beAWARE is more than a crisis management platform that will help authorities, first responders and citizens in extreme weather events. Instead of that, the platform can be seen as a combination of different components offering a variety of tools and functionalities, some of which represent promising innovations to the current State of Art technologies.
beAWARE integrates several independent components creating a usable system for performing in real case scenarios. It encompasses high-end technologies and machine learning capabilities such as advanced automated processes for obtaining information from text messages, social media and voice calls; a classification mechanism to process weather and other multimodal data and to generate early warnings and real-time alerts; computer vision and deep learning techniques to detect crisis events in visual content; automatic drone routing and piloting for receiving valuable information from aerial imagery; case-based reasoning and decision support algorithms for crisis management; and automatic generation of multilingual reports to transform all the above into linguistic information to the authorities.
During the three years of the project’s lifetime, 3 prototypes have been implemented, demonstrated through three large scale pilots and thoroughly evaluated during the three development cycles of the project. The consortium has published 45 papers in conferences and workshops giving an overall boost to science in the field of Crisis Management. A focused Network of Interested (NoI) was established to support the direct liaison with relevant stakeholders and to engage them in the project activities that reached 149 members. In the exploitation level, beAWARE has demonstrated its achievements by participating in scientific and industrial exhibitions, workshop and events Finally, a joint exploitation plan has been formed in order to support further promotion and exploitation of the system and a permanent demo environment will be established after the completion of the project to demonstrate the use of the system to potentially interested parties.
Overall, the project has built on its strong scientific outcomes and has successfully resulted in a system able to provide services structured around the disaster management cycle of prevention, preparedness, and response with main focus on the three use cases defined to encapsulate the operational scenarios of the project.