We are one year closer to having the most advanced technological solution to prevent and fight disasters. This was the impression after the meeting held at the Finnish Meteorological Institute premises, on the 22nd and 23rd of June. At the event, the 20 partners of the I-REACT consortium reviewed the progress of the work and agreed on the next steps towards the finalisation of a emergency management system to be validated in real scenarios next year.

At the moment, the project is deeply immersed in the implementation phase, with intense activity in the three technical work packages that are the core of I-REACT. As part of the initial effort, the project has been actively working on the integration of existing data sources and systems related to natural hazards, in particular floods and fires, to fuel the overall system with useful information. These data sources includes existing ones such as Copernicus or local EMS as well as the Sentinell-1 satellite, whereas other information is currently being generated, such as the I-REACT historical disaster database. 

Discussion around the creation of the historical disaster database led by Gunter Zeug (Terranea).

Sequentially, several partners are working on how to model these data to extract additional valuable information, which include climate change and weather forecast models or social media analysis. Finally, this information will be channelled and made available to end-users thorugh serveral technologies including a decision support system, a web interface, or, remarkably, a wearable for which the first prototype is available.

Presentation of the I-REACT wearable prototype by Srdjan Tadic (Bitgear).

Overall, the progress of the work has been very successful and the increasingly stong consortium is facing the coming efforts with the confidence that an effective solution to disasters will be market-ready in less than 2 years time.

Group photo of the I-REACT team at the Finnish Meteorological Institute premises.

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