Police, medical units and civil protection agencies conduct search and rescue operations within a critical 72-hour timeframe from the occurrence of a natural or manmade disaster, to locate and rescue survivors often in immediate need of medical treatment or evacuation.
Instable structures and hazardous environments render search and rescue operations extremely dangerous for both survivors and first responders. For example, physical, chemical, and biological hazards, poor visibility, logistic challenges, poor or damaged infrastructure, and limited knowledge of available resources make it difficult to detect survivors or recognize potential risks to first responders.
Armouring public safety services with up to date technology is critical to ensure the efficiency and efficacy of search and rescue operations.
How can we better equip search and rescue teams to improve the efficiency and efficacy of rescue operations?
The INGENIOUS project will develop, integrate, test, deploy and validate a Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT) for collaborative response.
The toolkit comprises a multitude of tools and services that are required to protect the health, safety and security of first responders, including:
These tools will enhance first responders’ operational capacities by equipping them with the means to conduct various response tasks and missions with
Trilateral assesses the ethical, privacy, and data risks that need to be considered in the development of the INGENIOUS Toolkit for the First Responder of the Future.
Trilateral considers the risks of developing new technologies for search and rescue operations and what measures are needed to mitigate these risks and ensure the health, safety and security of first response teams and victims in disaster scenarios.
Trilateral engages technical experts, lawyers, civil servants, privacy advocates, human rights experts, and first responders to identify privacy, social and ethical risks in the development and deployment of the Next Generation Integrated Toolkit (NGIT), focusing on doing no harm, and possible side effects of technological solutions (e.g., discrimination).
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