The EPICO19 project (acronym for Epidemiological and logistic COVID-19 model) is the winner of the “Space in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak” program promoted by the European Space Agency, in collaboration with the Ministry for technological innovation and digitization and support of the Italian Space Agency.
The project proposal provides for the development of a web application to support technicians and decision makers in the field of Public Health, for the prediction of the pandemic in progress in terms of cases, hospitalizations and deaths and for the definition of the most effective restrictive measures for the containment of the infection.
EPICO19 is part of the demonstration projects on the topic of Health and will focus on the Reggio Emilia area, in close collaboration with the Reggio Emilia Local Health Authority.
The call was launched in April 2020 during the first wave of COVID-19 infections with the aim of co-financing pilot projects to support pandemic response and management through the application of innovative geospatial technologies.
During the first lockdown, a competent and highly motivated team led by the Innovative Milanese SME TerrAria and made up of the innovative start-up STUDIOMAPP and university of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) challenged the difficulties given by the particular historical moment by elaborating the project proposal.
The project started in November 2020 and lasts a year: the first 4 months are dedicated to the implementation of the service and the remaining 8 to the execution of the pilot, its evaluation and any refinements.
EPICO19 prototype release on line and demonstration phase starts. The prototype is ready to be customized during the pilot.
The work is structured in 6 first level WPs:
All the outputs obtained from the technical WPs will converge in the EPICO19 prototype where the first integration of all parts of the system takes place.
After 4 months from the start of the project, the result of this implementation is the EPICO19 prototype, ready to be customized in the pilot: the WP6000 sees the active participation of the whole consortium and the user of AUSL Reggio Emilia and the final result is the prototype of EPICO19 fully operational in the provincial context of Reggio Emilia.