SINTEF Hosts BRIDGE Nordic ValEDation Event in Oslo, Norway

27 Nov 2014

The Nordic ValEdation day was organised in Oslo, Norway, on November 19, 2014. The purpose was to demonstrate for Nordic actors the potential of the BRIDGE system with related concept cases. The focus was on three concept cases – MASTER, eTriage, and FRITS (First Responders Integrated Training System). To ensure that the demonstration was relevant for the participants the concept cases were demonstrated in the context of the international exercise HabourEX 2015 which will be held in Oslo in April 2015.


Twenty external actors from different organizations in Norway participated. They were all key actors regarding introduction of collaborative systems for emergency management. It was participants from directorates of Health, police and emergency communication, Norwegian Police University College, Norwegian Industrial Safety Organisation (NSO), Joint Rescue Coordination Centres and from local rescue units in police, health and fire.


The Nordic ValEDation Day was opened by SINTEF CEO Unni Steinsmo and incident commander from Oslo Police  Erling Olstad. Heiko Werner from the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), who is also on the BRIDGE End-User Advisory Board,  talked about the challenges and needs related to systems supporting co-operation and emergency management. The BRIDGE system and selected concept cases were then demonstrated. It all ended with a plenum discussion. The feedback from the participants was positive. There main question was related to when such products and services will be available. Issues on who will get access to different data, how secure is the system and how could such a system be agile were also of great interest to the audience.



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