The proof of concept referred above, tested the concept of information regarding emergency incidents being shared between multiple agencies utilising a standard messaging format originally created for use by the Highways Agency. This is already recognised by leading Command & Control (C2) and Computer Aided Despatch (CAD) systems. It is proposed that adapting this standard to meet multiagency information requirements would fulfil this requirement.
User need approach:
As the leading Command & Control (C2) and Computer Aided Despatch (CAD) systems already incorporate the base standard it will be available to a range of Category 1 & 2 responders.
Achieving the expected benefits:
The standard will need to be updated to cater for the development of the proposed Hub. Aside from this, the current standard would enable other benefits to be realised such as integration with existing systems and faster deployment times leading to better services for the public. The existing standard is also used in Wales to provide resilience to Fire service control rooms.
Inclusion of the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) as part of the refresh could in the future, facilitate additional intelligence sharing across all public service organisations. There are already conversations underway to discuss how this approach can be used to share information on vulnerable adults, employee duty of care flags and public protection data.
The proof of concept referred to above is, in its simplest form, an electronic switchboard using an XML Schema to allow messages to be transferred over a secure PSN accredited network (for Wales this is the PSBA) using existing control centre environments and employee authentication methods. The existing standard includes the majority of data types referenced in the challenge. As part of the changes, inclusion of the UPRN as described above would aid the quality of data being transferred.
Other steps to achieving interoperability: