“Prometheus” provides a data flow and exchange management system, linking up with two other DG ECHO-funded projects (EASeR on the Barrier Effect, easerproject.eu and BELICE for the training of local authorities and rescuers on large-scale assessment beliceproject.eu).
Its aim is to develop an efficient system of data collection and management for search and rescue operations (USAR) trying to reduce the time of intervention and improve disaster management, especially in the seismic scenario by developing a more efficient and effective system of data transmission.
In this context, a field exercise was held on 15 September 2021 to test not only Prometheus system, but also to start integrating the system into the French emergency response structure. The exercise was carried out at Luynes, Bouc Bel Air and Gardanne and involved a total 13 mobilised teams from France, Spain and Italy that assessed about 200 working sites in 7 hours.
The main strengths of Prometheus system were its versatility in different emergency scenarios, its multilingual translation, which allows the same information to be given to rescue teams from different countries, its free use, without licences and additional costs, and its easy access and intuitive operation since it is user-friendly.
The French partner of the project proposed to use Prometheus as an advanced operational management system to be integrated in its national structure.
The system was installed on the French server in Valabre for the exercise and the French and Spanish teams have been trained before the start of the testing the previous day. The exercise was also evaluated by an evaluation team.