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Management of Forest Fires

In recent years, the frequency of wild fires has increased significantly owing to a number of factors including the effects of climate change, urbanisation, poor landscape management and malevolent acts. These so-called “Mega-fires” are particularly destructive and difficult to control with the technologies and systems currently available to fire fighters and emergency agencies. The AF3 project sought to improve the  efficiency of fire-fighting operations by developing innovative technologies in the area of early detection and monitoring, advanced aerial firefighting and major emergency co-ordination.


For more information see: AF3 Project

A range of AF3 project Webinars and presentations are on AF3 project Youtube channel: AF3 


Platform for European Medical Support during major Emergencies.

The PULSE initiative was designed to enable Europe to effectively prepare and to respond efficiently to the pandemic diseases or other major incidents with a large number of casualties.

The European Health Service includes hospitals, community health services, pre-hospital emergency care services, medical suppliers, rescue services, health related voluntary services and others. These are the core emergency response services to major threats (pandemic disease, major terrorism attacks). The PULSE project sought to explore how the EHS can adopt new technologies and innovations to better prepare and respond to a major medical emergency.  Within PULSE a range of software tools were developed to improve the early detection of pandemics, streamline patient triage and missing person identification

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Better monitoring of European Borders Via Optimised Maritime Surveillance Services

The EU-funded project SAGRES (Services activations for growing Eurosure’s success) objective was to assist the EU security services including FRONTEX and EMSA better monitor European waters.

SAGRES sought to use space satellite capability and earth observation imagery to better track vessel movements and detect suspicious activity. Specifically, project partners tested and validated the technology available for monitoring non-European coasts that have been identified as regular departure points for migrant boats.


For more information see: Cordis

Augmented Reality Hololens


Prototype a Media Helmet for MobiPV Implemented Using MS Hololens

The MobiPV augmented reality project (AR) was conceived as a way to clearly identify the critical areas where AR technology can add value, as well as to start the definition of a generic architecture and workflow (going from Space Engineering Data to the final AR application) in order to fit AR technologies within the Space domain. Today, ESA’s astronauts use it to help them prepare for life on the International Space Station, practicing space walks and operating payloads in zero-gravity – all while never leaving the ground. AR actively works with the user’s circumstances; superimposing digital information directly on real objects, settings and maps and allowing people to process the digital and physical simultaneously, improving their ability to absorb it, make decisions and act more quickly.

The objective of the activity is to complement the current flight operator interface with a wireless media helmet. The media helmet shall be the commercial item Microsoft Hololens. The software will implement a Natural User Interface (NUI), that is a conventional graphical user interface (GUI) on the Hololens display surface, complemented with speech input / output, and gesture recognition for user interface commanding.


For more information see: ESA

Marine EO

Development of Earth Observation Services

Marine-Earth Observation (EO) initiative is designed to procure and support the development of EO-based services, bringing incremental and radical innovations in the field of maritime awareness and leveraging on the existing EU Satellite Copernicus Services and other products from the Copernicus portfolio. The Sat-surveillance service will provide two feature services focusing on both Unusual/Irregular activity monitoring around a Critical Infrastructure and Enhanced Change Detection.

Maritime “Awareness” is a top priority for the European Union. It is sought either in regards of maritime security, border control against irregular immigration and safety of navigation or in regards of the marine environment and climate change.

More information on the project is available at:


Security, Reliability and Resilience for ICT systems

PRECYSE is an European research funded project that defines, develops and validates a methodology, an architecture and a set of technologies and tools to improve –by design– the security, reliability and resilience of the ICT systems supporting the Critical Infrastructures. This goal can be mapped into a set of specific Scientific and Technical objectives:

  • To specify a methodology in order to identify the assets, associated threats and vulnerabilities to thus improve the level of security for CI.
  • To specify and develop a security architecture that improves resilience.
  • Develop a set of tools and technologies for the protection of CI and the prevention of cyber-attacks against them.
  • Develop a set of tools and technologies for the early warning of attacks to CI and the issuing of countermeasures.

For more information see: Precyse


Deployable SAR Integrated Chain with Unmanned Systems

Unmanned systems can now be used to enhance first responder capabilities and intervene in hazardous areas for example search and rescue at sea.  The main objective of DARIUS was to identify a range of unmanned systems and integrate them to allow a co-ordinated unmanned response to emergency situations.   A Generic Ground Station to manage and co-ordinate unmanned systems was developed.

For more information see: Cordis Factsheet


Improving Maritime Border Surveillance

PERSEUS was a large scale demonstration project in the area of EU Maritime surveillance aimed at monitoring  illegal migration and other criminal activity at sea.  The EU Maritime surveillance System sought to identify, test and integrate innovative technologies and satellite capability to improve the monitoring and surveillance of European waters by the generation of a common situational picture.

For more information see: Cordis Factsheet


Satellite-based Maritime Surveillance of the Atlantic and Artic Sea areas

ANISTIAMO is an ESA/ESRIN funded project addressing challenges in satellite-based maritime surveillance from the Atlantic to the Artic Sea areas. The project builds on previous research that focused on satellite derived information for maritime security and surveillance.  Using newly launched satellite EO technology and emerging data provision techniques images of the sea can be retrieved. These can then further processed using improved data fusion and analysis techniques to determine vessel locations and correlated with positional information emitted from vessels; resulting in improved surveillance and detection of suspect vessels or behaviour.


For more information see: Anistiamo


ESA Portal Collaborative Working Environment

Skytek built a collaborative working environment (CWE) for ESTECs Concurrent Design Facility (CDF). This facility supports the design and development of large complex ESA hardware systems, by providing a facility where scientists and engineers can share trouble short and information on system design. Skytek’s Collaborative Working Environment (CWE) is a web portal designed to provide the CDF with the latest in collaborative and communication software and infrastructure to support the exchange of information between personnel both at the CDF and remote users.

For more information see: ESA


E-Collaboration for Earth Observation

The E-Collaboration for Earth Observation (E-CEO) project addresses the technologies and architectures needed to provide a collaborative research platform for automating data mining and information extraction experiments. 

The platform serves for the implementation of open contests focusing on Information Extraction for EO applications. The possibility to implement – through the contests – different approaches and algorithms in a common Software Environment (provided by the collaborative platform) facilitates the comparison and the evaluation between different methodologies, which is one of the main requirements requested by scientific experts who develop algorithms in the EO field. 

The E-CEO main objective is to provide a collaborative research platform for:

  1. Automation of data mining and information extraction experiments;
  2. Generation of reproducible results that can be easily shared;
  3. Addressing specific scientific challenges and tackling new research problems in a “parallel and collaborative way”.

For more information see: ECEO


Space Technology Adapted to Help Irish Fire Fighters

The RESPOND project enabled the Dublin Fire Brigade using mobile communication technology, originally developed for astronauts on the International Space Station, to gain crucial information about emergency situations while on route to accident scenes. The new system, for example, allows an emergency crew travelling to a fire to download the layout of the building, identifying where the hydrants are located and what chemicals may be inside.  Respond empowers firefighters to better prepare, intervene faster, saving precious time and possibly lives.


For more information see: ESA


Mobile Procedure Viewer

Skytek is developing the second generation of mobiPV project with the European Space Agency (ESA).  The MobiPV project brings IPV to a smartphone to allow greater mobility & flexibility for the astronauts, but also to add extra features, such as two-way video communication and real time collaboration.

mobiPV technology offers wireless operation, voice navigation and real-time video streaming of crew work activities as well as procedures. The system is  aimed at  optimizing crew efficiency on board the ISS.


For information see: NASA


ESA Voice Guided Procedural Execution

On future missions into deep space, humans and machines will need to work together to handle unexpected, complex and potentially hazardous situations without help from Earth.  CRUISE is a technology/crew operations demonstration experiment for voice guided procedure execution system.   The CRUISE project demonstrated voice-guided teamwork between crew and computer. This project is aimed at improving astronaut efficiency on long missions when movement is limited.


For more information see: NASA


Data Analytics of Space Weather Events

The FOREST system was developed to support the study of the effects of the Sun on our Solar System. The project aimed at addressing  some of the issues and limitations of current systems by enhancing the  integration, searching  and visualisation observations from different instruments on a single spacecraft and the more complex task of using multi-spacecraft observations.


IPV: Tailoring Procedures & Tasks

IPV is being used intensively on a day-to-day basis to provide advanced crew support. 

This project sought to streamline astronauts workflow to ensure that only steps  that are actually required to perform an activity are provided to the astronaut.   XTP allows ground support to quickly and easily tailor a task to optimise efficient astronaut task execution


Federated Security Shield for Maritime Security

International co-operation is essential in order to effectively management maritime waters.  Numerous agencies are involved including coastguards, customs, maritime police, border police immigration office, fishery inspectorate etc.  The main goal of FedSS was to provide an IT infrastructure to support the sharing of sensitive information on a secure need-to-share basis.   


For more information see:  ITEA-3