European Commission launches new radiological response technology programme.
TERRIFFIC (Tools for early and Effective Reconnaissance in cbRne Incidents providing First responders Faster Information and enabling better management of the Control zone) brings together 10 European organisations, which will work together to deliver an important step change in the effectiveness of first responders during the first hours of a Radiological, Nuclear, explosive (RNe) incident. This will lead to reduced response times, less health and safety risks for the response teams, and less human intervention in the operation due to a higher number of automated processes and extended mobile detection capabilities.
TERRIFFIC is a new research and innovation project, funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, which will enrich the European response to RNe events by a set of modular technology components in a comprehensive system. These components include new detectors, algorithms, drones, robots, dispersion models, information management software and decision support systems. Although the primary focus of the project is on the response to an explosion containing radioactive or nuclear elements, the project will also provide detailed information on the applicability of some developments within a chemical and biological (C/B) context.
The project will also leverage results from previous successful FP7 projects, closely cooperating with ENCIRCLE on the CBRN cluster and market aspects, and with eNOTICE on training and technology testing and assessment. Special attention will be given to standardisation to optimise the integration with future and already applied solutions.
The ten partners are: ARKTIS Radiation Detectors (project coordinator and low cost, modular silicon photomultiplier based gamma and neutron detectors); NEXTER Robotics (UGV); AERACCESS (drones); Bruhn NewTech (CBRNe products and product enhancements); ARTTIC (project management services company); International Security and Emergency Management Institute (needs assessment, testing and evaluation); TL & Associates (RNe experts); Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology (Mixed Reality Software Development, Requirements Capture and User Evaluation and Testing); French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (research institute); École Centrale de Lyon (numerical atmospheric dispersion).
More information will be available soon.