Plenary meeting in Athens, September 2014

The P-REACT consortium met in Athens on the 24th and 25th of September 2014. The Plenary meeting was hosted by KEMEA and it took place in its premises.

The meeting had several goals and sessions, but the most notable ones were the Ethical Advisory Board workshop, the Exploitation workshop, and the candidate use cases to be addressed by the P-REACT solution. On September 24th, the Ethical Advisory Board held its first face-to-face meeting. Before the meeting the ethical external experts (Dr. Lilian Mitrou, Dr. Emma Teodoro, Dr Rebeca Varela, and Mr. Alfonso Alfonsi) reviewed the overall P-REACT system architecture and they made several comments and questions which had also been responded by the consortium partners. During the discussion, potential issues and questions raised by the external ethical experts were commented with all partners.The way forward and next steps were identified.

The Exploitation workshop focused on market exploitation of the solution and the preliminary positioning of all partners. Exploitation expectations were aligned, a plan of action was discussed and next steps were agreed.

During the various workshops and discussions with end users undertaken by the P-REACT consortium, a number of candidate use cases were identified . The initial list of candidate use cases had been reviewed by the technical partners of the consortium in order to evaluate them from different perspectives, including technical feasibility, scientific challenge, or exploitation interest prior to the meeting. After the discussions that took place in the meeting two of the use cases were chosen. These two use cases will now be defined in much further details and they will be implemented during the next development cycles (by the end of December 2014, and if not by the end of the second cycle, March 2015).

It is also worth commenting that during the meeting in Athens, the consortium ran successfully a real time demo of a the “panic button” use case. This use case was chosen in June 2014, as a basic use case encompassing some of the key components of the end-to-end integrated P-REACT architecture. Although the use case itself was simple and the analytics acting as the panic trigger were not advanced, having an end-to-end working system that integrates most of the components of the platform by the end of the sixth month of the project is very good news and allows the consortium re-enforce its confidence in delivering valuable results in this project.

The next 6 months are very important for the project as they will be those in which the core components of the P-REACT platform will be built.