Newsletter Issue 45 RSS

Update on European projects

  • Launch of EmerGent project

Social media is a serious and fast growing phenomenon for creating and maintaining social links. The convergence of social networking and mobile media technology is also shifting the way people communicate, and gain or share information, especially during emergency or crisis situations. The EU funded EmerGent project, which will run for 3 years, will examine the positive and negative impact use of social media in emergency situations involving citizens, emergency service organisations and public authorities. EmerGent will provide guidelines and tools on how to use social media which the emergency service organisations could use during and after emergencies in the future.

Read more about the project at

Read the kick-off meeting press release.

For more information, please contact Tony O'Brien at

  • ESENet project update

Since early 2013, the EC-funded FP7 project ESENet (Emergency Services Europe Network) has identified and discussed with 60+ experts from different fields of expertise across Europe on subjects like accessibility, IP-based emergency systems, data interoperability, emergency radio communication, use of social media for emergency management and control room robustness. In June, the project partners (EENA, IES Solutions and ERUPSI) convened the 3rd workshop in Brussels focusing on interoperability issues between Authorities and Citizens and invited 14 experts from its specially-created network. The items discussed included the different channels used by Authorities to communicate with citizens during an emergency such as social media, sirens, cell broadcasting, SMS, early warning and reverse-112 systems. At the end of the workshop, the experts provided some insightful recommendations which will be captured in a Report and published on the project website in the coming weeks. The Final Workshop will be held in Brussels on 14-16 October 2014.

Project website.

For more information, please contact Tony O'Brien at