RESCUER (2020: H2020-SU-SEC-2018-2019-2020)

Funding Organization: European Commission
Funding Programme: H2020-SU-SEC-2018-2019-2020
Funding Instrument: Research & Innovation Action
Start Date: -
Duration: 36 months
Total Budget: 6,984,803 EUR
ITI Budget: 706,750 EUR

RESCUER aims to design and develop a First-Responder-centered technology toolkit that will empower the next-generation of First Responders (FR) by enhancing their operational capacity and safety, specifically in adverse conditions, both environmental and infrastructure-wise. Adopting the “HERO” (enHanced nEw eRa first respOnder) concept, RESCUER will deliver a toolkit offering (1) sense augmentation through enhanced sensorial input, (2) precise and infrastructure-less selfpositioning, (3) cognitive support and multi-sense AR interfaces, improving their focus and capability to utilise information and (4) robust ad-hoc intra-team communications for both verbal and data exchanges, all delivered over enhanced power and communication autonomy features. Extending the above capabilities, through the concept of a building black box, RESCUER will also introduce the capability of extracting environment information “in situ and infrastructure-wise”, during a disaster. The project will achieve these goals using lightweight, non-obtrusive, and natural interaction with devices and sensors that offer additional information layers augmenting human sensing and operational capabilities, rendering FRs better aware of their surrounding conditions and able to make fast and efficient decisions to remain safe in the line of duty. RESCUER will employ a rigorous process for validating the tools developed, through field tests and three distinct pilots, supervising progression to new technologies and ensuring their adoption by FRs through iterative feedback acquisition and a
dedicated provision for reducing cognitive overload. The ultimate goal of RESCUER is to introduce the next generation of FRs, who will be better protected, connected and situationally aware, with enhanced operational capacity and able to efficiently operate in infrastructure-less environments without power and communications network. 

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Immerse, Interact, Investigate

Funding Organization: European Commission
Funding Programme: Horizon H2020
Funding Instrument: Research and Innovation Action
Start Date: June 1, 2020
Duration: 36 months
Total Budget: 6,866,503.75 EUR
ITI Budget: 465,500.00 EUR

Infinity’s ambition is to become a flagship project against society’s most pressing cybercriminal, terrorist and hybrid threats. Synthesising the latest innovations in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning with big data and visual analytics, Infinity will deliver an integrated solution that aims to revolutionise data driven investigations. Bringing together a strong representation from national and supranational agencies with an end user-driven design, it will directly address the core needs of contemporary law enforcement. Specifically, it will equip investigators and analysts with cutting-edge tools to acquire, process, visualise and act upon the enormous quantities of data they are faced with every day. Bolstered by cognitive research, automated systems and instinctive interfaces and controls, Infinity will be designed and developed to maximise the potential of individual investigators. On a collective level, the immersive collaborative environment offered by Infinity will enable co-located and remote LEA cooperation in ways that have not yet been realised. This end-to-end system for LEA operations will cover the full investigative cycle, including generating reports for decision-makers and admissible evidence to demonstrate to juries and judges. Ultimately, the solutions offered by Infinity will propel LEAs ahead of traditional and evolving complex, hybrid and transnational threats and protect the societies they serve.

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AuThoring tooL for indoor Augmented and dimiNished realiTy experIenceS

Funding Organization: European Commission
Funding Programme: Horizon H2020
Funding Instrument: Innovation Action
Start Date: July 1, 2020
Duration: 20 months
Total Budget: 1,756,769 EUR
ITI Budget: 355,625 EUR

In many application areas including interior design, furniture retailing or renovation, communication with a customer or a future user during the planning and design phase is crucial to select the right products and configurations. Newly emerged immersive technologies, such AR, can transform this process by allowing communication in a more intuitive and interactive manner. However, creating AR experiences is a cumbersome procedure as functionalities to support content creators to place virtual content within real-world scenes are imprecise and unhandy to use, and at the same time requires a high level of expertise and IT skills. To that end, ATLANTIS will provide a unique AR-authoring tool which will enable non-expert users to easily create natural and persistent AR experiences, which combined with Diminished Reality (DR) will eventually offer unique visual experiences, allowing design professionals to convey efficiently their concepts and ideas.

ATLANTIS will support the content creation workflow in all of its stages while at the same time will leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate more productive and effective content creation, by automatically generating layouts and supporting designers in idea generation. Finally, beyond the democratisation of AR technology which will allow Europe’s SMEs to easily exploit it and capitalise on it, ATLANTIS will look for collaboration with the XR4ALL CSA in order to strengthen Europe’s XR community, by actively contributing to the XR4all existing platform.

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