• ACTIVITYDemonstration Project
  • STATUSOngoing
  • THEMATIC AREASafety & Security

Objectives of the service

Epic Blue offers a field team tactical awareness solution. It consists of a web-based platform and apps for smart devices.

The solution helps teams in the field working in hazardous environments have access to critical information relevant for the local context. The service leverages Location Intelligence to provide the right information at the right time and focuses on the ease of access and understanding of the information. 

The typical customer of the solution needs to stay in close contact with teams in the field. The increase in a shared understanding between the various teams and with the operation centres is achieved through an intuitive access of information. It enables the coordination of emergency responses. This enhanced coordination relies on real-time geo-referenced assets and people management for field tracking.

The technology of SenTAct allows to:

  • seamlessly locate staff and assets both outdoors and indoors.
  • sense if the field staff falls, stops moving abruptly, crosses 4D geo-fences, or reaches maximum exposure times to certain operational environments.
  • provide mission intelligence, such as maps, imagery, customer site plans, mission graphics and points of interest.
  • facilitate staff interactions by geo-tagged messaging via text, voice or images that contain annotations to increase local awareness.

Users and their needs

SenTAct is targeted to 1st responders, staff in industry and private security. Users often refer to SenTAct as the WhatsApp for our mission critical awareness.

It is used by two types of users:

  1. Operation managers coordinating the field teams (in dispatch centres or control rooms). The Operation managers can quickly get an overview of the situation by receiving the most recent and relevant information, and rapidly take the decisions and communicate these that best suit the current situation. Looking at historical data, managers & commanders can execute risk analysis tasks using the proposed solution. 
  2. Field teams, who will rely on mobile apps which are part of the solution. Through the location of the teams, context-aware information can be provided either manually or triggered automatically by the service. The context-aware aspect is essential in order to provide the right information combining the field staff’s perspective and the organisation’s imperative.

The customers are located throughout the EU and MENA.

Service/ system concept

SenTAct builds on our existing Guardian product. It offers continuous awareness of the location of key resources irrespective of the environment in which they operate. Knowing the outdoors and indoors location of teams in real-time and being able to collect the location over time for further analysis is of critical importance. 

To support operations, multiple data themes are included: Vehicles locations, team member location and status, biometrics, building CAD drawing integration, building occupancy, CCTV feed, Drone feeds, Streetview-like, Cadaster, Street maps, Weather, IoT Sensors.

The field team tactical awareness service will make this information available in the field in a highly automated manner, with minimal intervention of the teams in the field. As a complementary stream SenTAct foresees a text-based messaging stream. Having an own version of Whatsapp was seen as highly relevant. 

The user facing capabilities make the information easy to manage and digest in the field. They include: Mission Management, Mission Rule Agents, Proximity to hazards

Shared Map Annotations, Custom Grid Overlays, Search Coordination High Likelihood Areas, Mission pattern analysis, Mixed Reality overlays.

Image credit: Epic Blue, Project: SenTAct

The SenTAct Application Service incorporates a range of Earth Observation data and it plugs in the Epic Blue seamless location service which augments the location data of teams in the field. The Application Service manages all operational data and stores collected information into the Epic Blue Big Data store for reporting and future trainings. Users can access the capabilities through a browser-based app for operational managers and a smartphone for the field teams. Moreover as future capability demonstration SenTAct functionality is also available as App in smart glasses.

Space Added Value

Navigation (Galileo): in view of the solution having access to highly accurate and reliable positioning is critically important. The more accurate the position, the more relevant data can be provided to the field teams.

Weather: Weather data in the context of this service is used to look for patterns in operational execution (i.e. if the wind is like that and it rains, then….). 

EO: Visual products are used as contextual backdrop and building feature extraction. The building feature extraction is highly relevant to (1) know whether people are in the open or inside (2) enable rapid geo-positioning of building blue prints (3) discover hidden structures which were not mapped out previously. For large incidents the Copernicus EMS services provides incident progress on a daily basis with its First Estimate and Delineation products.

Current Status

Held phone-based interviews throughout the last three months. The main reference users in these interviews came from the Red Cross (BE), the Civil Protection (BE) and TACCON (GR). Each of the organisations appointed one reference spokesperson. We expanded the potential user base with industry-type customers: Umicore and GSK. The actions allowed to collect over 150 solid user requirements which were transformed to system requirements and an extended domain model. We down selected compatible smartphones and had initial successful deployments on AR smartglasses.

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Status Date

Updated: 16 May 2021 - Created: 16 May 2021