Extreme weather forecasts currently notify people living in regional environments but are only partially effective. 2-3 times a year, large areas of the Netherlands are hit by storms with wind speeds that significantly exceed safe levels. One such storm this year caused over 10 million Euro in property damages, including a fatality and millions of lost man-hours. To combat these unnecessary losses, OPTOSS will pinpoint affected areas then notify emergency services and the local inhabitants of the impending danger. OPTOSS will ensure the flawless function of emergency notification systems and provide detection of critical situations on a countrywide scale. Incidents are prevented through early notification and corrective action. Patterns are recognised autonomously, reducing operator workload while increasing effectiveness. OPTOSS will combine in-situ sensor data with topographical and temperature maps from Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 satellites, weather and environmental data to produce a real-time picture of expected and actual damages.
OPTOSS ensures the flawless operation of emergency systems and provides timely detection of critical situations. Incidents are prevented through early notification and corrective action. Patterns are recognised autonomously, reducing operator workload while increasing effectiveness.
«The jury selected OPTOSS as the winner of this challenge because it deals with large amounts of observational data under stressful conditions. These conditions increase the risk of failing to detect a threat. In this context OPTOSS may close the current gap that exists for the Copernicus Emergency and Security Services with regard to situational awareness and intelligence in critical situations. We congratulate the winner and wish the project a quick Uptake.»