The JRC European Crisis Management Laboratory (ECML) acts as a research, development and test facility for ICT focused solutions, integrating devices, applications, and crisis management related information sources to support crisis management needs such as threats analysis, common situation awareness, and collaborative decision making. The Laboratory also allows distributed crisis management training across relevant DG services as well as between DG services and their partners in the EU MSs and others engaged in crisis management, thereby enhancing their awareness and confidence in the application of technological solutions to strengthen their functions in crisis management. [JRC-ECML-Mission.pdf ]
The Laboratory will be continously tested in a variety of crisis scenarios ranging from intentional threats and natural disasters to health crises. The use of visual analytics for improving information readability, visualisation and effectiveness, particularly in large video screen environments, will form an integral part of the laboratory's research.
ECML is used to host a programme of workshops and experiments to assess maturity of crisis management technology. The schedule of workshops is available here:
In the ECML, equipped with all devices which are normally available in a real Crisis Room, feasibility studies are conducted where it is be possible to:
- test software which should be delivered to DGs or other bodies;
- test new devices which may be useful in security environments (e.g., secure communication devices) or coordination centers (e.g., field reporting tools for crisis assessment);
- provide a backup in case if a crisis room for instance in Brussels becomes unoperational;
- use the ECML for day-by-day video conferencing with Brussels;
The JRC Crisis Management Laboratory is equipped with a 15m2 large video wall with touch interface that can be fed by several video and/or audio sources. It is also fitted with a video conference system, A0 plotter, printer, several computers, WLAN access point, interactive whiteboard system with touch interface.
The laboratory's staff is operational during working days, but the infrastructure can be operated on a 24h basis by personnel from other DGs who can use the Crisis Management Laboratory as a backup of their systems to assure business continuity, and also in the extreme situations when their respective crisis rooms are not available.
Scientific and technical support: The JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) provides scientific and technical support (integrated ICT systems, analysis) to Commission services and agencies.