Webinar: Funding Opportunities for Disaster Resilience, May 20th

On May 20th, don’t miss PSCE’s president David Lund and PSCE’s Secretary-General Marie-Christine Bonnamour presenting the webinar “Pre-normative research and demonstration for disaster-resilient societies. Sub-topic 3: First aids vehicles deployment, training, maintenance, logistic and remote centralized coordination means”, organised by the project SEREN4.

The webinar, from 14h until 15h, will cover important aspects that will help proposal developers to better design their bids and in line with the current needs of the safety and security sector in the area of disaster resilience.

SEREN4 consortium is gathering the national points of contact for secure societies. You can register for the webinar here.

PSCE’s successful social tracing webinar!

Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) is happy to announce that the webinar “Phasing out of the confinement measures – How can IT tools help make the transition?” on May 7, was a big success!

Our speakers - Ms Martina Karl, from the Technical University of Munich, Mr Gerry Foitik, from the Austrian Red Cross, and Mr Peter Eberl, Deputy Head of Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, DG CONNECT - were very eloquent and articulated, allowing the public to be more informed about the social tracing topic, in particular regarding privacy issues related to the mobile applications used to tackle the corona virus. Besides principles and general features, details were also provided on the implementation of the STOPP CORONA app set-up by the Austrian Red Cross that went live on March 25.

Overall, we welcomed nearly 100 enthusiastic participants - amongst them18 Member States were represented - who stated the webinar as being “very useful and informative”. During the webinar and after each speaker finished presenting, PSCE moderated a small forum of Q&A. 

In the meantime, stay tuned for our second webinar, we will shortly announce more details!

PSCE Webinar - 7 May 2020

Phasing out of confinement measures: How can IT Tools help make the transition? 


When: 7 May 2020 at 11am CET (duration: 1h)


Register Here

about the Webinar

Mobile apps have potential to enhance contact tracing strategies to contain and reverse the spread of COVID-19. EU Member States are converging towards effective app solutions that minimise the processing of personal data, and recognise that interoperability between these apps can support public health authorities and support the reopening of the EU’s internal borders. PSCE is organising a webinar to provide an overview on this topic and to show examples of apps designed and implemented at national level.


11.00: Welcome by PSCE
11.05: Introduction on the EU guidance (Peter Eberl Deputy Head of Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit in DG CNECT)
11.20: Preserving Privacy with a decentralized digital contact tracing service (Martina Karl - Technical University of Munich)
11.35: First results of the implementation of STOPP CORONA app in Austria (Gerry Foitik - Austrian Red Cross)
11.50: Q&A
12.00: Closing

The WEBINAR is free of charge and will take place on WEBEX. You will be provided with the link once you register.

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Hackathon to develop innovative solutions against the virus

The European Commission, led by the European Innovation Council and in close collaboration with the EU member states, will host a pan-European hackathon on 24-25 and 26 April to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.

he #EUvsVirus is a call to action to all citizens around the world regardless of origin and skill to participate in the fight against COVID-19: Demonstrate unity and share your skills for the common good across borders and generations! Let’s digitally open EU-borders during this collective challenge!

Results of E2mC project used in the fight against COVID-19

Although the E2mC project ended last year in April 2019, some of its results and components are still used today, namely in the fight against COVID-19. Near real-time monitoring of COVID-19 is of utmost importance for emergency organisations and authorities that need to re-evaluate the situation continuously based on the latest available information. One key component of E2mC, developed by the University of Salzburg's Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS (https://giscience.zgis.at), provides information extracted from social media (predominantly Twitter) to enable better crisis management for various organisations such as the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and others. The generated information includes time-series of COVID-19 related tweets, the spatially clustered tweets on a hot spot map, and the most recent COVID-19 related tweets in the respective areas of interest, together with linked content like images or videos. These results are regularly sent to and discussed with the emergency organisations to help them get a quick and continuous overview of the COVID-19 situation through the lens of social media - both in a big picture (hot spot maps) and small-scale developments derived from single tweets. Meanwhile, the results are a fixed part of the work of several crisis management teams, supporting real-world decisions through high-frequency information updates.

more maps and information at https://giscience.zgis.at/covid-19