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COBACORE Consortium Members


COBACORE is a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission involving the following Dutch, UK, German, Irish, Spanish and Slovakian partners.

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is a non-profit independent research organisation established in 1932. TNO’s public mission has been laid down in a special law: to support industry and society in general in transforming knowledge into products and processes of economic and societal value and apply scientific knowledge with the aim of strengthening the innovative power of industry and government.

In the system of innovation, TNO acts as an interface between science and the market. Being both embedded in the world of fundamental research and having strong links with the world of users, TNO is positioned to fulfil this role in which contract research and strategic collaboration are keys to the transfer of knowledge.

TNO has about 4700 employees working in five core areas, including Defence, Security and Safety, and Information and Communications Technology. TNO Defence, Security and Safety conducts research on topics ranging from military and crisis operations, national security, critical infrastructure protection, equipment, command and operational decision-making, threat protection, to modelling and simulation, instruction and training, and combating crime, crises and terrorism.


University of Ulster

The University of Ulster established in 1984 has a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement.  This project brings together mainly staff from the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI), supported by staff in the Environmental Sciences Research Institute. Excellence of the research quality in the Built Environment discipline has been confirmed by successive Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) in the UK, achieving a 5 star rating in the 2001 RAE and 95% of research activities in the 2008 recognised as being of international quality. BERI has a track record of funding and delivery with previous awards from the CEC (FP6, FP7), UK research councils, international agencies, major charities and governmental departments and agencies.

The Built Environment Research Institute is the University of Ulster’s focus for research activities related to the sustainable development, management, regulation and conservation of the built environment. The research strategy is based on the promotion and delivery of research that will enhance the quality of the built environment and address the changing needs of society in a more sustainable manner.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was founded in 1919 in Paris in the aftermath of World War I. he war had shown a need for close cooperation between Red Cross Societies, which, through their humanitarian activities on behalf of prisoners of war and combatants, had attracted millions of volunteers and built a large body of expertise.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reaching 160 million people each year through its 189 member National Societies. It acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions.

German Red Cross

The German Red Cross is part of a world-wide movement assisting victims of conflict and disaster and people affected by social or health related crisis. The Red Cross/ Red Crescent helps vulnerable people without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions and adheres to the fundamental principles of the Red Cross Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.

The German Red Cross participates in international disaster response, rehabilitation and capacity building projects on request of sister organisations within the movement. As the biggest German contributor to the rescue services, the German Red Cross has over 1,400 rescue departments and nearly 4,700 emergency ambulances (emergency doctors’ vehicle), ambulances and patient transport ambulances. Equipment and personnel are deployed daily all over the country. 1,9 million emergencies and 2,8 million patient transports are made by GRC yearly.

German Red Cross is integrated into the German Civil Protection System and partner within different European and national security research projects with focus on disaster preparedness and recovery.

Dutch Red Cross

The Red Cross is driven by its Seven Principles to helps people in need, nationally and internationally who are affected by disasters and conflicts. =

The Netherlands Red Cross social workers and volunteers come from the affected communities who know the area and local customs. When a disaster strikes they are immediately on the spot. In a conflict they do not take sides, making the help of the Red Cross always and unconditionally available to the most vulnerable people in need.

Nearly 28,000 volunteers are ready to help people when needed, for relief, citizen assistance, event assistance and for disaster preparedness activities. The Red Cross has 251 local chapters in the Netherlands.

Tilburg University

At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them. Our educational programmes instil a broad social awareness in our students along with critical personal and professional skills. Research endeavours aim to advance the frontiers of knowledge on issues and subjects of direct value to society – and are actively disseminated and applied within the community with this objective in mind.

With 5.600 students the Tilburg School of Economics and Management is the largest of the 5 schools of Tilburg University. It employs 475 people, 100 of whom are professors. Within the school, the department of Information Management the conducted research and education in our department aims to explore and teach the relationships between an organization’s goals its rational decision making processes, and the access to relevant information. Information and communication technology provide the tools to establish that relationship.

One of the particular focuses is on the role that information and information systems play during crisis response and disaster management. Working close with a wide range of partners operating in this field, and through participatory and ethnographic research we aim to understand the information needs of responding agencies, and the community. We focus gaining a better understanding on the potential of information products, systems and technologies and how this potential can be leveraged to improve community resilience and disaster response.

Future Analytics Consulting

FAC is a progressive and chartered urban planning, economic and research SME based in Dublin, Ireland working on domestic and international projects. The company is a vibrant and diverse consultancy, specialising in the application and project management of evidence-based analysis to determine robust and dynamic solutions in all projects.

Using evidence-based methodologies, FAC integrates traditional urban planning principles with cutting-edge geographic information analysis to ensure the highest standards in both project quality and delivery. FAC applies thematic spatial planning practices to derive solutions for the urban environment.

Integrasys S.A.

IntegraSys is an engineering company working in the aerospace and telecommunication fields, with high specialization in Software and Services development for real-time, critical environments. The core business activity is the design, development and commercialization of Operations Support Systems for the management of networks and networked services −including QoS, Mobility and Security aspects− based on dynamic and flexible SLA (Service Level Agreement) schemes and policies.

Thanks to an intensive activity in the R&D field, we regularly apply our core knowledge (radio communications and software engineering) and practical know-how to develop innovative, specialized systems in a diversified number of fields. These systems are particularly characterised by the operational combination of physical assets (e.g. electronic instrumentation, industrial machinery etc.) and digital assets (datasets, 3D models, biophysical simulation models, operational policies); and usually involve real time behaviour, automation functions, safety critical elements or integrated embedded electronic devices. In the Security area, some of the systems developed by the company include support systems for border surveillance and search and rescue operations.

INT brings to COBACORE its specialized expertise in the design, implementation and testing of advanced service platforms combining spatial information and open data information, which have been successfully deployed in previous projects within the Health and Environment domains. INT is the leader of WP4, and as such will coordinate the design and development of the COBACORE platform, contributing also to the implementation of specific modules.


Spatialest is an appraisal suite that helps you explore, analyse, discover and clean your data like never before. The only Appraisal Suite you’ll ever need.

Spatialest uses comparable sales information, property characteristics, and location to produce estimates of value. It combines statistical analysis within the power of a map interface enabling both novice and advanced users to generate high quality accurate appraisal analysis.

University of Zilina

The University of Zilina is a modern university providing technological, economic, management, and in a limited range humanistic and natural science education at under-graduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. At present the University consists of seven faculties and seven institutes. Numerous international projects have been carried out successfully within the frame of various EU programs, such as Tempus, Leonardo, Socrates, 5th, 6th, 7th Framework Program, etc. There is a broad cooperation based on bilateral agreements. The University has introduced sophisticated information system containing information about teachers, students, study programmes and plans, study results, etc. The University and its faculties have renewed the ISO 9001 certification for professional quality management.
The studies at Faculty of Special Engineering are technologically and managerially oriented. The faculty curricula encompass specific subjects for preparing the bachelors´ and engineers’ education for the needs of public administration, namely in the subjects of the civil and social security. For various companies of the national economy, social and other public institutions, the curricula are oriented on the problems of technological, economic, property and capital security, on safety at work, protection of persons, fire protection and solution of overall emergency and crisis situations. Furthermore, they are oriented on environmental problems including the solutions of natural disasters and catastrophes, and specifically on the problems of critical phenomena in the transport infrastructure, transport modes and logistics.








Project Update

Thank you for your interest in COBACORE, which concluded in March 2016.

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