The AF3 consortium is composed by 19 partners from 10 different Countries, which covers various aspects of forest firefighting:
Leonardo-Finmeccanica (IT) is a global high-tech player focused on four activity sectors: Helicopters, Aeronautics, Electronics, Defence & Security Systems and Space. With headquarters in Italy and over 47,000 employees, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland, and an important network of strategic partnerships worldwide.
In leveraging collective strengths, and capitalizing on the synergies across our main major business sectors, Leonardo exploits world-class systems and ICT services to deliver robust, high-integrity mission-critical solutions across sectors and domains.
The company provides C4ISTAR systems, integrated products and solutions for avionic, land and naval applications. Delivering mission critical systems for situational awareness, self-protection and surveillance, Leonardo utilizes its experience and proprietary radar and electro-optic sensors, avionics, electronic warfare, communication, space instruments and sensors and UAV solutions.
Leonardo has advanced technologies and products in the design, manufacture and integration of complex systems for the control and management of air and maritime traffic, the monitoring and protection of green and blue borders, the development of secure communication networks and the deployment of digital solutions for managing systems and infrastructures.
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defence electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defence, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.
The Aerospace Division of Elbit Systems is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and
integration of ISTAR Systems, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems, digital maps, night vision systems, helmet mounted systems, display and data processing systems, Airborne Command and Control systems , Advanced Avionic System Suites, security and surveillance systems and Aerostructures.
The Company provides a wide range of logistic support services, including operation of pilot training services for the Israeli Air Force on a private financing initiative (PFI) basis. The company cooperates with industries worldwide in different specific projects.
EFPC (UK) has considerable Framework Program experience covering ethical, technical, financial, project management and dissemination aspects. EFPC coordinated the Security Project LOGSEC, and were the coordinators of IST project Finance-NMS-IST which in addition to training also ran the Finance Helpdesk. EFPC are partners in the Idealist2011 project, ICT NCP Network responsible for Quality Management and are also currently partners in the Security project INSEC. They were also key players in several recent projects such as FESTOS, BOOST-IT, EPISTEP, CEEC-IST-NET, Idealist7FP and EPIST. EFPC has many technological connections and experience and is a member of several ICT ETPs such as NESSI and eMobility. EFPC shall be responsible for the Ethical Management AF3 to ensure compliance with European Commission rules.
Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, our work has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future.
The Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI is one of Germany’s main research institutes for defence and security. EMI coordinates the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster “Future Urban Security”. Furthermore, EMI maintains the Center of Competence for the Management of Damage on Infrastructure and Buildings. Fraunhofer EMI is one of the most accomplished research centers for critical infrastructure protection in Europe. Our scientists have several decades of experience in the field of threat, vulnerability and risk analysis for infrastructure, equipment, vehicles, and airplanes. In recent years, we accomplished comprehensive threat and risk analyses for critical infrastructure in a large variety of national and international projects
FhG-ICT covers a large range of research in the fields of Energetic Materials, EnergeticSystems, Applied Electrochemistry, Environmental Engineering and Polymer Engineering. The research work of the Energetic Materials department covers acomprisingexperience in the development of fire-extinguishing agents and incombustible foams as well as fire protection coatings, high-temperature insulation coatings andceramic fire-protective compounds via intumescent (swelling), ablative, ceramising and cooling processes.
The department Energetic Systems has gathered widespread expertise of modeling of thermal reactions, spectroscopy of combustion processes and chemical analysis in flames as well as issues of technical security.Environmental Engineering has a comprehensive stock of knowledge concerning renewable polymeric materials as well as biodegradable polymers.
INTRACOM TELECOM is the largest multinational provider of telecommunications products, solutions & services in Greece with a proven track record of over 29 years of presence in Europe and more than 100 customers in the Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Asia. It employs over 2500 staff including its subsidiaries in 16 countries. It is considered amongst the largest European companies leading in R&D investments. Intracom operates more than 15 state-of-the-art research laboratories that drive the rapid development of high-quality, advanced telecommunication systems. Company expertise lies in the development of leading edge telecommunication products and solutions, delivering end-to-end integrated solutions, implementing large scale turnkey projects and providing a wide range of engineering, consulting, and outsourcing professional services. Dedication to R&D and commitment to technology innovation are fundamental components of company’s business strategy. Intracom focuses on Broadband Wire-Line & Wireless Systems, Content Delivery Networks, Microwave Transmission Systems, Operation and Business Support Systems and Secure Infrastructures. Intracom has a long record in research in networked systems, secure telecommunications systems and active product lines. Intracom offers a variety of integrated secure networked systems, products and services.
The National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSRD) is a self-governing research organisation, under the supervision of the Greek Government. With a staff of over 700, including 100 postgraduate students and over 300 research associates, NCSRD is the biggest research centre in applied sciences and engineering in Greece, and participates in AF3 with the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) and the Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL). IIT, one of the eight Institutes of NCSRD, has accumulated substantial expertise and is actively involved in many areas of information technologies and telecommunications, while it has participated in numerous EU and nationally funded research projects. The NCSRD team is especially active in the Security Theme of FP7, bringing in AF3 the technology expertise, feedback and knowledge from relevant previous and ongoing projects, e.g.: (i) TASS (FP7-SEC-2009-2.2-02): localization & tracking, crowd behaviour modelling and simulation, visualization, and mobile surveillance application development for first responders and security personnel, (ii) DITSEF (FP7-ICT-SEC-2007-1): wearable/portable communication modules for First Responders, indoor localization using WSN technologies, data fusion, sensor abstraction layer, (iii) OPTITRANS (FP7-GALILEO-228382): dynamic GIS and route planning, web & mobile application development, (iv) ACRIMAS (FP7-ICT-SEC-2010-4.1.1): Aftermath Crisis Management System-of-systems Demonstration
Since the mid-1990s, Skytek has been a leading developer of information and operation-based software tools that allow clients like NASA, ESA USA (United Space Alliance) and other leading national and international organisations to manage and co-ordinate their information assets. Skytek have received awards from NASA for our software solutions.
Our research and development team is at the heart of our success. We create powerful and innovative software applications, attuned to specific commercial needs of the Space industry, Aerospace, Security sectors, as well as understanding and interpreting the impact of Space Weather on modern technology infrastructure to create areas of process efficiency and competitive advantage for our clients. Since its foundation in 1997, Skytek has built a world class software product development team with a strong R&D programme that focuses on emerging internet standards and languages to provide interfaces that are intelligent, platform-independent and adaptable. Our long standing relationship with our international client base is testimony to the quality of our technology and our ability to deliver the right solution when and where it’s needed.
Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), is the second largest technical school in Italy. The Politecnico offers excellence in technology and promotes the ability to carry out theoretical or applied research and also the capacity to achieve concrete and reliable productive processes or organise services and facilities. It offers excellent courses to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as training to postgraduates and continuing education services. The educational offer by POLITO is broad and distinctive, including BS degree courses, MS degree courses, 1st and 2nd Level Specializing Masters and PhD curricula. The range of studies spans space, environment and land, telecommunications, information, energy, mechanics, electronics, chemistry, automation, industrial design, architecture and building, very different subjects requiring different study methods as well as inventiveness. In addition, Polito is interested in developing permanent partnerships in research and education with industries that want to take advantage of university collaboration for innovation, and development. Politecnico draws up about 800 contracts with industries, government funded institutions, local organizations. With more than 150 bilateral international agreements and 40 double degree agreements, POLITO has links with the most prestigious Universities in Europe and in the world and participates in various initiatives to promote and encourage the student mobility and the attainment of degrees in its partner institutions. Moreover POLITO is part of some of the major European interuniversity networks (CESAER, CLUSTER, E.C.I.U, EUA, CMU). These contacts will permit to spread and disseminate information and project results to a wider number of institutions. The participation to many international projects allows Politecnico to count on a great experience: in the 7th Framework Programme, Politecnico di Torino was involved in more than 170.
The Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS) is one of the main Polish institutes in the field of Physics and Astronomy cooperating with over 100 organizations and institutes around the world. Main fields of activities at SRC comprise of: space physics, spatial geodesy, remote sensing and technology. SRC is participating in space science missions and its experts play important role in shaping the national space policy. SRC participates in space science missions and is involved in various space projects (CASSINI, INTEGRAL, ROSETTA, MARS EXPRESS, HERCHEL, VENUS EXPPRESS, BEPI COLOMBO). The projects related activities of the SRC include mainly data acquisition (the Astrogeodynamical Observatory, the Geodynamic Laboratory), interpretation and modelling (space physics). SRC also takes part in ESA’s applications projects such as GMES Service Element for forest monitoring and PECS projects such as SWEX (Soil Water and Energy eXchange) related to the ESA’s SMOS mission (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity). Earth Observation Group (EOG) is the division within SRC, dedicated to satellite images processing and to GIS applications. EOG is mainly involved in GMES projects and related services: GMES-Poland, PEARL (Port Environmental Information Collector), G-MOSAIC (GMES services for Management of Operations, Situation Awareness and Intelligence for Regional Crises), Geoland2. One of the tasks within Geoland2 project – Seasonal & Annual Change Monitoring (SATChMo) – is coordinated by SRC.
Pyro Fire Extinction is a start-up founded in 2011, within the Polytechnic University of Valencia. It focuses on the design and manufacture of new means of fire fighting. Pyro works development new methods and products to improve the security of the brigades of extinction and increase the effectiveness of actions against fire. Pyro has a multidisciplinary team in the field of Forest, Manufacturing and Mechanical engineering. Pyro´s team have a vast experience focused on forest management and Wildfire Prevention in Nature Reserves, preventive layers design, fire behavior, growth simulators and a vast experience in development of new products, design and manufacture biodegradable packaging.
The University of Westminster is one of the oldest established UK institutions of technological education, founded by Sir George Cayley (the father of aeronautics) in 1838. It was renamed “The Polytechnic” by Quentin Hogg (the grandfather of the present Lord Hailsham) in 1882 & developed as a centre of higher education specializing in provision for mature students, becoming known affectionately as the “Regent Street Poly”. In 1970, under a government initiative, the Poly became “The Polytechnic of Central London (PCL)” until 1992 when it was rededicated as “The University of Westminster”. Today, the University comprises four Campuses concerned with a wide range of educational disciplines. The Department of Electronic, Network & Computer Engineering (DENCE), at Westminster is home to a cadre of talented young research staff & students in niche areas of Electronics, Comms. & Positioning Technologies. The majority of this activity is undertaken at the “Applied DSP & VLSI Research Group” (ADVRG), under the leadership of Prof. Izzet Kale. The ADVRG has many years of experience in custom software/hardware solutions for demanding real-time signal processing applications with internationally recognised expertise in the application of advanced mixed-signal processing algorithms & architectures for use in comms & GNSS systems at all levels of the product design, development & realisation hierarchy. The expertise base spans high-level algorithms to low-level ultra-low-power custom hardware/software realisations. ADVRG has secured many industrial grants (>£4.5 million) targeted at real-time low-power sub-system development for the electronics/communications sector. It has a 100% track record on conducting industrial projects with tough specs. The DENCE has state-of-the-art equipment for digital radio communications, DSP, GNSS, RF & microwaves. Their industrial clientele include ESA, ASTRIUM, Mitsubishi and NOKIA Ltd. Recent examples of communication receiver development are Digitally Configurable/Software Defined Radio (DCR/SDR) receivers for DAB, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and efficient on-board processors for communication satellites.
AIRBUS DS is the only military and civil/humanitarian transport aircraft manufacturer to develop, certify, produce, sell and support a comprehensive family of airlifters ranging from three to forty tonnes of payload. AIRBUS DS’ highly versatile product range includes the robust and service proven, three to nine tonnes payload “Light & Medium” Family and the highly capable A400M at its heavylift extreme. Headquartered in Madrid (Spain), the company’s facilities are essentially based in Spain. Its main sites are Getafe, close to Madrid, where the civil Airbus platforms, such as the A330, are converted into Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, and Seville, where the San Pablo factory, south of the airport, hosts the A400M Final Assembly Line opened in 2007, as well as the complete production and final assembly of the C212, CN235 and C295 aircraft. Opened in 2010, the all new AIRBUS DS Training Centre is also located close to the San Pablo facility. Also important are the facility of Tablada in Seville, specialized in aerostructures assembly and the plant Centre Bahia de Cadiz located in Puerto de Santa Maria and specialized in CFRP components. AIRBUS DS also has facilities in other European countries. The A400M Programme Office is based in Toulouse, France, with the Final Assembly Line in Seville (Spain) and production of the major subassembly sections produced in Filton, (UK), Bremen (Germany), Nantes and St Nazaire in France, with other parts produced in Belgium as well as Turkey and Malaysia. AIRBUS DS also owns two facilities in Poland, one in Warsaw and another one in Mielec, where the Orlik TCII is developed and produced.
The Hellenic Ministry of Defence (MOD) applies the Government’s National Defence Policy. MOD implements interventions focusing on the facilitation of the interaction with citizens like the digitalization of recruitment archives and services, the generation of digital charts and weather reports, and also incorporates departments and units that address social issues like public protection, crisis management, humanitarian aid and social and environmental research. Therefore MOD today incarnates a very important social role in everyday life of Greek citizens and people. In addition, Hellenic Air Force (HAF) is the operator of and maintenance provider for the aerial fire fighting means (CL-215, CL-415) as well as of the transport aircraft (C-130, C-27, AS332 Super Puma etc.) which are used in case of emergencies (fire-fighting, evacuation etc.), while all three Branches of the Armed Forces provide personnel and means for the efficient response in case of large/medium scale emergency situations, crisis and disasters. MOD objective is the comprehensive mid and long- term exploitation of the domestic state and private defense and security industry by the Armed Forces and the formation and participation with international key industry and R&D institutions in high value projects within the framework of FP7, EDA, NATO, FRONTEX and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, through making available resources to the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC).
The Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) is a dynamic, innovative public institution, dedicated to research and teaching. UPV is comprised of 15 centres. Today, over 42.000 members integrate our academic community: 37.800 of these are students, 2600 are teachers and 1700 belong to the administration and services personnel. The Distributed Real Time Systems Lab (DRTSL) belongs to the Communications Department (CD) the more important one within the UPV in terms of research projects development. The Distributed Real Time Systems Lab (DRTSL) has large expertise in the following research lines: Friendly Force Tracking (FFT) systems design and development, Video surveillance systems design and development, Systems integration and Satellite communications. DRTSL put the focus in the development of FFT systems with the value-added feature of multimedia streaming data, sensors integration and full equipment of the dismounted units’ development. UPV has developed SIMACOP system which has been acquired by the Spanish army as official FFT system in 2009 and it is fully deployed in both Afghanistan and Lebanon. Previous relevant experience in EU projects participation -PASR-107900-Mobile Autonomous Reactive Information system for Urgency Situations (MARIUS) -FP6-IST-34207-DYnamic VIsual NEtwork (DYVINE) -SEC6-PR-204100 Common intelligence and traceability for rescues & identification operations (CITRINE) -FP6-IST-27437-Enabler for Next Generation Service Delivery (MULTINET) -EDA project A-0352-RT-GCJIP-FP Wireless rObust Link for urban Force operation (WOLF) -SEC-2009-242361 BiO-dOSimetric Tools for triagE to Responders (BOOSTER) -SEC-2010-285533-Tactical Approach to Counter Terrorists in Cities (TACTICS) -FP7-SEC-2012-312721 “A DEcision Support Tool for Reconstruction and recovery and for the IntEroperability of international Relief units in case Of complex crises situations, including CBRN contamination risks” (DESTRIERO)
TRAGSA is an owned state company with 35 accumulated years of experience in environment, wildlife conservancy, engineering, agronomics, and forestry matters. It is the main instrument of national and regional authorities for wildland-fire fighting and prevention activities in Spain, and it plays a fundamental role in the attention of all sort of emergencies and natural disasters. The company runs fire heli-shuttled brigades, land teams, pump trucks’ teams and heavy machinery for fire fighting around the territory in Spain. It also runs prevention brigades around the Spanish territory, such as the State-dependant brigades (BRIF, EPRIF and BLP). A wide number of experts are in charge for these units, as well as for supporting management of wildland fire fighting operations, fire management and prescribed burns. Besides, TRAGSA provides training in extinction matters to thousands of professionals and to other regional or state agents involved in emergencies’ attention (e.g. Emergency Military Unit). The TRAGSA activity in wildfires is backed by the development of technological solutions for the management of fire fighting resources and planning, as well as by an active promotion of R&D. As a result, tools like the Fire Fighting Management EMERCARTO tool, play an important role in Spain as an instrument to the national authorities in wildfire fighting, as well as for the implementation of international cooperation mechanisms, such as the Sustainable Institutional Mechanism for Forest Fires control in Lebanon (AECID).Among the EU projects in forest fires issues, it is remarkable the participation of the company in FUME (FP7, 2010-13), SATFOR (INTERREG IVB Sudoe, 2011- 12), and VELIF (LIFE-Environmental project, 2002-04).
Linköping University (http://www.liu.se/) is exploring new fields and walking new paths. Since its foundation in the 1960s, the university has established itself as an innovative and modern institution in both education and research. It was first founded as an independent college in 1970, and in 1975 it became Sweden’s sixth university. Today, the university has 27,000 undergraduate students, 3,900 staff and faculty and a turnover of 3,200 MSEK.
The Department of Computer and Information Science (http://www.ida.liu.se/) is one of the largest departments for computer and information science in northern Europe, with about 195 employees of which about 63 are faculty members (PhDs), including 23 full professors. Research at the department covers abroad spectrum of topics from core computer science to applications, including cognitive science, cognitive systems, resilience engineering, human-machine interaction, simulation-based training, command-andcontrol systems, decision support, interaction and service design, software engineering, real-time and embedded systems, artificial intelligence, information security, information systems, and autonomous systems.
The department of Management and Engineering (http://www.iei.liu.se/) is the largest department at Linköping University, being interdisciplinary in character and hosting more than 470 employees. The research is conducted in a wide range of fields from management and politics to design and technology. The department further includes the Centre for Advanced Research in Emergency Response (CARER) which is financed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and which aims to consolidate and strengthen the university´s research in the risk, response and rescue areas. CARER activities are primarily directed towards research and training to deal with society’s response capacity in regular emergences as well as extraordinary events on local, national and global levels.
Being a company completely dedicated to Atmospheric Environment purposes, ARIA Technologies SA is a leading supplier of computerized modelling systems for the purpose of managing atmospheric environmentand sustainable development. ARIA Technologies offers an extended range of tools. This fact allows fullconfidence in the capacity to provide further developments, continuous support and potential extensions forthe systems provided to the final customer.
ARIA Technologies is an independent company, leader in its field in Europe. Its headquarters are located near Paris, with offices in France, a subsidiary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a sister company, ARIANET, in Milan, Italy. The company has expertise in Fluid Dynamics, Meteorology, Chemistry, Air Pollution,Computer Sciences, Databases and experience in the Environmental field.
ARIA Technologies has worked since the beginning of the Company’s activity with the Government sector, essentially in France, but also with Public Research Institutes in Italy, Japan and the USA. (IPSL InstitutPierre Simon Laplace, CNES, INERIS, EDF – The French National Electricity Board, NCAR (USA)).
The Ministry of Public Security was founded in 1948 as the Ministry of Police, immediately after Israel declared its independence. Formally, its Minister has three areas of responsibility – public security, law enforcement, and corrections – and the Ministry is the body through which he directs a number of executive agencies in his charge: the Israel Police, the Israel Prison Service, the Israel Anti-Drug and Alcohol Authority, the Israel Witness Protection Authority, and the National Fire and Rescue Commission. Fire and Rescue Commission The Fire and Rescue Commission has been operating under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Security since early 2011. The Fire and Rescue Commission is headed by the Commissioner, who is, according to law, the leading authority who provides professional guidance to the entire firefighting and rescuing alignment. Among the ranks subjected to the commissioner are: The Deputy Superintendent; the Deputy Firefighting Inspector; Head of the Operations Division; Head of the Safety and Fire Prevention Division; the Supervisor of Hazardous Substances and others. The commission holds various committees to address the different fields, which it is responsible for and which integrates commanders and officers from the firefighting alignment and other experts. The Purpose of the Firefighting and Rescuing Commission: To operate in every field of firefighting and preventing the spreading of fire; saving life and property; rescuing and saving during routine times and emergencies.
The Ministry of Interior – Department of Fire Corps, Public Rescue and Civil Defence organises and provides prevention, rescue and relief services activities in case of natural calamities or technological disasters.
The Department is active in two sectors: the Italian National Fire Corps and the civil defence – in close co-operation with the Civil Protection Department within the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Italian National Fire Corps is in charge of the protection of human life and the safeguard of property and environment from damages or potential damages caused by fire and other accidents, as well as from major industrial risks, including nuclear ones.
In particular, the Italian National Fire Corps carries out the following tasks:
- a) fire prevention and extinction and – in general – all emergency technical operations for the protection of human life and property;
- b) fire rescue in main national civil airports and harbours;
- c) training and deployment of units for the safeguard of civil population in case of natural disasters.
The Italian National Fire Corps carries out yearly some 630,000 interventions, while for its fire safety tasks it examines 200,000 technical projects, surveys 40,000 sites and approves 1,700 products and equipment items.