The 1st “END-USER WORKSHOP ON RECONASS SYSTEM USER REQUIREMENTS”, took place in Berlin, Germany, 24th & 25th of March 2014.


The workshop aimed at defining how potential end-users proceed with damage and needs assessment and at evaluating the preliminary requirements emerged from the “RECONASS end-user requirements questionnaire”. The central objective was to obtain as much input as possible from potential end-users. The requirements correspond to two main categories, functional and non-functional, thus assisting the process of producing a solid basis for the RECONASS system development.


An internationally diverse group of major end-users has been set up during the first months of the project. Six different user groups have been identified. Two RECONASS flyers have been produced, in order to attract and inform potential end-users. The original scope of the workshop in terms of the attending end-users was to invite at least two representatives for each “end-user group category”. Within the workshop, end-users were divided into two mixed groups in order to discuss, evaluate and consolidate the preliminary requirements.


At first sight, although the two groups covered different scenarios, and although each group presented some specific findings, the main outcome is characterized by a significant level of congruity, mainly due to the fact that end-users wish to receive the data and the information in a simple and robust way, easy to handle and the RECONASS system should be open for a broader detection of e.g. hazards (gas, etc.), temperatures (fires, etc.), flooding, and allow interoperability with other monitoring systems as well. Furthermore, one could already detect at this stage that some general outcomes of both working groups confirm the findings of the RECONASS end-user requirement questionnaire, e.g. the importance of a monitoring and alarm function of the RECONASS system.


Map of Europe presenting the end-user group



This project is funded by the European Union