Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285205.

Cooperation

 

Expected results

The interoperability is especially important during major incidents in addition to the major ones there are: bomb disposal, public utilities, coastguard, technical rescue, search & rescue, road service, hazmat and other disaster relief. In response to them, many agencies get involved, several command posts cooperate and the crises management centre is created.

It is not only the high availability of information that is important, if the information is fraudulent, modified or misused, it could result in severe consequences– fraudulent information in the right time could serve as a powerful terrorist weapon. This is the reason the communication systems are often designed for handling of classified information and are certified (usually to level EU Restricted or Confidential).

The interoperability platform that interconnects such systems must use the same level of security assurance or higher; otherwise the interoperability will create vulnerability. In addition, the interfaces to such systems are often classified; there are legal, intellectual property rights or contractual issues that limit the interoperability.

The FREESIC project has decided to address this problem – investigate and proof ways to provide the secure and cost effective interoperability between as many communication systems as possible without having to do the Sisyphean task of never-ending one-to-one integration.

FREESIC will be cost effective, based on EU standards and standard protocols so that the time and effort needed to integrate is minimal. The motivation for system integrators is in the form of new services they can provide to their users. The work can be reused later by different agencies using the same technology.

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