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Handling the crises faced by modern societies often requires the coordination of multiple types of stakeholders from different countries. One of the key requirements to manage crisis is to have access to situational awareness (SA). However, current SA solutions (SAS) are not adapted to operate in cross-border contexts and present several shortcomings related to interoperability, data management/processing, decision making, standardisation and procurement. This hinders a reliable sharing of SA information. SAYSO will address these shortcomings and pave the way for the development of innovative European cost-effective Multi-Stakeholders SA Systems (MSSAS) which will provide practitioners with user-friendly solutions, providing a clear picture of the situation at hand with relevant advices.

Addressing both the technical and human aspects of technology implementation, SAYSO will define the specifications of future MSSAS on the basis of practitioners’ requirements and specify the corresponding Reference Architecture to support the integration of various data into a common operational picture. This architecture will support interoperability and allow the integration of legacy and future SAS. It will also be customisable to practitioners’ needs and safeguard adequate privacy protection and data security levels. SAYSO will pursue the agreement and sustainable involvement of a community of practitioners, relevant suppliers and potential procurers, institutions and policy makers to obtain widely accepted results and prepare future procurement actions at EU level.

SAYSO will develop a toolkit for MSSAS procurers, which will include tender documentation for SAYSO-compliant MSSAS and a SAYSO Procurers Handbook (with tools to evaluate MSSAS tenders and assess their compliance with the SAYSO specifications and existing standards). A registry of potential suppliers and procurers of MSSAS will be set up. Finally, SAYSO will deliver roadmaps for future MSSAS and standardisation.

Brief description: Standardisation of situational Awareness sYstems to Strengthen Operations in civil protection


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SAYSO aims to pave the way for the development of innovative Situational Awareness Systems (multiple sensors, computer-based decision support) for improved coordination of multi-stakeholder civil protection operations.

The SAYSO mission is to define the specifications and corresponding Reference Architecture for beyond the State-of-the-Art Situational Awareness tools that fulfil end-user requirements and that can be used across different organisations, different command levels and national borders. The future development of SAYSO-compliant Situational Awareness Systems for Multiple Stakeholders will allow Civil Protection practitioners to: 

  • share information
  • analyse hazards and uncertainties
  • obtain a clear picture of the situation at hand with relevant advice

To achieve this mission, the SAYSO project will address the following areas:

  • Requirements: SAYSO will gather requirements from practitioners on what a future Situational Awareness System for Multiple Stakeholders should look like. SAYSO will also analyse the current State-of-the-Art of existing Situational Awareness Systems.
  • Specifications & Reference Architecture: SAYSO will draw specifications for future Situational Awareness tools that fulfil end-user requirements and can be used by multiple stakeholders across national borders. SAYSO will also specify a Reference Architecture that is in compliance with legal requirements, handles organisational and technical heterogeneity, and is able to support interoperable and customisable Situational Awareness Systems for Multiple Stakeholders.
  • Roadmap: SAYSO will prepare a roadmap for the development of future Situational Awareness Systems for Multiple Stakeholders and the corresponding Reference Architecture.
  • Standardisation: SAYSO will provide input for future standardisation efforts in shared situational awareness.
  • Procurement: SAYSO will provide the information and tools that Public Procurement Authorities need to launch pre-commercial procurements required to develop SAYSO-compliant Situational Awareness Systems.
  • Network & Community: SAYSO will establish and maintain a sustainable international Network and Community of practitioners, procurers and suppliers of SAYSO‐compliant Situational Awareness Systems for Multiple Stakeholders coming from different types of organisations and cultural backgrounds.

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