In May 2016 the joint Research Centre of the European Commission, through the former Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, signed an agreement with the Ministero Dipartimento dei Vigili del Fuoco del Soccorso Pubblico e della Difesa Civile, having between others, the objective to obtain the scientific data needed to understand better the process involving the management of the crisis information from the first notification to the first-hand observation and then to the resolution.
To this aim, the JRC has been providing, on the basis of an End-User License Agreement, the graphical map component Field Reporting Tool, hence forward FRT, together with complementary tools and documentation. On the other hand, the Italian Fire Corps will make this development available to the member states to evaluate its functionalities and its possible use by other entities. Said graphical map component FRT has been developed and tested on Windows 10 platform. Such choice proved valuable in saving iteration time between the different phases of development and testing.
However, the penetration of Windows 10 into the mobile market is limited, while more than 60% of the mobile terminals worldwide run on Android. For this very reason, porting FRT to Android will ensure a significant step forward in reaching the stated objectives. On the server side, interoperability services will be implemented. In particular, each event will be automatically converted into a CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) alert to be sent to the CAP Router for further distribution on the basis or applicable rules and agreements.