On 1st July 2014 a consortium of 16 partners, including police, safety, health and social services authorities, ICT, university and research institutions launched the research collaborative project, SECTOR (Secure European Common Information Space For The Interoperability Of First Responders And Police Authorities); http://www.fp7-sector.eu/; @SectorFP7), that is aimed at establishing the foundations of future Common Crisis Management (CCM) Information Spaces . The project will receive in excess of 3.1 million Euros funding from the European Commission for scientific research and innovation.
Why the change in crisis management communication is needed?
Management of a natural or man-made crisis is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The ever growing human, economic and environmental loss due to a disaster determines the need for a systematic approach to the management of a crisis, which entails a multi-disciplinary understanding and risk management assessment of the disaster. A Collaborative Crisis Management (CCM) response is usually coordinated by local authorities or dedicated civil protection organisations, supported by a variety of different national and international crisis management organisations, acting relatively autonomously. The process is typically coordinated through periodic physical meetings of the involved organisations, in which information is shared about the situation, priorities are set and responsibilities allocated. The follow-up and execution of tasks is often managed by each individual organisation, typically supported by a range of not interoperable information management tools, depending on the level of information available on the local or national crisis management systems.
Aimed at establishing the foundations of the future Common CCM Information Spaces, SECTOR focuses on expanding the European scientific knowledge base on the cross-border multi-agency CCM processes and the complications they imply when aiming at setting-up and designing cross-border supporting information systems.
SECTOR – crisis management across borders
The project will allow the researchers not only to support different first responder organisations (incl. fire brigades, ambulance, civil protection agencies, etc.) and police authorities, within and across borders to share information and resources, but will also respect both the autonomy of these agencies, local predefined procedures and the local legal requirements (e.g. related to privacy of victims personal information).The project does not have the ambition to superimpose a novel hierarchical system over existing local, national or international systems. Instead, SECTOR is aimed at developing a flexible Common Information Space concept that provides users with “peer-to-peer” type functionalities to dynamically set-up cross-agency collaborative platforms and information spaces, for information and resource sharing across agencies and across borders, as required in a specific crisis situation.
First respondents input
The project will engage with first responders for disaster crisis management response in Europe to bring their knowledge base capacity for use in test case scenarios. Based on a thorough inventory and analyses of the cross-agency and cross border CCM processes and supporting data sets, daily information management tools and processes, the project will develop a novel European CCM Meta-Model that models a high-level collaborative cross-agency and cross-border CCM processes and the related information and knowledge that needs to be integrated and shared among agencies involved in international crisis management (from prevention/preparedness to recovery).
Interoperability is the goal
The project will develop a European CCM taxonomy that will enable interoperability among different existing stakeholders’ information systems. The interoperability will be technically guaranteed by an advanced net-centric information management tool, which is able to structure and present information to collaborative groups of (international) stakeholder organisations.Based on these analyses, the project will design a new concept for a European Common Information Space for CCM information and knowledge resources and services sharing. It will validate the SECTOR concept by developing and building a Common Information Space Architecture, adapting and integrating some existing CIS related tools (i.e. IsyProc, OMAR, webGIS) and implement this into a prototype CIS to be tested by end-user agencies in three complementary cross-agency and cross-border test scenarios (both simulations and field exercises).
Ultimately, the project is aimed at enabling better preparation of the information used in all stages of the crisis disaster cycle, and thus enabling organisations for faster and more effective communication, information resources and services sharing in response actions.
The SECTOR project duration is from July 2014 to June 2017. The project consortium consists of the following organizations:
- E-GEOS SPA, Italy. (Project Coordinators)
- SESM SOLUZIONI EVOLUTE PER LA SISTEMISTICA E I MODELLI S.C.A.R.L., Italy.
- UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA, Spain.
- ASELSAN Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., Turkey.
- TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT, Sweden.
- ITTI SP. Z O.O., Poland.
- CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER L’INFORMATICA, Italy.
- SAADIAN TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED, Ireland.
- UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART, Germany.
- THALES SA, France.
- POLICE SERVICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND.
- WYZSZA SZKOLA POLICJI W SZCZYTNIE (POLICE ACADEMY IN SZCZYTNO), Poland.
- HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE, Ireland.
- SZKOLA GLOWNA SLUZBY POZARNICZEJ (THE MAIN SCHOOL OF FIRE SERVICE), Poland.
- STICHTING STUDIO VEILIGHEID, Netherlands
- EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN, Germany.
If you want more information about particular organizations, please see the SECTOR Consortium bookmark.