Discuss with us possible gaps between requirements of practitioners and on the market available technologies! (see files deliverables D2.1 State-of-the-art Analysis, D2.2 Preliminary inventory of practitioners’ requirements, and D2.4 Gap Analysis)

Dear civil protection practitioners,

After collecting first insights into the practitioners’ requirements, we compared the practitioners’ requirements we have been able to gather during the project so far (see the file deliverable D2.2 Preliminary inventory of practitioners’ requirements) with the already on the market available Situational Awareness Tools/Systems, the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies (see the file deliverable D2.1 State-of-the-art Analysis) in a so called Gap Analysis (see the file deliverable D2.4 Gap Analysis).

We found out that most requirements from practitioners are fulfilled by already on the market available tools, the COTS technologies cover first responder requirements quite extensively.

So, while a variety of COTS tools are available, the technology is currently not being used amongmost of the practitioners, which begs the question of what are the possible barriers to their uptake?

The questions we would like to raise for starting discussion:

  • Why do you think are most technologies not used among most of the practitioners in civil protection?
  • What could be possible barriers in their uptake?


We are looking forward to a fruitful discussion and exchange with you!


Best regards on behalf of SAYSO,

Hanna M. Burkow

Project Coordinator

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  • From my point of view, there are two major obstacles:

    • A system which is to be used in a real mission has to be extremely reliable and robust even when used under stress or under difficult conditions. Existing Systems have often turned out to be somewhat shaky in use.
    • The use of the system must be fairly easy to learn. Since most of the potential systems are not designed of every-day use, but for exceptional situations, which rarely occur, practitioners are not willing to invest a large amount of time to learn to operate a system which they rather seldomly.