What is ESENet

Efficient communication during Rescue operations and Emergency Management is anything but a trivial task. The need (urgent and real) to get messages sent, transferred, received and understood is every day’s challenge for stakeholders and decisions makers, who have often to face situation where delays or misunderstandings may lead to the loss oh human lives.

To help the understanding of the organisational processes in Emergency situations, the SECRICOM1 project introduced a useful structure based on “Interoperability Layers”, thus giving a synthetic form to all the needed components for realising a full and effective cooperation between Emergency Organisations. Such scheme, reported in the following Figure, shows how the crucial challenge of ensuring Interoperability and communication between Emergency Organisations requires the implementation of several levels of Interoperability, ranging from the basic physical interoperability of devices to the agreement of political objectives of the organisations.

Layers of Interoperability

Layers of Interoperability

ESENet aims to:

  • The identification of gaps in the emergency service provision chain and the collection of user requirements;
  • the selection of available and/or promising technologies for tackling the identified challenges, also identifying areas where further research is needed;
  • the analysis of organizational gaps, with suggestions and best practices at EU level about procedures, framework agreements and reorganizing suggested tasks;
  • the identification of available standards or areas where standards will be needed.
  • Although ESENet services will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the public authority user community, they will also be available to the Commission, and in a controlled manner, to other research projects. In this way, ESENet is designed to ensure that relevant topics for the citizen’s safety and security can be brought to the attention of these agencies.

    ESENet also ensures that emergency services do not have to do the carry out a literature search every time they want to find out if there are any operational practices or discussion which may help them address a particular problem. ESENet will already have done this for them and will be able to present them with information or direct them to where it can be found.

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    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme
    for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 313013