Title: PREventing Disasters by CApitalizing on unmanned aerial systems Technology


Grant agreement no: ECHO/SUB/2015/713851/PREV29


Duration: 1 Janusry 2018 – 31 December 2019


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SWIFTERS capitalizes on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) swarms to study, design, develop, and test, cooperation strategies that support the allocation of evacuation operations to UAVs in an intelligent way with the ultimate goal of improving response efficiency and reducing evacuation times. Within the proposed solution concept the following three operations will be integrated:

  1. Monitoring of the hazard (and available evacuation routes),
  2. Informing/alarming about the decision to evacuate (through audiovisual means),
  3. Monitoring locations of interest (e.g., movements of people during evacuation, assembly area, and transportation routes).

At all times a joint operation picture will be maintained through updated data streams provided by the participating UAVs. The main output of the proposed action will be a software package, which will be released under open‐ source lisence, featuring emergency opearation planning capabilities enabled by UAV swarms such as task allocation to individual UAVs of the swarm (e.g., monitoring emergency event progress, identifying stranded survivors, marking the evacuation path, etc.), and path planning for each UAV.

In addition, detailed training material and procedures will be developed through SWIFTERS to enable the consortium partners (3 Civil Protection organizations and 2 Research Institutes) and other interested parties to master the skills on UAV operations and familiarize in using the automated features proposed within SWIFTERS through small, medium and large scale exercises.




The project has received funding from the European Union’s Call for proposals 2015 for prevention and preparedness projects in the field of civil protection and marine pollution under grant agreement ECHO/SUB/2015/713851/PREV29




European Commission