March to May 2017, the first edition of the NEXES App Challenge addressed application developers and their innovative ideas for a next generation emergency App that changes how citizens deal with emergency situations. Promoting the openness of the NEXES solution, the App Challenge initiative offered the NEXES App API and the NEXES Testbed with a set of next generation functionalities to boost participants’ development timelines and facilitate the development effort. Specifically, the NEXES App API includes accessibility features for emergency services, implementing a Total Conversation model that combines audio, real-time text, images, and video as well as user data exchange capabilities to serve all citizens.

The 1st Edition of the NEXES App Challenge was successfully completed with the submission of emergency Apps by eight different teams/companies. These unique Apps were presented by their own creators in the closing Open Workshop Day, where participants shared their experience and knowledge with the NEXES partners, representatives of the Greek Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) and the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection as well as with members of the Hellenic Police, the Hellenic Fire Corps and the Hellenic Coast Guard.

 

 

 

NEXES Contributes to Inclusive Disaster Management

NEXES Results Shared with the European Disability Forum and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) was invited by the European Disability Forum (EDF) to present the NEXES experience and results at the Workshop on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, organised by EDF in cooperation with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), in Brussels, Belgium, on May 17th 2017.

Participants to the Workshop shared their experiences in inclusive disaster risk reduction in Europe and discussed recommendations and future actions to be taken so as to bring the perspectives of disabled people’s organisations in Europe to the work on inclusive disaster risk reduction (DRR), helping to implement the Sendai Framework for Action in Europe. A range of rich experiences showed that good practice in the field of inclusive DRR in Europe are emerging and, amongst those, a special highlight was made by EUD presenting NEXES and its innovative proposition to create accessible and inclusive emergency services, including public alert systems.

NEXES’s participation at the EDF’s Workshop provided the opportunity to disseminate the NEXES’s achievements with respect to accessibility and inclusiveness to an audience that represents a relevant stakeholder to the NEXES Action and performs a key role in the process of building awareness on NEXES’s societal impact at the European policy-making realm.

 

NEXES at TESS 2017

NEXES Receives Positive Feedback To the Results of the Exercise with the Turkish Emergency Services

Represented by the Ambulance and Emergency Physicians Association (AAHD), the NEXES Consortium joined more than the 250 participants at the TESS 2017, a Symposium dedicated to the novel technologies for medical emergency simulation, held in Bursa on 5th – 6th May 2017.

AAHD made a thorough presentation of the new capabilities brought by NEXES and deemed relevant by the Turkish emergency services to enhance their performance and results and delivered a poster presentation focused on the results of the NEXES Exercise with the Turkish Emergency Services, which occurred in March 2017. The NEXES’s advanced capabilities on communications, location information and the exchange of user data, namely medical information, was very praised by the Symposium participants. These were also surprised by the NEXES’s capabilities to enable emergency operators to share relevant instructions or guidance and support the assistance to the victim, before the arrival of the first responder team onsite.

 

NEXES’s dissemination at TESS 2017 is part of the focused communication campaign of the NEXES RIA, aiming to build awareness to the NEXES results and accomplishments and to the revolutionary potential NEXES’ novel capabilities bring to the emergency services field.

NEXES Results Reach Emergency Services Worldwide

NEXES Presented to 650 Delegates at the EENA Conference 2017

The NEXES partners delivered a presentation on the NEXES results to the representatives of emergency services, public authorities, researchers and industry attending the EENA Conference 2017, held from April 5th to 8th 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

Ministered by AAHD, Omnitor and Deveryware, the presentation focused on the excellent results attained by NEXES with respect to the establishment of an end-to-end next generation emergency service delivering total conversation, improved location and the exchange of additional user information, namely health information. Similarly, the presentation highlighted the relevant work developed by NEXES with respect to standards and its contribution to Europe’s standardisation effort on emergency communications and information sharing. In addition, NEXES partners announced that NEXES would be conducting its first pilot activity in Slovenia on April 11th 2017, validating the new capabilities jointly with the NEXES end-user community, as well as organising the workshop for the first edition of the NEXES App Challenge in Greece on May 30th 2017.

NEXES’s participation in this emergency-related international event is part of the planned dissemination and communication activities defined by the NEXES partners to promote European research initiatives in the security and emergency fields of expertise, namely the NEXES research action and its associated results, bound to deliver a revolutionary impact in the transformation of emergency services worldwide.

NEXES Holds the First Pilot To Showcase New Capabilities for Emergency Services

The Focus Is on Total Conversation, Location and Interoperability

The NEXES Consortium will be hosting the NEXES Pilot in Slovenia on April 11th 2017 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Facilities of the University of Ljubljana, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Included in the NEXES Iteration One Workshop, this Pilot signals the end of the NEXES RIA’s Iteration One effort, completing the set of demonstrations and user validation activities pertaining to the NEXES Campaigns of Demonstration of Iteration One. The Pilot in Slovenia aims to introduce the NEXES’s capabilities for total conversation, enhanced location and the exchange of additional user data of the NEXES 112 App and the NEXES PSAP System to relevant stakeholders, including Slovenian public safety organisations, the Ljubljana municipality and the Slovenian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Representing the first validation with independent end-users of the whole end-to-end functionality of the NEXES System and Apps, the NEXES Pilot in Slovenia will assess NEXES’s performance as well as its potential impact and even determine future avenues for the next project iteration.

If you wish to join us at the NEXES Pilot in Slovenia and the NEXES Iteration One Workshop, please email us at coordinator@nexes.eu.

AAHD Hosts a NEXES Exercise with the Turkish Emergency Services

NEXES Advances in Interaction with Citizens Are Highly Praised

AAHD organised a NEXES Exercise to demonstrate the NEXES results in improving the communication dynamics between emergency services and citizens to relevant Turkish stakeholders in the emergency sector. Conducted on March 17th 2017, at AAHD facilities, the Exercise gathered forty-three representatives of eighteen organisations with extensive expertise and experience in the fields of emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

The NEXES Exercise used two fictional emergency scenarios to illustrate the differences between the existing capabilities of the Turkish command control centre for emergencies and the new features proposed by NEXES. AAHD presented to the participants the new capabilities brought by the NEXES App and the NEXES PSAP system, focusing on the implementation of total conversation, the delivery of enhanced location information to emergency services and the opportunity for providing medical information to the emergency centre.

The participants in the NEXES Exercise were highly interested in the next generation improvements proposed by NEXES, and highlighted the potential to improve the interaction between emergency services and citizens, namely concerning the enhanced situational awareness, the opportunity to offer instructions and information until the arrival of first responders and the contribution to public emergency training. Indeed, AAHD was able to collect relevant feedback from the perspectives of the emergency service professionals and the citizens. The NEXES Consortium and the Turkish stakeholders, which are all members of the NEXES end-user community, will continue to work together in NEXES to contribute to the excellence of the Turkish emergency services.

NEXES Stars At the XXV Forum of 112 Services in Spain

Addressing the Relevance of PESEA for the Next Generation Emergency Services

The NEXES Consortium was invited to present the novel propositions for a next generation emergency service to the 112 regional directors across Spain, gathered to discuss the latest innovations, regulation and standards applicable to the emergency sector at the XXV Foro Nacional de Directores Y Responsables De Centros 112 De Comunidades Autónomas De España, hosted by the autonomous city of Ceuta, from March 8th to 10th 2017, in Spain.

The XXV National Forum for 112 Emergency Centres became familiar with the NEXES’s propositions on the Pan-European Specifications for Emergency Applications (PESEA) and the use of the PEMEA architecture to enable citizens using the NEXES App or any NEXES-compliant emergency App to reach emergency services anywhere in Europe, providing their precise location and additional personal information, including health information and in case of emergency contacts, while meeting the relevant requirements on functionality, cost, security and privacy. This technical meeting also enabled a broad discussion on emergency Apps and the benefits of automated emergency calls, including the use of the next generation eCall system, all issues currently tackled by the NEXES endeavour.

This event served the opportunity to disseminate the NEXES results before an audience of emergency stakeholders that are part of the NEXES end-users community, thus contributing to widen the scope of NEXES’s communication activities and promote additional societal impact as the NEXES results become known across the European emergency services.

 

The two videos below (in English and Spanish respectively) demonstrate the NEXES PESEA implementation in action.