The ATHENA project is a grant-funded European Commission, 7th Framework Programme security themed research project, led by West Yorkshire Police. West Yorkshire Police are the first ever UK police service to lead such a project of this size, scale and scope. Launched in December 2013, the three year project’s aim is to utilise media communications and develop tools to enhance the ability of citizens and first responders in crisis situations. With ATHENA’s citizen safety focus and practitioner-led approach, the project shall help empower citizens, keeping them safe and making them feel safer.

The goal of the ATHENA project is to enable and encourage users of new media to contribute to public and individual security in crisis situations. The project places considerable importance on the involvement of a variety of end-users in order to identify diverse needs and concerns, which are then fed into the development process.

The project is divided into 9 work packages (WP). The research and analysis from work packages 2 and 3 are fed into each of the four technical work packages which involve processing of data, the creation of a mobile application, the development of crisis command and control centre intelligence dashboard, and the integration of these components into one harmonious system. Work package 8 focuses on developing exercise scenarios in order to test the developed prototypes. Work package 9 aims to ensure that the activities and progress of ATHENA are effectively communicated as well as increase public interest in the project.

Work Packages

  1. Project Management
  2. Crisis Communication Requirements and Ethics
  3. Human Factors and Best Practices: Crisis Sense Making and Communication
  4. Social Media and Crisis Information Processing
  5. Mobile Application Development for Crisis Management
  6. Command and Control Centre Intelligence Dashboard
  7. Integration and ATHENA Cloud
  8. Evaluation, Validation and Live Exercises
  9. Dissemination, Exploitation and Public Awareness