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Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-06-30

The Stair4Security framework is built as a single-entry point governance eco-system to support research, innovation and standardization in the DRR/CBRNe sectors. It is driven at policy levels and from a practitioners’ perspective to better meet their needs and to cover critical aspects including resource management, communities and network interactions.

The first objective of Stair4Security project is to develop a Digital Platform to support the governance of the Research, Innovation, and Standardisation (RIS) activities in the Disaster Resilience and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (DR-CBRNe) sectors. Towards this, the digital platform is envisioned to provide a single-entry point to RIS-related resources needed by researchers, practitioners, standardisers and other stakeholders. The Platform is developed under the scope of activities of Work package WP2 which aims to conceptualise and co-develop the Digital Platform with relevant stakeholders and in consultation with existing projects in the DR-CBRNe ecosystem to capture important interoperability requirements. WP2 also aims to develop a concrete strategy and the supporting structures to sustain the operation of the digital platform.

The second objective of the project is the revision of the necessary standardization tools and mechanisms to fit the needs of research and innovation when market need has been outlined by the proposer. This is be translated in the review of the CEN and CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA) process assessing its fit for purpose for the security sector.
The project has worked toward the reconceptualization of the S4s Digital Platform and produced a framework document as new blueprint for the digital platform. Two versions of the digital platform were developed and demonstrated to consortium members in March 2019 and participants of the NO-FEAR-Stair4Security Conference in November 2019.
An extensive engagement with key technical and project leads of DR-CBRNE projects has been performed to better understand the interoperability challenges and requirements with respect to data exchange and services between S4S digital platform and existing platforms in the DR-CBRNe ecosystem. These discussions have provided some valuable insights into both opportunities and challenges for enabling interoperable data exchange between the platform being developed and existing ones. Concrete ideas on how to position the S4S platform with respect to existing platforms and a set of recommendations resulting from feedback relating to features and the sustainability of the platform has been compiled for communication with relevant stakeholders.
A multilingual data model has been developed to underpin the data management services for the platform. This enables multi-lingual content on the digital platform. A comprehensive mapping of relevant data sources for the platform commenced with contributions from consortium members. This has led to a significant set of data on DR-CBRNe resources already identified. Some of these data have been loaded into the platform.

The project has also worked toward the objective to revise standardization tools and mechanisms to fit the needs of research and innovation. In relation with this objective, Deliverable 3.1 “Proposal for a CWA procedure meeting the needs of the security sector for adoption by the relevant CEN and CENELEC governing bodies” and Deliverable 3.2 “Proposal for a Fast-Track procedure for adoption by the relevant CEN and CENELEC governing bodies” has been submitted to CEN Technical Board as input for the ongoing revision of the CWA process (CEN-CENELEC Guide 29) and the fast-track approach (CEN-CENELEC Guide 23). Moreover, two security specific use-case (pilot project) have been identified to proof the concept outlined in Deliverable 3.1 and 3.2.

To bring the project forward, an engagement process was planned based on a 3-phased approach and built on from the obtained results from the target community. The first two phases of the plan - Phase 1 - Awareness (M1-M12) and Phase 2 - Cross-Fertilization (M12-M18) have been successfully concluded.
The Stair4Security platform will allow stakeholders - policymakers, practitioners as well as industry, SMEs, academics, standardizers as members of DRR and CBRN business - to connect, access and contribute to platform resources and services. It provides them with easy access to and use of relevant research information, including standardization information, technical solutions, best-practices, guidelines that they require to strengthen their day-to-day business activities.
Existing European security IT mechanisms or tools are Project/Topic/Activity/Job oriented. However, a holistic and transverse approach of DRR+CBRNE stakes is needed. The Stair4Security Platform will provide a holistic and transverse approach of security issues
The Stair4Security platform will enable the practitioners to identify, reach out, find and engage with every kind of stakeholder relevant to address any item for coordination, planning, training, testing technical solutions, selecting and implementing relevant innovation, pre-standardization or standardization, building a cluster or a consortium.
Expected concrete results for practitioners are:
• The Platform will enable practitioners to build a ‘bottom up’ comprehensive view of the state of play, state of the art to aid in the process for the establishment of their needs in coordination, innovation and research projects.
• Strengthen the practitioners’ common needs assessment process.
• Value and disseminate European projects results and deliverables assessed as considered as relevant by the practitioners.
• Provide a facility for practitioners to be able to choose available innovation matching their common needs.
• Enable the identification and resolution of gaps in their everyday business, their coordination activities, innovation, research and standardization, the setting up of common priorities ensuring interoperability principles.
• Enable practitioners and policy makers to optimise/secure their investments, human resources and training management.
• Enable the building of a practitioners/policy maker standardization strategy and roadmap with the determination of the standards that are useful, usable and needed for used by practitioners.
• Develop a better understanding of standardization’s objectives, processes and outcomes.