Certification in Electronic Emergency Management
Like in any other domains, interoperability is a key challenge in electronic emergency management and it is only possible through standardization. There are a number of disparate standardization activities in this domain towards different layers of communication stack from physical interoperability to organizational interoperability. However, their extensive and effective adoption has not been achieved due to the lack of supporting certification mechanisms. In other words, claiming conformance to these standards is not formally described. In this paper, within the scope of European Commission supported C2-SENSE project, we propose standard mechanisms for the conformance/interoperability testing of the emergency management standards and their certification. The mechanism is based on CEN/WS Global Interoperability Test Bed initiative where an online test bed is accessed by the implementers of the emergency management systems, which claim conformance to the standards, and execute testing scenarios like in a real life setting.
KeywordsConformance and interoperability testing Certification Test bed Emergency management
The work presented in this paper is achieved in the scope of C2-SENSE project  supported by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement number 607729.
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