In the context of emergency management, including all phases of the emergency management cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery), there have been several initiatives, both at national and European levels, to provide services focusing on rapid mapping based on Copernicus data and enhanced situational awareness. These solutions combine the processed Copernicus data with modelling techniques to provide forecasts and risk assessments for supporting the different decision making processes. Furthermore, satellite communications can become a valuable asset for emergency management since they provide robustness and resilience in disaster situations, where the existing communication infrastructures might have been seriously damaged or not existing at all. This allows the combined use of satellite links not only to increase system availability, but also to communicate with citizens using communication satellites as a suitable alerting channel. Finally, navigation satellites, thanks to their availability and the high penetration of receiver devices can be used as an additional link for alert messages dissemination and for providing location-based alerting services.
Taking this into account, the PHAROS project aims at designing and implementing an innovative multi-hazard service platform which integrates space-based observation, satellite communications and navigation assets to provide sustainable pre-operational services for a wide variety of users in multi-application domains, such as early detection of risks and emergencies, environmental monitoring, risk and crisis management and population alerting. Potential users of the PHAROS platform are both institutional users, such as authorities and crisis managers (primary users) and non-institutional users, such as insurance companies and research groups (secondary users).
PHAROS is based on technology adaptation and transfer to provide an integrative solution based on existing developments at the Project Consortium. The resulting pre-operational system will provide a multi-hazard platform in the long term, while focusing on the forest fire scenario for the implementation and pilot demonstration phases in the short term.
30 Months, started in December 2013.