The resilience and robustness of infrastructure will be one of the key enablers for smart cities. Protecting critical infrastructures, including transport and energy infrastructure, in the case of natural or human-provoked disasters is key for the safety of city dwellers. The new EU co-funded project INACHUS will assist the operations of First Responders (FRs) and Urban Search and Rescue (USaR) teams by providing an integrated platform that will enhance the operational effectiveness of all relevant actors.

INACHUS will offer deeper understanding of typical scenarios for structural failures in smart city infrastructures and their damages following various types of incidents. Furthermore, it will integrate new types of sensors and technologies for detecting and localizing trapped alive humans in case of disasters. Finally, the project consortium will implement a holistic decision support mechanism that incorporates information coming from smart cities infrastructure monitoring technologies, operational procedures, and resources of relevant actors to the system.

ICCS will be the coordinator of the project. INACHUS has started on 1 January 2015 and will last 4 years.

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Image: Presentation of the project in Athens (January, 2015)

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