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.