European Network of Crisis Management Laboratories

The European Network of Crisis Management Laboratories is a permanent infrastructure shared between Member States and European Institutions to serve as a testbed for new crisis management technology. 

The ENCML envisages to provide:

  • Workshops, Test-beds and Laboratories to run experiments, benchmarking exercises and demonstrations.  
  • Tools and services for designing, running and evaluating experiments 
  • Expert panels to conduct evaluation of results of workshops, experiments and exercises and in turn draft scoping papers that feed into EU R&I requirements

JRC European Crisis Management Laboratory (ECML) Minimize

A research, development and test facility for ICT focused solutions

The JRC European Crisis Management Laboratory acts as a research, development and test facility for ICT focused solutions which integrate 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 services of the European Commission, as well as with partners in the EU Member States 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.

The laboratory is used 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, visualization and effectiveness, particularly in large video screen environments, forms an integral part of the laboratory research. The Laboratory has a central role during real emergencies when the analysis of complex events requires the use of several software components to give a unique picture of the ongoing events. The European Crisis Management Laboratory is equipped with a 5 x 2.2 m. large video wall 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, wireless. The laboratory's staff is operational during working days, but the infrastructure can be operated on a 24h basis by personnel from other European Commission services who can use the European 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.

List of Workshops in the ECML

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Driver Innovation in Crisis management for European Resilience

The European Network of Crisis Management Laboratories (ENCML) consists of a platform of knowledge, infrastructures, tools and resources to exchange knowledge and to host cross-countries exercises focused on crisis management. It is conceived within the DRIVER (Driver Innovation in Crisis management for European Resilience) project which implements the Aftermath Crisis Management System-of- Systems Demonstration Programme funded under FP7.

DRIVER aims to develop a pan-European test-bed to improve crisis management capability. The test-bed will consist of virtually connected exercise facilities and laboratories where researchers, policy makers, providers, users and citizens can progress and discuss on new approaches and operational concepts. As a result, a comprehensive portfolio of tools will supplement the valuable European crisis management legacy in a cost-effective way. Moreover, the creation of a DRIVER Community will facilitate a deeper understanding of crisis management across Europe. 

In this context, the ENCML aims to strengthen response and training through an all-encompassing approach based on collaboration, information sharing and technology. While the network of laboratories will build on existing capabilities and resources, it also will help developing a common operational picture (COP) through coordination mechanisms and collaborative decision-making processes. The objectives range from the organization and hosting of distributed exercises to the development of harmonized performance standards. The variety of activities carried out within the ENCML will provide both a breeding ground for knowledge and for technological innovations.