I-REACT Project Kick-off Meeting

7 June 2016

The Kick-off meeting of I-REACT project "Improving Resilience through Advanced Cyber Technologies", will be held in Turin on June 9th and 10th. I-REACT is an Innovation Action belonging to the Security call of the H202 programme (DRS-1-2015), it counts a budget of 6.6M€ and a duration of 3 years.
I-REACT will implement a platform that, thanks to advanced technologies, will be able to gather and analyze various data sources to generate real-time information on floods, fires, earthquakes and other natural hazards. On top of photos taken from smartphones, I-REACT will exploit also social media, capturing messages and images from Instagram and Twitter, it will collect earth observations from Copernicus EMS and from Sentinel satellites, and it will gather reports from wearable technologies (bands, smart glasses) worn by on-site operators.

By means of a BigData architecture built into the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, I-REACT will manage all the aforementioned information and will provide accurate and near-real time forecasts of emergency events. Citizens will be actively engaged through gamification techniques aimed at maximizing their inputs, i.e., data and pictures taken from their smartphones. The interoperability with Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS), the liaison with UNESCO and with the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) UN program will further enhance the expected outputs.
Italy plays a pivotal role in the project. In fact, apart from the coordinator ISMB, the Politecnico di Torino, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Celi, JoinPad and CSI Piemonte are all part of the consortium.
The team also encompasses various European partners that will support to design and implement I-REACT in order to facilitate its market uptake and its long term sustainability: Geoville, Eoxplore, Terranea, Alpha Consult, UNESCO, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Meteosim, Bitgear, Ansur, Technical University of Vienna, Scienseed, Aquobex, Answare, and JRC (the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission).