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OASIS : Open Advanced System for dIsaster and emergency management

OASIS : Open Advanced System for dIsaster and emergency management

Objective

Seamless response to cross-border emergency situations

If a major natural disaster were to strike several European countries simultaneously, coordinating emergency relief efforts across borders could be a nightmare.

But, in the not too distant future, local, regional and Europe-wide cooperation between civil protection organisations and emergency services should be well organised and relatively seamless, thanks to an ongoing EU research project.

At the moment, language and widely differing technologies are barriers to a harmonised approach. This is not just a cross-border problem, but also a regional and inter-service one within countries.

Language and technology barriers

Project OASIS, which runs until December 2008, was set up to make it a lot easier for the different units involved in an emergency call-out to communicate clearly with each other, despite any language barriers and different methods of operation.

That such coordination could be done on a pan-European basis had already been proved by the co-operation that exists between NATO countries on military matters. Military units from different countries are currently able to communicate and work together at short notice.

The OASIS project involves 14 partners from ten countries, ensuring the latest know-how on emergency management from industrial, civil, user and academia perspectives.

Easy exchange of information

From the outset, OASIS has been working to develop an IT framework that allows the different respondents to an emergency, from wherever and whoever they are, to exchange information.

First, the partners had to identify – and in some instances develop from scratch – the key components to form the basis of a European disaster and emergency management system, and then to test the components and the system.

At the core of the project is what the partners call a ‘standard instrument’. This is a detailed specification for a structured set of data named the Tactical Situation Object (TSO). The TSO describes the emergency, the resources engaged in responding to one, and the tasks in progress in a precise and unambiguous way.

Clarity and accuracy

All the parties responding to the emergency need to be able to feed information into the TSO in real time and to access the latest information as they require it. This ability provides the responders with the clarity and accuracy they need to deal with the situation.

For responders to be able to link into other systems and use the information provided by such systems, researchers had to create an OASIS IT framework. They had to develop common standards and a set of software tools that were independent of language and technology. The design allows others with different languages and technology to use the tools.

The researchers tested the first version of the prototype system in September 2006 by simulating large-scale chemical leaks in the UK and France.

In April 2008, a functional set-up of the OASIS system was demonstrated by civil protection users – police, firefighters, ambulance, and the highway agency – at Cranfield University in the UK.

The project team also scheduled a trial of the system in July 2008, linking OASIS into the Czech Republic’s crisis- management information system. A field trial of a mobile command post was conducted in May 2008 in a remote area of Romania.

On completion, the project researchers will have laid the foundations for a linked-up European emergency response system.

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Coordinator Contact

Martine Couturier (Ms)

Coordinator

AIRBUS DS SAS

Address

Boulevard Jean Moulin - Zac De La Clef Saint Pierre 1
78990 Elancourt

France

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 2 405 413

Administrative Contact

Martine Couturier (Mrs)

Participants (18)

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MEDIUM SOFT A.S.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 188 645

Ministerstvo vnitra

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

DORNIER GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRAENKTER HAFTUNG

Germany

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 856 996

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 745 499

EADS SECURE NETWORKS

France

EU Contribution

€ 467 598

EADS ASTRIUM SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 67 397

ELSAG DATAMAT S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 694 740

DATAMAT S.P.A.

Italy

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 313 582

THALES NORWAY AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 534 784

EDISOFT-EMPRESA DE SERVICOS E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE SOFTWARE SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 386 490

RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 340 313

SAAB MICROWAVE SYSTEMS AB

Sweden

ERICSSON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 616 363

IMASS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 133 434

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 843 086

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 875 660

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 004677

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 19 378 058

  • EU contribution

    € 10 500 000

Coordinated by:

AIRBUS DS SAS

France