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Geowise Coordinates the EU H2020 ResiStand-project

ResiStand – Increasing disaster resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support standardisation of technologies and services.

The goal of the ResiStand-project is to find new ways to improve the crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities of the European Union and individual Member States through standardisation. Geowise’s responsibility is to coordinate the activities between 13 partners from different companies and institutions in order for them to have the most efficient cooperation. Officially the project started on May 1st and on May 9th  the Steering Board members gathered in Helsinki for a two-day kick-off meeting on the cruise boat.


The protection of citizens through anticipation, preparedness, response and adaptation to crisis situations will then be most efficient. The Project focuses on implementing the benefits of standardisation so to achieve improved disaster resilience. Standardisation is a powerful tool to achieve better interoperability. However, it needs to overcome the lack of interest and modest participation of the stakeholders. Also, promising research results is not always used as the basis for new standards.

Collaboration between national, European and international stakeholders will be enhanced through unified processes and management systems as well as by technical, procedural, operational and semantic interoperability.

ResiStand contributes to improved disaster resilience by identifying and analysing the drivers, constraints and expectations of the three main stakeholder communities: Standardisation Organisations, End-Users and Suppliers, consisting of researchers, industry and SMEs. Based on this information, gaps in standardisation are identified and a prioritised roadmap for new initiatives will be created. The roadmap will be complemented by a critical evaluation of the standards that are to be used as a tool to improve disaster resilience.

ResiStand aims at implementing a pre-standardisation process that supports the development of standards. The feasibility of the process will be tested by developing a new work item. The objective is for stakeholders to continuously utilize this “ResiStand Process” in the future, and that the project delivers a better understanding of the potential of standards for contributing to improved disaster resilience.

ResiStand will support the management of increasing threats to society such as armed conflicts, terrorism, pandemics and natural disasters, which have increasingly cross-border, even global consequences due to ongoing globalisation.

The duration of the project is 2 years and its budget is 1.96 MEUR.  The consortium consists of the following companies and institutions:

1               Geowise Oy (Finland)

2               European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (Germany)

3               Netherlands Standardisation Institute (Netherlands)

4               DIN German Institute for Standardisation (Germany)

5               Finnish Standards Association (Finland)

6               Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (Netherlands)

7               Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung (Germany)

8               VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (Finland)

9               Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)

10            Atos Spain, S.A. (Spain)

11            D’Appolonia S.p.a. (Italy)

12            Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH (Germany)

13            Trilateral Research Ltd (UK)

14            Treelogic S. L. (Spain)


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