AURORAL Norwegian Health pilot contribution, and Auroral Academy

May and June have been busy months for the Norwegian Health Pilot, with various activities taking place. Stakeholder interviews have provided new insights into the correct use of terminology, ongoing system development, and integration with the AURORAL digital ecosystem. Meetings have been held in Finland, and there are plans for upcoming meetings in Madrid and during Arendalsuka in Norway. Strategy development and project meetings have also taken place in Oslo, Norway. As the pilot matures, both limitations and opportunities are becoming apparent.Delving into the details, meetings with stakeholders from Norwegian People’s Aid revealed the necessity of using correct terminology when communicating search and rescue operations. For example, the term “boundaries” should be replaced with “perimeters.” Concepts such as “plan,” “observe,” and “report” exist, but they should be tied to correct terminologies such as “events” (planned) and “incidents” (unplanned). Maps being used should be described as the “master map” to reflect field reports, and “mission statement” should be named “operational objectives,” and so on. The same applies to task types, incident types, search types, and other related terms. Lessons learned from previous meetings include understanding how user roles are separated between administrators, field personnel, editors, and information providers. User roles and terminology are part of the Incident Command System (ICS) and are also applicable to Rapid Response Leadership. However, there are differences between countries and organizations in terms of the glossary and terminology used. Therefore, a “terminology cheatsheet” will need to be maintained as a living document and updated when new organizations and fields are introduced.The dialogue with stakeholders has clarified topics regarding the relevant functionality for the various stages. To address this, the user interface has undergone a significant update, the framework for integrating with the AURORAL data broker service has been defined, and the ontology has been described. Weather data has been implemented, and map layers for presenting time-critical information have been prepared. Additionally, the app now supports the preparation of missions in advance. A key element here is the ability to specify and share perimeters within teams participating in missions. In this version, it is now also possible to not only present Points of Incidents (POIs) but also update them in real-time. This includes adding and changing the status and location of the POIs directly on the map. This approach effectively transforms the SafeSEARCH app into an incident editing service that can be integrated with real-time information through AURORAL. With the support for topology on maps, the system now offers improved functionality in understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by the terrain.During the meetings, new activities were planned with the stakeholders. In particular focusing on the use of SafeSEARCH for strategic decision making, as well as cooperation on dissemination and communication. The pilot has reached a major milestone with the implementation of maps and editing functionality. As a result, the pilot will be unveiled at several venues in the coming months. More information will be provided in later revisions of this newsletter and through direct communication. However, it is important to note that the SafeSEARCH app is still in the pre-release phase. The next step is to complete integration with the AURORAL service ecosystem. Over the next few weeks, the system development is expected to accelerate, culminating in a meetup and developer workshop in Madrid at the beginning of July. The Norwegian Health Pilot was also represented at the workshop on the SmartTomorrow investment platform that took place in Kemi, Finland. The central topic of the workshop was the potential for value creation, and it provided the health pilot with a solid framework for further improving measurements for success and stakeholder engagement. In particular, the workshop highlighted the importance of smart communities and their influence on the evolution of distributed services in rural regions. Such workshops play a crucial role in developing business models and planning exploitation activities. Meeting with partners also contributes to linking the project results with other European Horizon projects.For this purpose, the next steps are already being planned. The module for rescue operations has the potential for improvement, and real-time team status should be implemented. Support for incidents such as forest fires should be enhanced with tools to take appropriate action. There is also great potential in the inclusion of machine learning algorithms (A.I.). Stakeholder comments have also raised the need for future templates related to training, observation, reporting, and evaluation activities.Several concurrent activities are taking place, and the Norwegian Health Pilot would like to express gratitude to the stakeholders who have provided valuable feedback and ideas during this period.

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