Standardization Tops Agenda at European Crisis Management Event
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 | Comments

Standardization topped the agenda of the Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) conference held 3 – 4 September in Warsaw, Poland.

Standardization was one of the main topics, along with interoperability and interagency cooperation. The event attracted participants from across Europe who came together to debate these key issues facing crisis management professionals. The I4CM conference and workshop is a central part of the EU-funded project DRIVER+ and brings together many experts to help create a shared understanding across all member states.

Co-hosted by ITTI, the German Institute of Standardization (DIN) and Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE), the opening address was delivered by Philippe Quevauviller of the European Commission’s DG HOME. Keynote presenters, panel discussions, interactive workshops and hands-on sessions contributed to a packed program and gave the floor to the different stakeholders. Participants were encouraged to network with like-minded peers, discuss areas of common interest and develop synergies between various initiatives and projects, and discuss the research road map for Horizon 2020 and beyond.

The event discussed how standardization can improve crisis management capabilities and cooperation, as well as the importance of community participation in the development of standards through a bottom-up process and with the European Commission's support, by ensuring that proposals correspond to the needs of practitioners. A “wall of standards,” where participants could learn more about standardization in an informal way and were invited to provide their own ideas and test their knowledge of application of standards, was available.

Patricia Compard, senior police commissioner of the French Ministry of Interior and chair of the Societal and Citizen Security body at the European Committee for Standardization, said “standards are some of the most powerful tools we can have. They can achieve the use of a common language, harmonized processes, trust and compatibility.”

Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the DRIVER+ project, including the test bed and portfolio of solutions that are being developed and used in the four project trials. Attendees offered feedback on the organization of the project’s first two trials.

Participants were also able to learn about the CMINE, the new Community of Practice in Crisis Management. Interagency cooperation and interoperability of communications systems were discussed in dedicated panels where experiences and good practices were put at the center of the discussions and emphasized how innovative solutions can assist crisis management practitioners.

Despite the innovation of technological components, “it's not just the system that matters, it's the culture, when partners are willing to share information,” said Jan Kuipers, senior fire officer and cluster commander in the Safety Region of Haaglanden, the Netherlands.

Sixteen solution providers were represented with demonstrations, along with 12 projects in the field of crisis management that were on display in the poster area.

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