The main objective of Trial 3 is to find solutions overcoming shortcomings and limitations in the management and monitoring of spontaneous as well as affiliated volunteers on the crises scene in terms of location, tasking, capabilities and duration of operations but also ability to merge and synthesise disparate data sources and models in real time (e.g. visualisation of resources, spreading models, tactical situation, critical assets map, damaged objects/infrastructure etc.) to support incident commander decision making and exchanging crisis-related information among agencies.
Trial 3 also tries to find solutions for providing psychosocial support and interaction with population (e.g. foster communication capabilities, registration of affected people, provide safety information, etc.). Trial 3 will be prepared and conducted as a field exercise along a European Civil Protection Exercise (EUCP-EX) in Erzberg (Styria/Austria).
Additionally Driver+ in Trial 3 aims at validating the methodology and solutions produced by DRIVER+ project to benefit and enhance by systematisation the already existing best practices of organising exercises, trials and tests.
The Trial will be carried under the framework of a European civil protection exercise (EUCP-EX). The Trial will be organized as a multi-day field exercise in parallel to the EUCP-EX. The EUCP-EX will be organized as a Large Scale European Civil Protection exercise. National emergency organizations will be present with their volunteers and experts while making use of equipment, vehicles and tools in simulated disasters scenarios.
The Trial will evaluate a selection of tools contributing to international or national CM processes addressing the Crises Management dimension, especially in the fields of:
- Volunteer management;
- Interoperability (e.g. exchanging of information)
- Improvement of crises management tasks
- Representation of information and communication with public
- Assessment and Evaluation of operational performance
Therefore technically, solutions are expected to address the following capability needs (also in relation to identified Gaps as presented in section 2.1 – Gaps Analysis):
- Volunteer Management: in the sense of management of spontaneous as well as affiliated volunteers on the crises scene in terms of location, tasking, capabilities and duration of operations.
- Real-time data and information fusion to support incident commander decision-making: ability to merge and synthesise disparate data sources and models in real time (e.g. visualisation of resources, spreading models, tactical situation, critical assets map, damaged objects/infrastructure etc.) to support incident commander decision making and exchanging crisis-related information among agencies.
- Incorporating information from multiple and non-traditional sources: Reporting of dangerous areas and situation overview from multiple and non-traditional sources (e.g. crowdsourcing and social media) into response operations.
- Psychosocial support: Having the capability to measure stress and/or improving the communication and the awareness of psychological stress of those affected, especially spontaneous and affiliated volunteers.
- Interaction with the population: as including e.g. 1). Micro-learning capabilities to communicate to the population safety information and recommendations what they can do during a crisis. 2). Registration of affected people. 3). Delivering information from the public to the emergency management authorities.
- Evaluation: crisis management evaluation methodology/tools for performance assessment and how to learn from self-experience.