Driver+ Objectives and activitiesDRIVER+ is committed to deliver and make sustainable three main things by April 2020: a pan-European Test-bed for Crisis Management capability development, a Portfolio of Solutions and a shared understanding in Crisis Management across Europe. Towards these objectives, several activities are planned from 2017 to 2020.
To develop a pan-European Test-bed for Crisis Management capability development enabling practitioners to create a space in which stakeholders can collaborate in testing and evaluating new products, tools, processes or organisational solutions.
To develop a Portfolio of Solutions in the form of a database-driven website that aims at documenting all DRIVER+ solutions. These will be tested via trials during the project lifetime. Ultimately, the Portfolio of Solutions will be opened up to any external organisations willing to share data and experiences of solutions
To foster a shared understanding in Crisis Management across Europe, through the enhancement of the cooperation framework.
A pan-European Test-Bed for Crisis Management capability development
a pragmatic step-by-step guidance to conduct trials
a reference implementation for all DRIVER+ trials
general guidance and technical infrastructure of the Test-bed to support the trials
A demonstration infrastructure
A Portfolio of Solutions
Open to third party solutions
USER EXPERIENCE SHARING
Four series of trials were organised (respectively in Poland, France Austria, The Netherlands). During a trial, solutions were operationalised and tested. They were based on updated Crisis Management gaps and practitioners needs and benefited from the DRIVER+ Test-bed component. All the results were made available in the PoS. The main practitioners’ needs addressed were Cross-Border Tasking and Resource Management, High Level Coordination, Volunteer Management and Situation Assessment and Logistics.
INNOVATION FOR CRISIS MANAGEMENT (I4CM) EVENTS
Building upon the past two editions of the event, two additional Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) events were organised in Warsaw and Copenhagen to address the Crisis Management practitioners and stakeholders at regional level, therefore providing a relay towards the EU level and complementing initiatives such as the Community of Users. These I4CM event provided a unique local exchange forum on practitioners’ needs and solutions to address pressing regional issues to be solved, identify best practices, foster synergies, and address issues of common interest. Exchanges were focused on needs of practitioners, already available promising solutions to address them and those that were still to be developed. Finally, these kind of events provided a relay towards the European level and will therefore support the Community of Users initiative.
POLICY-RESEARCH DIALOGUE ROUNDTABLES
In order to strengthen the Policy-Research Dialogue on research and demonstration activities in Crisis Management, and to increase the EU added value of the DRIVER+ trials, three Policy- Research roundtables were organised. Their purpose was to involve policy makers before the trials and final demonstration, to allow exchanges on the potential EU policies to be addressed and the involvement of DG Home, DG ECHO/ ERCC staff members, but also to allow exchanges on the results and potential policy implications.
Towards the end of the project, a final demonstration, organised in Poland and The Hague, showcased the selected solutions and their efficiency and explicitly addressed the added value the European Commission and the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) can bring into play in the particular crisis scenarios addressing these needs. The event was built upon the results of the trials and the lessons learnt from reference implementations and design validation of the Test-bed and presented the potential of a more integrated high-level CM system in Europe.
From 19th-20th February 2020, the Final Conference was organized in Brussels to communicate on the project final results. The Conference brought together over 220 Crisis Management specialists, academics and technology developers from throughout Europe and beyond and celebrated major achievements and successes.
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