HARMLESS: HARMLESS: Humanitarian aid, emergency management and law enforcement support applications

Updated: Feb 23, 2015

Project details

Total Cost: 
2 172 486 €
EU Contributions: 
1 187 500 €
Contract Number: 
Project Call: 
FP6 2nd Call
Start Date: 
End Date: 
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Dr José Caro Ramon
GMV Aerospace and Defence, S.A.
Isaac Newton, 11; P.T.M. Tres Cantos
28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid) ES
+34 (0)91 807 21 00
+34 (0)91 807 21 99
Scientific Officer: 
Stefano Scarda

Galileo and EGNOS, telecommunications, geographic information systems and earth observation are the technologies for the future of emergency management, humanitarian aid and law enforcement domains. The combination of these technologies makes possible a set of applications and procedural improvements that will drastically change operations in these fields. The maturity of GNSS technologies within these three areas is different: GNSS is already widely used for emergency management and law enforcement, but much less so for humanitarian aid. HARMLESS will therefore address these areas in different manners to fit with their specificities. It seems however that there is a feeling shared among these three user communities that the technology industries, including GNSS, do not have sufficient knowledge of their activities to respond to their real needs. This feeling is a barrier to the penetration of GNSS in their communities. The HARMLESS project will address this issue, establishing a link between the GNSS industry and the users.


The objective of this project is to investigate and analyse the use and application of EGNOS and Galileo for emergency management, humanitarian aid and law enforcement paying special attention to the cases where EGNOS and Galileo (as compared to GPS) are the enablers for those applications. HARMLESS is organised so as to allow dialogue between two different worlds: GNSS and the user communities of these three areas, establishing the required mechanisms to create the dialogue between the experts of these two worlds. The project will establish a platform of experts that serves as reference for this and future investigations of the application of Galileo and EGNOS for these user communities. In short, the main objectives of the project are: - Achieving a deep perspective of the potential for EGNOS and Galileo in emergency management, humanitarian aid and law enforcement, identifying, analysing and promoting the most promising applications in these areas; - Demonstrating the benefits of the European GNSS with the trials of prototypes for some applications covering different missions of the three user communities; - Creating contacts between the user communities and the GNSS world. The GNSS world will identify the user requirements while the users will have a vision of what GNSS can bring them.


The expected results of HARMLESS are: - A deep knowledge of the user communities from the GNSS world, based on the participation of a wide range of members of these communities. - An in-depth analysis of the applications that were identified as the most promising for these user communities. This analysis will include, among other features, application requirements, architecture, market assessment, cost benefit analysis, standardisation and regulation aspects. - A demonstration to the user communities of the benefits of EGNOS and Galileo for some of the most relevant applications for the three user communities, namely: - GNSS support to damage assessment for humanitarian aid; - GNSS for people tracking, covert surveillance and as legal evidence for law enforcement; - GNSS to support flood and fire management and for resource management for the emergency management community. - The creation of lasting links between the GNSS industry and the three user communities to keep a continuous information exchange between these two worlds. - A clear vision of the future steps to be taken to increase the penetration of GNSS and specifically Galileo and EGNOS within the user communities’ activities, including recommendations for specific R&D projects focusing on the applications evaluated as very promising and beneficial for the users.

HARMLESS: GNSS for emergency management, humanitarian aid and law enforcement
  • GMV Sistemas
  • Ingeniería y Servicios Aeroespaciales S.A.
  • Leiden University of Law
  • EADS Astrium
  • EADS Secure Networks SA
  • Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Infoterra Ltd
  • MAP Action NGO
  • Nottingham Scientific Ltd