We are pleased to invite you to participate in a final iTRACK project workshop on the role of humanitarian technology in for safety and security of humanitarian aid workers at the TU Delft (Netherlands) April 11, 2019. The working meeting is organized by the iTRACK consortium and will convene experts and key decision-makers from international NGOs, humanitarian agencies, and industry.
During the workshop, iTRACK project partners will present open source system iTRACK, which has been developed over the past three years in a consortium of humanitarian organizations, industry and academia. iTRACK modules include: mission planning, tracking, threat detection and reporting, rerouting, secure text and image transmission, encryption, offline mode and interoperability with other systems.
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The workshop will result in a joint roadmap for using technology to improve safety and security of humanitarian missions in terms of information management, logistics and coordination.
Background and context: iTRACK is designed to be a cost-effective open source system, supporting organisations where resources may be limited. The iTRACK system, an integrated intelligent real-time tracking and threat identification system to improve protection of responders and assets and provide information management and logistics services such as real-time information updates and analyses as well as navigation, routing and scheduling. iTRACK achieved this through an interdisciplinary, socio-technical approach, which is drawn on the latest advances in sensor development, GIS, security & privacy, artificial intelligence, information management, risk analysis, and humanitarian logistics.
iTRACK project attended the fifth Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) which took place at CICG, Geneva, Switzerland between 4-8 February, 2019. The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), co-chaired by OCHA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), provides a unique forum for humanitarian networks and partnerships to meet and address key humanitarian issues. The largest humanitarian event of its kind gathers participants from the UN, NGOs, Member States, the private sector, the military, academia and beyond to discuss and solve common challenges in humanitarian affairs. During the week, Networks and Partnerships hold their annual meetings and consultations, share their expertise and collaborate on best practices to address shared problems. iTRACK project presented the lates project technology developments, as well as had a session on "Technology and innovation in conflicts".
Training case for organizations:
Staff of humanitarian organizations can use this training case to review what policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) were systematically gathered within iTrack with regard to information management, security and logistics. The training case demonstrates the most important functions of the iTrack IT system and how to use them.
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Training case for students:
In this training case, students learn about the conditions in which humanitarian organizations operate. They follow the fictional workflow of a humanitarian organizations providing logistics services within the Syria crisis. Through the course, the students learn about important policies and SOPs and how the iTrack IT system can support humanitarians in their daily work.
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The exact time, date and place of the training will be announced prior the event.
iTRACK consortium meeting took place in Athens, Greece this September. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the second version of iTRACK system Design, aligning the work among other work packages and planned activities, taking into consideration feedback from the 1st pilots (April exercise, Paris test), testing results, updated use cases and functional requirements for the 2nd, final version of the iTRACK system, and thus complete and submit related report by the end of September 2018.
iTRACK project initial simulation took place between 16th to 20th of April at the of Technical University of Delft. Around 50 participants from project partners' organizations, volunteers and external experts took part in the simulation event.
The video from the simulation is available here
In the beginning of November, the iTRACK consortium held their 5th project meeting, hosted by Treelogic in Madrid, Spain.
iTRACK Board Game took place in Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland on the 11th of April, 2017
31 participants from project partners, different end user organizations as well as Hanken School of Economics students participated in the activity. iTRACK partners played a role of observers and facilitators. By the end of the activity the evaluation briefing took place. Valuable feedback gained for further technical development and project research.
Photo Credit: Prof.dr.ir. Alexander Verbraeck, Delft University of Technology.
On May 10th and 11th 2016, representatives from each partner, came together in Kristiansand, Norway to launch the project.
During the project meeting the partners got to know each other, discussed the work ahead and distributed tasks for the coming deliverables.
The kick-off meeting initiated the project start.