Interoperability of Solutions in a Crisis Management Environment Showcased in Trial-Austria

  • Gerald Schimak
  • Dražen IgnjatovićEmail author
  • Erik VullingsEmail author
  • Maurice SammelsEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 554)


Crisis Management (CM) is a challenging area when it comes to connecting solutions aiming to support the various tasks involved in handling of CM situations. DRIVER+ [1] an EU-funded project launched in 2014 was setting up a technical infrastructure (so called Test-bed) that allows to interconnect solutions, so they can interact and exchange all crisis relevant information that commanders need, to make their decisions and plan their actions related to a specific crisis.

To verify the DRIVER+ Test-bed as well as the DRIVER+ Trial Guidance Methodology [3] and furthermore, to overcome identified CM gaps [2], a series of Trials was setup. Trial-Austria was the fourth one to be executed.

This Trial was especially challenging as it was held as a field exercise in parallel to a huge European Civil Protection Exercise (called IRONORE2019). The scenario to be dealt with was an earthquake scenario.

The developed methodology, Test-bed as well as various solutions taking part in DRIVER+ are a perfect base and platform to deal with whatever hazard (e.g. chemical, physical, etc.) is endangering our environment or wellbeing.


Crisis Management DRIVER+ Trial Earthquake Interoperability Innovative solutions Environmental hazards 



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 607798. The information and views set out in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

This Trial owes a lot to the professionals of the Austrian Red Cross acting as commanders during the Trial as well as the link to the IRONORE2019 [9] exercise, which brought their professionalism, suggestions and recommendations for further improvements to the Trial, and demonstrated a very impressive and gratifying commitment in the management and execution of the various Trial scenarios but also in the feedback discussion that followed.

The observers, with their professional experience as commanders, teachers and evaluators to this Trial brought a precious methodological perspective for the evaluation, as well as an encouraging feedback.

The students and teachers from the Young Business School in Eisenerz (BHAK) [16] acting as volunteers for the emergent group scenarios testing the CrowdTasker application and taking part in the PFA training and providing their valuable feedbacks on solutions as well as on the trainings.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbHViennaAustria
  2. 2.TNOThe HagueThe Netherlands
  3. 3.XVR SimulationDelftThe Netherlands

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