B-Sure Benefiting from Space for Urban Resilience Excellence

Project’s Partners

  1. AnsuR (Norway)
  2. Johanniter (Germany)
  3. iGeotec (Ireland)
  4. DroneSAR (Ireland)
  5. UNITAR (Geneva)

Background

Based on a current platform called ASIGN, listed as one of United Nations Information Management tools for disasters, and in use by Oslo Police for security, B-SURE will develop user-driven functional capabilities and technical solutions for providing commercial services for target markets.
The B-SURE project is supported by the UN, who will be acting as a developing partner, reference user and possible future client.

 

B-Sure Logo

What is B-Sure

B-SURE is about creating urban resilience by providing novel situational awareness capabilities for faster and better response in in critical situations related to disaster management and security.

By fusing information from space spaced EO observations, Unmanned vehicles (drones) and geospatial images from the ground communicated from smartphones, via satellite communications if needed, B-SURE creates a portal providing unique common operational picture for United Nations and other professional disaster management organizations.

Objective

to reduce disaster management response time

B-SURE Services

The main B-SURE service is rapid collection and bandwidth efficient secure communication of operationally relevant field information. The baseline field platform is a smartphone, while information managers access data and interact with the field users via Web browsers online on secure servers. The field users cover professionals, civil population and small UAV operators.

The B-SURE service forms a unique basis for a rapidly updated visual situational awareness service with photos and video and associated data sources. While user needs are clearly present, a large commercial market can be challenging to acquire. Therefore, suitably flexible service and delivery models will be developed, supporting both partner and direct sales.

B-SURE will provide an innovative solution based of photos/images and video collected from the field to:

  1. Improve visual situational awareness (e.g. damage and needs assessment after an Earthquake), via better collection and communication of relevant photos and video content from the field (i.e. non-essential data need not be sent).
  2. Improve the relevance and effect of collected data, as the bandwidth savings also saves time to transfer data, making it much more efficient to interact with the field observers or drone pilots while data capture is done.
  3. Improve training of professional in the field (this includes pilots of UAVs) about how to best acquire useful photo/videos in the field. This is usually done prior to a crisis
  4. Support remote pilots of UAVs to be more effective to collect useful photos and videos. This is typically done real-time during the critical operations
  5. Embed the useful data from Videos/Photos and Earth Observation in overlaying pictures/maps generated as well with the support of EO data
  6. Finally, provide access to the visual situational awareness tool via a web-based service accessible to users via smartphones and PCs connected to Internet.

HOW does B-Sure work

Merging experience and expertise both from software developers and professional disaster managers, B-SURE utilizes a concept using interactive communication, where a smaller image or video storyboard is sent initially, allowing the receive side to pull the required details in full precision. The savings imply 1% of the cost and 100 times increase in speed. This capability is a unique core element for the B-SURE geo-spatial visual situational awareness that is combined with rapid mapping from latest satellite EO data. We apply Computer Vision and Machine Learning to complement and assist the analysts and decision makers.

The project has also developed mission critical video conferencing that can support users joining from the field with low bandwidth, even using mobile satellite communications. the video conferences combined with live drone video feeds, photo communications and live mapping.

 

B-SURE product videos : link

DroneSAR

iGEOTEC

 

For more detailed information please visit the following websites:

Project’s webpage: link

the first online hackathon #HackHEUREKA

European University Cyprus and CERIDES are excited to announce the implementation of the 1st online hackathon #HackHEUREKA, within the framework of the DG-ECHO – funded project HEUREKA.
Six (6) scholarships are available for the winners of #HackHEUREKA:  The scholarships are kindly offered by European University Cyprus.

 

Full information about #HackHEUREKA is available at the following link:

https://cerides.euc.ac.cy/general/hackheureka-a-hackathon-to-improve-community-preparedness/

the link to the attached flyer is here

The formal registrations for #HackHEUREKA is through the following link:

https://bit.ly/3C3NHZn

Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) Symposium 10.Dec.2021

Save the date 10.12.2021

 

On the 10th of December 2021, the virtual Symposium on Integrating Disaster Risk Management with Emergency Services and Defence to Reduce Avoidable Disaster Deaths will be held.

The Aim:

To focus on bringing together emergency services and defence in the Caribbean region (e.g., from the Army, Navy, Fire Services, etc.) and to cover the voices of the responders in reducing avoidable disaster deaths, and what lessons can be learned to improve practice.

 

D.M.A.T Consulting KG is one of the organizer Partners during this Symposium.

Prof Dr. Alois Hirschmugl from D.M.A.T Consulting KG  is the Co-chair, lecturer, speaker and discussant.

Prof Dr. Alois Hirschmugl will talk about the Use of Military and Civil Defence Assets in disaster response operations

 

To know more about the (ADN) Symposium including the Timetable, Partners and the participation’s Link please visit the following websites:

Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) http://www.avoidable-deaths.net

Symposium: https://www.avoidable-deaths.net/events-2/symposium/

The Concept Note’s Link

or follow their social-Media platforms:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AvoidableDeathsNetwork

Twitter: @AvoidableN

Meet an expert: Prof. Dr. Alois Hirschmugl

Two months ago, Prepared International has started an interview series called “ Meet an Expert” where people from a global pool of disaster management experts share their knowledge in this field.

 

This week the expert guest is Prof. Dr. Alois Hirschmugl talking about “Civil Military coordination (CMCoord)” and the main challenges based on his experience.

To see the full interview please click here

 

19-20 MAY 2021 | World Humanitarian Forum London Hybrid Event

Global Reset

 

World Humanitarian Forum London will analyse the future of humanitarianism, what the “Global Reset” will mean for humanitarian aid and international development and what exactly will a ‘Global Reset’ look like? WHF London will create a series of conversations across 2 days to interrogate global challenges and chart the practical steps required to create more resilient, equal societies and reimagine a world beyond the pandemic.

The conversations are co-located with the World Humanitarian Forum, Aid & Trade, International Disaster Management Exhibition & Emergency Show and delegates have access to all of these events without any further registration.

 

Prof. Dr. Alois Hirschmugl from D.M.A.T Consulting KG is one of the speakers among others on the first day of this event.

Prof. Dr. Alois says: After 2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean, nearly half of the 14 Billion US $ pledges in disaster funding involved programs implemented by NGOs.

For me it is essential to include NGO´s in disaster response and recovery for the sake of people suffering most after such events.”

 

At the beginning of the session, Dr. Alois briefly explained how “the cooperation between NGOs and the government for effective disaster response and recovery can be improved and the cooperation between the aid agencies and the local government” and then he addressed some important aspects such as:

  • how useful it is to have NGOs in disaster areas.
  • Will they help or hinder the operating system because they may not be well trained or equipped?

And much more valuable information. To see the full session, please click on the window below.

Co-located events 2021

World Humanitarian Forum London 2021

The World Humanitarian Forum is a global call for action and brings together prominent leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as international thought leaders and pioneers from global aid and international development communities to engage in inspirational, thought-provoking, and future-focused dialogues which aim to shape the future of humanitarian aid and international development to help improving the lives of millions in need. This is an international knowledge exchange at the intersection of government, aid, development, future and innovation.

The Covid-19 crisis brought the world to a sudden standstill. The economic impacts continue to look worse each day. Hard-won democratic rights and freedoms were already being challenged before the pandemic struck and are even more at risk now. The crisis has also exposed a lack of global cooperation and collective leadership.

The pandemic has radically altered much of our lives around the world in both the short and long term. It raised the stakes, accelerating the need for systemic change and radical yet realistic measures to recalibrate social values and provide more sustainable and equitable pathways for the future. The consequences that have unfolded serve as a reminder that efforts to reduce poverty, fight climate change and create an economy that works for all require bold change.

The world today has a unique opportunity to move from marginal changes to transformative re-development. Using decentralised models of growth, building on opportunities provided by digitalisation and artificial intelligence could ensure climate-friendly sustainable development with a more equitable distribution of wealth.

 

IDME 2021 – 19-20 May London

IDME is a major-scale exhibition that showcases special equipment, technologies and services for disaster prevention, response, recovery, and resilience.

  • Meet with leading decision-makers in the sector and global procurement and government buyer groups.
  • Network with authorities such as government leaders, major NGOs, INGOs, and global policymakers.
  • Share our venue floor with innovative suppliers of specialist products and services and explore the latest trends.

 

Aid&Trade 2021 – 19-20 May London

Aid&Trade features panel discussions, tech demos, conferences and workshops with an exhibition aimed at showcasing the latest humanitarian aid products and services. It brings together NGOs, procurement officials as well as the private and public sector and anyone interested in the future of aid.

Aid&Trade London, now in its 5th year, is the fastest-growing humanitarian event of its kind. It brings together major stakeholders working across the Global Aid and the International Development Industry.

 

Emergency Show 2021 – 19-20 May London

A unique and international platform for the world’s emergency services community and the blue light sector.

Emergency Show, now in its 3rd year, is London’s annual trade exhibition for the Blue Light Sector. It brings together the most influential decision-makers and all those dealing with emergency response globally, including:

  • Government Departments
  • Ministries of Health
  • Ministries of Internal Affairs
  • Police Departments
  • Fire Brigades
  • NGOs, INGOs,
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Leads

 

Get in touch

LinkedIn – @World Humanitarian Forum

@International Disaster Management Exhibition

@Emergency Show