From May 12 to May 14,
2014, representatives from the security & defence industry, from research
and academia, SMEs, end-users and several European institutions, from 13 EU
member states and 2 associated countries, came together in Madrid to kick off
the project. With 33.4€ million funding from the European Commission under the
Seventh Framework Programme, DRIVER is the largest crisis management research
& innovation project in Europe, if not the world, for the foreseeable
Over the next four
and a half years, the consortium will work on the development of a pan-European
test-bed of virtually connected exercise facilities and crisis laboratories
where users, providers, researchers, policy makers and citizens can work jointly
and iteratively on new approaches and solutions to emerging crisis management issues.
This will facilitate capability development through the provision of appropriate
methodologies and infrastructures. The DRIVER Test-bed will help to develop a portfolio
of crisis management tools to strengthen crisis management capabilities at member
state and EU level.
key dimensions of DRIVER – the Test-bed and the Portfolio of Tools - are complemented by a third dimension: sharing a common
understanding of crisis management across Europe. Crisis management
practitioners, policy makers, technology suppliers and the citizenry will be
invited to join the DRIVER Community. This constantly evolving Community will
enable an intensive collaboration with and between crisis management
stakeholders concerned by societal and technological innovation in CM and its up-take.
The development of the DRIVER Portfolio of tools and the set-up of European
test-bed facilities will produce a set of new capabilities for more effective
European crisis management. The long-term sustainability of the test-bed,
processes and tools will enhance European resilience and crisis management
capabilities beyond the duration of the project. The project will be
coordinated by European IT services leader Atos with technical and scientific
support from the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and the Fraunhofer
Institute for Technological Trend Analysis (INT).
For more information read the project presentation here.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement n°607798.
For further information write to: email@example.com
ATOS (Project Coordinator)
Fernando Kraus: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: + 34 675 592 006