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Identifying the  “Hidden  Vulnerable”  Communities 

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the need for our communities to come together and support each other. Society will transition out of the lockdown phase and into a ‘new normal’ way of living. Communities who are most at risk of suffering from the impacts of Covid-19 are the ones comprising of individuals who are not known about by the healthcare services, local authorities (LA) or community voluntary organisations (CVO). These individuals could be just one step away from suddenly finding themselves in need of help. These communities are termed the “hidden vulnerable”. 

Astrosat’s ‘Isolation Plus’ project will leverage the strengths of space data in combination with publicly available ground data to identify these “hidden vulnerable” communities. We will work with user organisations, i.e. LA, CVO, charities and third sector organisations, to reach out and support them so that we can overcome this unprecedented period and emerge stronger than ever before. 

The ‘Isolation Plus’  tool

Astrosat will be running two user trials during the project:

  • Early Adopter Pilot, starting in August 2020 and runs for a period of 4 weeks. This user trial is aimed at testing the scientific approach we have adopted in identifying the “hidden vulnerable” communities as well as gathering user experience data to refine the development of the Isolation Plus tool. (Note: users may choose to continue using the tool for free at the end of the pilot and participate in the Scale-up Trial).
  • Scale-up Trial, starting in October 2020 and runs for a period of 12 weeks. This trial is aimed at testing the rigour of the developed solution at scale. We will gather user experience data as well as evaluate key factors that will enable Astrosat to commercialise the solution.

If you are a local authority in the UK, a community voluntary organisation, charity or third sector organisation and would like to be involved as a user in the aforementioned trials, please contact us on: isolationplus@astrosat.net

Note: The trial is completely free and you will have an opportunity to shape the solution to meet your needs/requirements!

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Who we work with?

European Space Agency (www.esa.int– ESA’s mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.  

Lanterne UK (www.crowdlessapp.co– Lanterne is a start-up company supported by the ESA Business Incubation Centre. By using satellite data and artificial intelligence technologies, Lanterne have created an application called “Crowdless” to identify where people are congregating anywhere in the world.