There were 4,500 victims of the 15 most destructive events of 2019.

How to deal with the next flood, storm or earthquake?

According to CyberEthics Lab., there are two main ways to deal with both disasters caused by humans or nature and mitigate the number of victims: adequate and timely prevention and intervention.

CyberEthics Lab. has always fought Climate change believing that the first phase of prevention starts with the timely adoption of virtuous and environmentally friendly behaviour. In fact, according to Kat Kramer, co-author of the latest report “Counting the Cost 2019: a year of climate breakdown” released by the NGO Christian Aid : “2020 will be a crucial year for the way the world will respond to the growing climate crisis, so it becomes essential that nations improve and renew their commitments to act and fulfil the Paris agreements as soon as possible “.

In this respect, CyberEthics Lab. renews its commitment to prevention and, as member partner of the ASSISTANCE project, our Company study how to improve the effectiveness of first aid interventions, guaranteeing the protection of operators. Indeed, ASSISTANCE is a project focused precisely on enhancing the ability of first responders to operate safely in very different disaster scenarios. The project, in addition to identifying and defining new models of cooperation between the different types of first responder organizations for the mitigation of major (natural or human-made) disasters, also improves their ability to deal with complex situations related to different types of accidents.

ASSISTANCE offers a holistic solution that adapts a well-tested Situational Awareness platform. This platform uses advanced technologies, such as UAVs,  wearable intelligent sensors, swarms of robots and drones equipped with specific sensors to respond to the needs and contingencies of command of rescue operations (e.g. real-time video footage, position recognition of people and objects, the status of evacuation routes, network coverage, etc.). This platform can offer different configuration methods to provide feedback tailored information needed of each organization involved in the first aid field. However, it operates in synchrony way among organizations (firefighters, police, medical personnel) to mitigate the effects of the disaster (e.g. real-time video and location of resources for firefighters, the status of evacuation routes for emergency health services). ASSISTANCE aims to create an advanced European training network based on the use of virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality to enhance the skills of first responders while taking in to account the expectations and needs of professional growth of the operator.

CyberEthics Lab. participates in the creation of innovative solutions that mitigate the impact of disasters, evaluating their goodness in the light of ethical concerns and respect for human rights for both, victims and practitioners. Differences based on gender, as well considerations based on the vulnerability situation typical of a disastrous event, are examples of elements of analysis for the efficiency of relief in conditions of maximum safety and respect for the human being.

To what extent are futuristic and innovative technological solutions to be preferred?

Could their complexity not prove to be further damage, especially in the event of a cyber or physical terrorist act?




This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 832576.