Results of the ATHENA review

Following the final project review in December 2016, Project Coordinator Jessica Gibson has shared the results with the rest of the consortium. The project was reviewed as being “Excellent” and has “fully achieved its objectives and technical goals or has even exceeded expectations”

The overall assessment from the report states the following:

The project has achieved it’s proposed objectives for the time-frame in evaluation. The contributions of social media in crisis management have been documented in the several reports submitted and the overall results, in terms of the produced prototype of APP and back office for emergency management, show beyond the state of the art achievements in terms of usability and user-friendliness.


Overall the project was able to:

  1. Deliver new knowledge on new and emerging communication technologies and applications. 
  2. It has provided an insight into the ways to utilize such communication technologies and applications in order to promote safety and security of citizens in crisis situations.
  3. Implement guidelines in order to promote better communication and information gathering by users of the APP for later or real time usage by authorities and first responders. 
  4. It has developed a set of analysis of the potential roles and ethical dimensions regarding citizen participation in emergency response.
  5. It was able to disseminate the findings and discuss them with wider audiences and to seek the opinion of stakeholders working in the field


Relevant highlights related to science and technology achievements of the project are:

  • the integration of the proposed functionalities in an integrated platform.
  • development of dense approach to deal with varying legal issues per country, or service per country.
  • ability to incorporate ethical concerns.
  • having devised a variable and flexible system for access control.
  • providing a functioning demonstrator, the mobile application as well as back office to support the developed tools.
  • the inclusion of a variable mapping service in function of the available budget of the country or service that will use the tool.
  • the building of a user friendly interface.

As to the future impact of the project, it should be highlighted that: 

  • the team was able to foster the interest upon the users community.
  • the team agreed upon a post-project co-operation with the current consortium partners.
  • the team achieved agreement in further exploration of R&D efforts to update and expand the current platform and functionalities.


This is an excellent result achieved by the hard work of each partner involved in the ATHENA project for the last 3 years, especially those who attended the final review for a grilling from the project reviewers!

Further Press Releases

Following the SAS press release last week, a number of other online news sources have released their own write up of the ATHENA app. Please see below for links:

Smart Cities World

UK police use analytics to improve disaster response

Circulation: 20,000


IT Security Guru

West Yorkshire police use analytics from SAS to improve disaster response

Circulation: 18,000


UK Authority

West Yorks Police test analytics app

Circulation: 50,400


Yorkshire Evening Post

Police staged crisis scenarios in West Yorkshire to test prototype Athena mobile app

Circulation: 1,144,401

Final EC Review

ATHENA Project Draws to a Close

The three year EU funded project ATHENA has drawn to a close. On December 14, 2016, the consortium presented its findings for the Research Executive Agency (REA) at the final review. Despite the fact that the project has officially ended, the consortium partners are investigating how the ATHENA solution can be used and seeking new opportunities for collaboration.

Group photo - Final Review-cropped

ATHENA Volume Published

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Together with the ATHENA project consortium members, CRISMART has investigated how people use social media and their smart devices in a crisis. The findings of this research have been compiled in the Springer publication “Application of Social Media in Crisis Management: Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications,” edited by Babak Akhgar, David Waddington, and Andrew Staniforth.

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