ARGOS is a software system to support the emergency organization to make the best possible decisions in case of incidents involving atmospheric dispersion of hazardous CBRN-materials.
ARGOS is useful throughout the entire disaster life cycle:
- During the Preparedness phase for planning, dimensioning and training - including evaluation of various 'What-if' scenarios
- During the Response phase by calculating prognoses about how the situation will evolve; what can be the consequences of the dispersion; what the proper emergency or evacuation zones are; etc.
- During the Recovery phase; what will be the effect of applying possible countermeasures; etc.
- In the Evaluation phase to study what could have been done better and how could the situation have evolved?
ARGOS is a robust and mature product developed from more than 15 years of experience and intensive user involvement.
Today, ARGOS supports emergency management organizations in 13 countries covering more than 400 million people worldwide.
The ARGOS Consortium is a group of public emergency management organizations using ARGOS, and participating in the further development of the ARGOS system.
ARGOS can estimate the atmospheric dispersion of chemical releases and smoke from fires - involving dangerous substances and generate proposals for emergency zones and safety distances connected to the levels of concern for each substance. Read more
ARGOS can generate prognoses for
atmospheric dispersion of biological agents. The dispersion models have proven their strength and capability during the spread of the foot-and-mouth disease
in 2001 in Britain.
ARGOS can be used in the response to radiological contamination from accidents or from terror events with dirty bombs or improvised nuclear devices.