How to validate and distribute
validated data in a crisis situation?
BUIDL with physical safety experts, firefighters and the Dutch Ministry of Justice & Security, to enable civilians participating in crisis & disaster management. When in a real crisis, both the rescuers on the scene and the public must be fully aware of what they need to do to be safe and help. That’s why access to validated data from the field is critical.


In a real crisis or catastrophe, we want both fully-informed rescuers on the scene and a public fully aware of how to be safe and/or help. In this chaotic context, everyone should be able to rely on validated data. Every crisis has a related data field. The richer and more connected the data field, the better. This data field consists of both open (the general public, internet of things, databases) and closed (professional rescue organisations and ‘crisis partners’) data.

Nowadays, citizens can collect a lot of valuable information through their smartphones or other connected devices. This means they can potentially help both emergency services and (potential) victims during incidents and catastrophes.

To obtain a comprehensive, validated picture of the situation, the Emergency and Crisis Management Centre (ECMC) wants:

Use of the open data

Use of closed data from organisations with information potentially relevant during a crisis.

Ways for people to help validate the situation. For example, the ECCC can ask civilians present on the scene if a fire is still burning, or to take pictures of the situation.


Expert crisis management
Crisis management expert
Fire brigade expert
Emergency and Crisis Management Centre
LCMS expert
LMS expert


A demo set with GEO map layers
Access to applications with a demo account (like crisis management systems or systems used by the Emergency Control Centre) relevant to the challenge (to be included)

Ways to connect applications through webservice/APIs (to be included)


Mature SME


Protocol, as the solution must be broadly adopted.


Open source, as we are not looking for a complete solution in this phase. We expect teams to develop a prototype that can be developed further by changing coalitions. In this way, we want to stimulate lasting and natural innovation in the safety domain.



IFV would like to learn how to redesign information management during crises, currently quite centralised and dependent on professionals, towards a more ‘smart’, decentralised and risk-tolerant system. How can these techniques help the Emergency and Crisis Management Centre (ECMC) obtain a constantly updated picture of any emergent risks in society with the potential to lead to a crisis situation?


Real-time reliable information (live civilian/sensor feed) at the accident scene during the suppression


Utilisation of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and blockchain to collect and interpret the gathered data and in this way contribute to the picture and the validation of the situation.

The solution should provide feedback and action perspectives to everyone (public and professionals) involved with the crisis situation from validated data.

The solution should potentially be able to alert civilians (for example via an app) with specific skills beneficial to help the rescuers and victims. How would they be motivated to do so?
Next to that, the consortium is wondering in which way these techniques and the collected data could help the Emergency and Crisis Management Centre (ECMC) to continuously have a current picture of risks emerging in the society, that could potentially lead to a crisis situation.

Track record in innovation and acceleration with teams/companies

To be included


Current consortium:

Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid (IFV)
Ministry of Justice & Safety
Landelijke Samenwerking Meldkamers (Dutch collaboration of public safety answering points
Safety Region Friesland
Safety Region Groningen
Safety Region Rotterdam


Non-commercial and/or government organisations with specific expertise in emerging technologies are very welcome to join the consortium.



What does the partner have to offer: The Netherlands consists of 25 independent Safety Regions. We offer winning teams to present their solution to the Raad Directeuren Veiligheidsregio (the national council of the managing directors of the 25 regions), this presentation will potentially unlock new opportunities for the teams.

What do consortium partnershave to offer: Access to the network of the Dutch Crisis- and Disaster management. They offer possibilities to pitch your solution on a national level or specifically within certain safety regions. Safety regions share a lot of information, so when a solution works very well in Safety Region X, than the chance that this solution will be implemented in other Safety Regions increases. The better your solution, how bigger the chance that your solution will be adapted on national scale.


Watch this video to get an idea of our vision of the future:

An interesting article: this shows the need for real time validated information on the basis of open data:

Don’t forget to check the following content to get better insight into the topics of this challenge:
Watch the Track Deep Dive livestream: here
See the Track Deep Dive presentation: here


Lars Scheenstra
Fire Officer of the Safety Region of Groningen

Any questions? Please contact Lars and the entire Track through the community Crisis and disaster management-group: 

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