ResponDrone demonstrates to EU policy makers how it can assist first responders in crisis situations

February 5, 2020

The ResponDrone Project was presented to EU policymakers at the first Secure Societies “Project To Policy” kick-off seminar, which was held in the European Commission Research Executive Agency (REA) facilities in Brussels on January 31, 2020.

Project coordinator Joonas Lieb from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) presented the project’s objectives and vision on assisting first responders in crisis situations.

The meeting was organized for projects within the Horizon 2020 (H2020) framework which started in 2018. In H2020, the DRS02 cluster focuses on future disaster concepts. ResponDrone and other projects in the cluster, including INGENIOUS, ASSISTANCE, FASTER and others, were able to foster their contacts with EU policymakers by providing a detailed overview of each project.

Project To Policy kick-off seminar
Representatives of H2020 DRS02 cluster discuss future disaster concepts at Secure Societies seminar in Brussels

“The ResponDrone Project is using innovative technologies and services to serve the necessities and requirements of First Responders in the field,” Lieb said. “The seminar was an excellent opportunity to establish a more effective communication network between EU policymakers and EU-funded research projects.”

ResponDrone Project’s mission is to enable emergency response teams to respond more rapidly, effectively and efficiently to an emergency or disaster and therefore save more lives. The fleet of drones operated by the ResponDrone platform will provide enhanced capabilities to support mission assessment, search and rescue operations, as well as forest firefighting.