The humanitarian society is on the cusp of a technological revolution, with new ICT solutions being developed and implemented in the every day work of humanitarian organisations. Emerging technologies that will act to shape the next few years are complex, perhaps not in their use but certainly in their make up and in the diversity of consequences they can bring about. Unsurprisingly, many of the new solutions will require end users to give up personal information related to identity, place, and their habits. The “reward” for of all of this will be their safety and security on a mission. However, one does have to remember that technology, per se, is amoral, apolitical, it is neither good nor bad. Only human use of technology for good or bad is possible.

Against this backdrop it is important to understand the socio-cultural considerations and impacts of these solutions. This is a step that goes beyond a traditional privacy and data protection impact assessment of technology tools. This report, therefore, undertakes an analysis of the social and cultural implications of the use of the iTRACK tool and of each of its components namely: StaffSense, DSE and QR, on board sensing and threat detection and the use of multiple components.

This document represents deliverable D2.6, Policies for Contingency Planning & Case Brief, under task T2.4, Risk Management and Contingency Planning, WP2, Humanitarian Workflows and Policies. The deliverable document is one of two deliverables covering risks associated with humanitarian missions taking place in conflict zones. Within this part of T2.4, a repository of precautionary and responsive recommended actions, (in the format of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and polices, was developed based on reviewing existing best practices, security training programs, and interview with subject matter experts from the field. From there, we developed a set of case briefs based on scenarios of missions taking place in conflict zones and address the link between iTRACK system components and such situations.

The present document represents deliverable 6.3 Computer Simulation Design for augmented reality gaming. Following the DoA, this document is part of Task 6.2 - Simulation methodology development. The task follows an incremental approach in using scenario based techniques in simulated reality environment for testing technologies as well as policies/workflows, and receiving user-feedback during each phase of the iTRACK platform development.

This document presents the findings of an analysis of the contacts that are recognized as having engaged with the iTRACK project, whether they have registered to the iTRACK Advisory Group (AG), participated in project ethics surveys or have followed the project on social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook).

The market of humanitarian aid security is marked by intense growth rates and new competitors are emerging. At the same time, NGOs have begun to show greater interest in the security of people in the field and other parties that constitute a humanitarian mission. This trend has led to the creation of several solutions in the last decade that have different components, costs and a varying degree of satisfaction of the needs of organizations.

This document represents D8.2 – Report on current practices and policies under Task 8.1 - Information Gathering for iTRACK’s Sustainability. The main rationale behind this report is to present the current status quo in terms of practices and governing in the Humanitarian Aid Industry in order to identify the areas where iTRACK will be more beneficial and the established practices in Humanitarian Aid Safety and Security, from which it can draw knowledge and expertise. It also aims to present an overview of the legal framework that governs both humanitarian assistance and Tracking and Monitoring applications.

The report initially deals with how the Humanitarian Industry is coordinated, structured, internally governed and who are the most important actors in this framework – in terms of state and non-state organizations. It also presents the current state of Humanitarian Safety and Security in the Industry and how iTRACK compares to existing solutions drawing from the information gathered at D8.1.

Furthermore, this report analyses the existing policies and regulation affecting humanitarian aid and the tracking and monitoring of humanitarian workers with respect to international laws and regulations. It also presents a more in-depth analysis of E.U. laws and regulations, current and upcoming which will affect iTRACK both due to its humanitarian and data driven nature.

This deliverable reports the results of policy and workflow design evaluation.

The objectives of this deliverable are to

  • assess the results of the iTRACK board game development regarding the game design, the requirements of iTRACK technologies and policies
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the iTRACK board game regarding the requirement generated from the following aspects:
    • the functionality and feasibility of iTRACK technologies
    • the iTRACK Information Management policies
    • the iTRACK security risk assessment
    • the iTRACK logistics

The input for the board game is based on the initial process and policies established in WP2 and the system-wide functionality and framework of iTRACK platform in WP4 and WP5.

This document represents  iTRACK Evaluation methods for processes and policies, under project task -  Real-Time Evaluation and Reporting. The deliverable is one of three deliverables that concoct the iTRACK evaluation framework. The iTRACK evaluation framework establishes a methodology to ensure quality of scenarios and trainings by delivering rapid feedback to the users, and providing valuable feedback to iTRACK system developers in terms of formative and technical evaluation reports.

The present document, reviews the humanitarian information management (IM) principles and best practices, and provides the humanitarian IM policy brief for conflict situations. In particular, it provides IM case briefs for each of technological innovations that iTRACK promises.

In short, our aim in this deliverable is to report the current situation of the market and make some estimation regarding its size. Also, we seek relevant and recommended markets that it is easy to enter with minor changes in the iTRACK solution. In addition, we examine the existing technology solutions and iTRACK’s competition and point out iTRACK’s competitive advantage. Closing the deliverable, we conclude with some elements that should be addressed during the next steps of the project regarding iTRACK’s exploitation and go-to-market strategy.

This document is part of  Simulation methodology development task of the project. The task follows an incremental approach in using simulation-based techniques for testing technologies and receiving from user-feedback during each phase of the iTRACK project. In the first phase of the project a user-centred approach is adopted to define system requirements for the iTRACK system and policies of its use. The board game is designed to mimic existing processes and procedures of decision-making of humanitarian missions in violent and unstable environment.

D2.4 illustrates the material flows of aid deliveries, both when it comes to assets, and to staff. Importantly, it goes to show how many organisations may be involved in a delivery, from material suppliers, to third party logistics service providers, co-operation and implementation partners, as well as providers of various other services (distribution, monitoring and evaluation, information etc.). This myriad of organisations involved makes tracking and tracing particularly challenging, and the more so when talking about conflict zones. The data of D2.4 extends to the various facettes of humanitarian aid operations in conflict zones, not just in the different options of own convoys vs. third parties, but also, in terms of simple, one road environments – that significantly simplify not just routing but also tracking – to technically challenging demilitarised zones. Altogether, D2.4 therefore provides an overview of humanitarian logistics in conflict zones.

This deliverable at hand, is the first version of the Simulation Handbook. The Initial Simulation Handbook includes (i) clear description of the benchmarks and protocols for policy design and workflow testing as well as (ii) data collection and observation protocols for the exercises.

Deliverable 9.1 - iTRACK Stakeholder engagement and dissemination plan - presenting the information concerning the structure of the dissemination activities, outlining the methodology for identifying and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders at EU and global levels to raise awareness of and inform them about iTRACK’s activities and findings, thereby establishing foundations for effective external communication of the project’s concept and potential scientific breakthroughs.

This document is the ethical and privacy impact assessment (E/PIA) report for the iTRACK project (D3.1). The development and deployment of a technology such as the iTRACK system may have various consequences, including those related to privacy and ethics. The purpose of an E/PIA is to assess the risks that the project technology poses for privacy and ethics and propose how to mitigate these risks. The analysis carried out in the E/PIA, will in turn inform the technology development. In other words the E/PIA fills a knowledge vacuum on how the relevant technology should be developed so as to ensure it abides by, and protects, ethics and privacy. By carrying out the E/PIA specifically for iTRACK we are considering privacy and ethics in the relevant context; namely we are taking into account the nature of the situation and context in which the technology will be used as well as the technology itself.

To pursue the dissemination plan objectives, a public website has been set up to present information about the iTRACK project, latest developments and achievements, share important results.

The public website contains an overview on the project, its work plan and expected results, details of consortium members, news & updates, articles and contact information.