NEXES App Challenge Starts NOW !!

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Dear friend,

Have you ever had a good idea for a Next Generation Emergency response 112 app or think of creating a novel smart app that could change the way we deal with emergency situations and life risks?

If you are a developer, an Emergency Service application owner or an Emergency Service end user who is interested in developing a Next Generation Emergency response application or promote a novel idea for a future application in this field based on your experience (development skills are not really required), come and join us at the NEXES App Challenge!

 

a brief ID for your consideration:

Who | Developers, designers, entrepreneurs and students across Europe that have 112 Apps or want to experiment with Java development, SIP, WebRTC, smart mobile apps as well as end users that want to submit an innovative idea without a prototype implementation in place
What | a 2-month challenge for Next Generation 112 Apps
When | Launching on Monday, March 6th – Expiration on Friday, May 14th, 2017
Where | @your desktop – across Europe. A dedicated Workshop will be held in Athens, Greece at the end of May, 2017
Why | To improve the way citizens interact with emergency services
How | Be inspired by NEXES App specification | Submit your application/idea!

For more information, visit the NEXES App Challenge official site at:

http://nexesappchallenge.eu/

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NEXES Presents Cutting Edge Research Work at SENSORNETS 2017

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.

NEXES App Challenge – Coming Soon!

NEXES APP CHAL_FINALPNGIn March, NEXES will launch the 1st Edition of the NEXES App Challenge.

It is an opportunity for software developers to showcase their emergency Apps before an audience of emergency service experts.

It is also the perfect venue to try out NEXES App API and discuss the relevance of a pan-European standard for emergency Apps to build the next generation emergency services.

Stay tuned !

NEXES Fosters Accessible Emergency Products and Services

Next Generation Emergency Services at the EC Workshop on Accessibility of Products and Services

The NEXES achievements on the successful implementation of the Total Conversation capabilities, combining voice and video calls and real-time text messaging, was a central theme at the Workshop on Accessibility of Products and Services organised by the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on February 2nd and 3rd 2017, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Brussels.

The high-level policy Workshop was sponsored with the ambition to prepare the adoption of the EU Accessibility Act and promote the implementation of accessibility measures in general. Represented by Gunnar Hellström (Omnitor) and Johan Verstraete (European Union of the Deaf), the NEXES Consortium delivered a presentation and made a detailed demonstration of NEXES’s next generation emergency services capabilities, namely video calls and real-time texting, providing new communication tools for citizens to reach emergency services. This demonstration was particularly helpful to highlight the usefulness of the new emergency communication technologies, as a citizen used the NEXES App to establish an emergency call using audio, real-time text and video channels with the Windows-based NEXES PSAP workstation. In cases where the citizen requiring assistance is deaf, the opportunity to use real-time texting or video (for sign language) can save precious time. In addition, the demonstration underlined the beyond state-of-the-art location information provided by NEXES to emergency services, contributing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole emergency response.

NEXES achievements to ensure a more universal, democratic and inclusive emergency service were duly recognised by an audience of 150 policy-makers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the US Federal Communications Commission. Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and the deaf MEP Helga Stevens particularly emphasised the impressive level of seriousness and technological advance exhibited by NEXES. Overall, the Workshop on Accessibility of Products and Services was a relevant dissemination opportunity for NEXES to encourage the broad adoption of advanced communication and information technologies by emergency services for society’s benefit.

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NEXES Shares the Latest Advances for Barrier-Free Emergency Services

The NEXES Consortium was present at the Barrierefreier Notruf (Barrier Free Emergency Calls) Conference, held at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Berlin (Germany) on November 29th 2016, upon the kind invitation of the German Deaf Association. On October 24th 2016, the German Deaf Association and the German Society of the Hearing Impaired unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a nationwide emergency-free emergency call.

Represented by the European Union of the Deaf (EUD), the NEXES Consortium participated in the debate concerning the present situation of the German Emergency Services with respect to the implementation of general accessibility and of an inclusive federal emergency and catastrophe warning system. At present, the Telecommunications Act (TKG) only allows telephone and fax access to the emergency call stations as input channels for communication and for accompanying data (e.g., location data). Therefore, much is needed to meet the needs of the deaf and of the hard of hearing citizens.

Frankie Picron (EUD) introduced the ambitious objectives of the NEXES Action and presented the advances attained with the NEXES System and Apps, and already validated with different emergency services, concerning the incorporation of accessibility features, such as video, real-time text, sign language interpretation and user data information on language preferences and health data, all of which contribute to the implementation of next generation emergency services that are truly accessible and inclusive.

The Barrierefreier Notruf Conference conveyed a good opportunity to disseminate the NEXES results to an audience of 100 stakeholders from Germany’s emergency services, civil society, policy-makers and governmental authorities.

NEXES: A Part of the Solutions for Smart Cities

Orange Romania Sets NEXES’s Vanguard at Romanian Flagship Conference

Building upon the relevant experience of 2015 Smart Cities Romania Conference, Orange Romania (ORO) expanded its sponsorship and presence at this year’s edition of the Romanian flagship conference and presented the latest NEXES developments as it unveils the challenges of next generation emergency services for progressive city needs. On November 8th and 9th 2016, ORO participated thus at the 2016 Smart Cities Romania Conference dedicated to the “Infrastructure Challenges For Government And Municipalities” (http://www.romaniasmartcities.ro/en/).

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ORO presented its state-of-the-art solutions to the global community of city leaders, other technology and solution providers, investors and innovators who are working together on the next generation of Smart City solutions. Within the theme of the Conference, ORO ministered a presentation titled the “Security Awareness and Next Generation Emergency Services” that highlighted how NEXES will use novel technologies to better connect the community, improving citizen services and finding more intelligent ways to manage resources in the emergency field.

Focusing on the actual emergency services across Europe, ORO presented specific scenarios where the NEXES advanced capabilities make a real difference in the quality of life of citizens and the outcome of emergency situations. The NEXES achievements with respect to the development and integration of IP-enabled communications, the implementation of innovative emergency Apps and the creation of the NEXES Testing Regime and Validation Framework were described as a result of thorough new end-users requirements and the compliance to pan-European standards and the EU regulatory framework. Overall, it was very clear the real impact NEXES will produce in the life of citizens and the emergency services’ daily operations.

The two-day conference gathered more than one hundred participants from the academia, SMEs, industry and professionals as well as decision-makers, regional authorities and city representatives and was an excellent opportunity to promote NEXES advances and engage key stakeholders in the evolution path towards next generation emergency services.

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NEXES Reinforces Omnitor’s Offer in Pitch Event

Förskrivarkonferens 2016 Announced the Latest Products for the Deaf Community

Förskrivarkonferens 2016 is a known pitch event for suppliers of communication aids to the deaf and hard of hearing community. This year’s event was held on Stockholm on October 17th and 18th and it gathered government representatives, elements from the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and the Swedish Agency for Participation (MFD) and the responsible entities prescribing communication aids from all Swedish County Councils and Regions.

Förskrivarkonferens is a well-known pitch event in the community, recognised for presenting and displaying the latest available products, services and projects that convey communication aids for the deaf and hard of hearing. NEXES partner Omnitor is a leading supplier of communication devices that enable Total Conversation (voice, real-time text, image and video) and make a true difference on the daily life of those challenged by disability or impairment.

To reinforce its unique portfolio, Omnitor referred to the advances being explored within the NEXES Action with respect to the building of next generation emergency services by bringing new Total Conversation technologies to the communication dynamics between citizens and emergency services. Further, Omnitor described how NEXES has been implementing and validating enhanced capabilities to propose emergency services that are truly democratic, universal and inclusive, contributing to uphold equal access to all citizens, namely impacting the safety and security of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Within NEXES’s communication and dissemination effort, Omnitor’s participation in this pitch event highlights how the participation in beyond-state-of-the-art European research and innovation initiatives, such as NEXES, acts as a powerful endorsement and credibility boost for novel products and services as they enter the market and are known to potential customers and key stakeholders.

NEXES Joins Celebration of the World’s Deaf Day 2016

EUD Presents NEXES Accessibility Innovations to A Belgian Audience

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“Security and safety concerns of the deaf and hard-of-hearing” has been the theme of this year’s celebration of the World’s Deaf Day organised by the Belgian Deaf Association (Fédération Francophone des Sourds de Belgique or FFSB) on September 24th 2016 at the Libramont Exhibition & Congress in Belgium.

The World’s Deaf Day or Journée Mondiale des Sourds is one of FFSB’s biggest events, representing an awareness day to the Deaf Cause, signalling the many daily challenges the deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens still endure. The event brought together key stakeholders working with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Belgium and focused on the field of emergency services, delivering a comprehensive overview of the current deployments in this area and of ongoing research and development initiatives, such as NEXES.

Representing the NEXES Consortium, EUD participated in a round table dedicated to the emergency services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and described the novel NEXES propositions for a democratic, universal and inclusive emergency service, characterised by total conversation, enhanced location and improved interoperability capabilities. NEXES’s advances aim to rapidly bring new Internet-based technologies close to practical applications in the emergency services field, making a truly valuable contribution to the improvement of the quality of life for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.frankie

Part of NEXES’s communication and dissemination effort, EUD’s participation in this year’s FFSB event served to reinforce the NEXES’s accessibility message and connect with the global deaf and hard-of-hearing community, sharing how next generation emergency services will impact on the safety and security concerns of that community. It was also an opportunity to build new collaborations that can transfer the success of the NEXES Action to society.

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Omnitor Hosts a NEXES Event with the Swedish Emergency Services

The Exercise Focused on NEXES’s Accessibility Solutions to Existing Shortcomings

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The NEXES Swedish Event aimed to achieve a deeper understanding of the routines and capabilities of the present 112 service, as well as its limitations, while gathering valuable feedback and know-how from Swedish emergency professionals, including representatives from the Swedish PSAP operator (SOS Alarm), the Agency for Participation (MFD) and the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), that exhibited extensive experience with the 112 service operations. The show-case of NEXES solutions exhibited how NEXES proposes to improve the communication and information exchange between citizens and emergency services and amongst emergency services’ agencies.

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Using three fictional scenarios addressing sign language, public alerts and location issues, Omnitor was able not only to identify existing procedures in the Swedish emergency services and its shortcomings, but also to present the solutions envisaged in NEXES in what respect to Total Conversation, multi-language services, enhanced location details, automatic exchange of health and medical information, distribution of targeted public alerts, pre-defined messages and interoperability between emergency services across Europe.

The exercise was considered a great success by all involved participants and contributed to promote the awareness and understanding of relevant Swedish stakeholders with respect to the NEXES’s innovations and its contributions to the pan-European standardisation effort. NEXES and the Swedish stakeholders will continue to work together in the proposed NEXES System and App functionalities so that NEXES can make a real difference to the Swedish society.

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NEXES Participates In the 2016 Nordic Police Research Conference

Poster Presentation on NEXES Results: Developing Next Generation Emergency Services

The 2016 Nordic Police Research Conference brought together almost 100 participants on the 8th and 9th September 2016 in Oslo, Norway. The central theme of the conference was (Police) Reforms and changes in the police.

The doors of the 2016 Nordic Police Research Conference opened to welcome police researchers and practitioners from police institutions, training schools and colleges to explore, discuss and engage with the latest innovative scientific research in the realm of police research. The Police University College (POLAMK) created a poster presentation titled “Developing Next Generation Emergency Services”, calling attention to the need of integrating new Interned-enabled technologies in the communication and information exchange dynamics of emergency response. Important and unique features of NEXES are its Total Conversation capabilities to promote a more inclusive emergency service to citizens experiencing disability, impairment or special needs, and its capacity to acquire and handle automated emergency calls, while automatically sharing information on location, environmental conditions and health parameters.

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POLAMK’s participation in the Nordic Police Research Conference was key to empower NEXES’s broad recognition within the police researchers’ and practitioners’ community. Many representatives of the community were indeed surprised by the diversity of NEXES’s propositions, most of them relevant to the police work. The Police Research Conference provided a platform to generate awareness and promote NEXES’s ambitious effort, forming a link with the scientific research and innovation domain.