In case of a disaster, the rapid, effective and efficient response of first responders is crucial for saving lives. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology can aid emergency management in complementing existing systems used in first response missions. The EU-funded RESPONDRONE project aims at developing a multi-UAS platform for first responders to enhance their situation awareness.
This technical report illustrates the work carried out in the first reporting period M1 – M21 (1st May 2019 – 31st January 2021) in the frame of the RESPONDONE project. This report entails a high-level summary of the work performed in order to achieve the RESPONDRONE objectives (section 1.1) and includes as well an overview of the work carried out per work package. In addition, an update on the dissemination and exploitation activities within RESPONDRONE will be provided while a detailed description and justification of deviations from the DoA during the reporting period will be presented too.
In general, the project is proceeding as planned and the project’s objectives are expected to be accomplished on time.
However, given that the COVID-19 pandemic has an impact on all aspects of life and sectors of activities at global scale, RESPONDRONE could not be an exception. The completion of some Deliverable Reports was delayed while RESPONDRONE project events (Demo-Site Visit in Corsica, France in June and table top training exercise in Thessaloniki, Greece in November) were postponed. Especially challenging is the uncertainty of the evolution of the pandemic in 2021 since it may lead to further delays for certain domains of the RESPONDRONE project, particularly events that cannot be managed remotely.