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BAE SYSTEMS Plays Key Role In European Crisis Planning Initiative

13 Sep 2005

European nations are set to improve the way they cooperate in the event of a crisis and BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre is playing a key role. A European Commission 6th framework project called OASIS (Open advanced system for improved crisis management) aims to halve the reaction time to emergencies such as the New Orleans style flooding or the Exxon Valdez sized oil slicks, thus saving lives and minimising other disruption.

OASIS aims to revolutionise the whole process of information flow in the command and control systems that are set up to support rescue operations in the case of large scale emergencies.

BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre is leading the command, control, communications and intelligence activities in OASIS. Other companies in the consortium include EADS Defence and Security Systems, EADS Deutschland, Ericsson Microwave Systems and the Fraunhofer Institute AIS. The web-site www.oasis-fp6.org lists all the partners and provides further information on the project.

“We want to develop a generic system so different agencies from different countries can use their own technologies, such as software modules, and combine them with OASIS modules in the same system,” said Claire Moss, Project Leader for BAE Systems.

The defence potential of this work is considerable and the similarity between certain civil emergencies and those caused by enemy actions is easy to imagine. The response needed to a natural pandemic such as SARS would be similar to that for deliberate a bio-weapon attack and a hazardous waste spill in a city centre would require a similar response to a ‘dirty bomb’ terrorist attack.

Currently diverse agencies acting across many national boundaries would have to react in a co-ordinated manner to such an emergency with language, cultural and technology differences making this task even more challenging. OASIS brings together ten European countries with a steering group of policy advisers from each country. It aims to pool the experience and capabilities of each partner to produce a flexible information and communications technology that is compatible with all the agencies concerned.

ATC Human Factors experts will be crafting new ways to present information in a clear and unambiguous manner. This will involve the use of symbols and simple pictures to counter the language differences. For example, some sort of picture representation of types of vehicle at a certain location and symbols for threats such as chemicals may be used.

About BAE SYSTEMS

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The Company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, combat vehicles, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The Company employs over 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 14.8 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Coltart, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 383074
richard.coltart@baesystems.com



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