I-REACT is a Horizon 2020 3-year project funded by the European Commission under the Secure Society Work Programme (H2020-DRS-01-2015, agreement No. 700256) that integrates existing services, both local and European, into a platform that supports the entire emergency management cycle. In particular, I-REACT will implement a multi-hazard system with a focus on floods, fires and extreme weather events, as they are the most impacting natural hazard affected by climate change.
I-REACT aims to develop a solution through the integration and modelling of data coming multiple sources. Information from European monitoring systems, earth observations, historical information and weather forecasts will be combined with data gathered by new technological developments created by I-REACT. This includes a mobile application and a social media (Twitter) analysis tool to account for real-time crowdsourced information, drones to improve mapping, wearables to improve positioning, as well as augmented reality glasses to facilitate reporting and information visualization by first responders. With this approach, leveraging on AI technologies, I-REACT will be able to empower stakeholders in the prevention and management of disasters. Citizens will be involved in reporting first-hand information, policymakers will be supported in the decision-making process, and first responders will be equipped with essential tools for early warning and response.
To reach its objectives, I-REACT brings together a multidisciplinary team of 20 European partners, including SMEs, universities, research centres, public bodies and UNESCO, in a collective effort to better prevent and better manage disasters.